In his compelling new history, The Beauty and The Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War,
historian Peter Englund has chosen firsthand accounts from 20 very
different and disparate individuals who either fought in the war or were
touched in some fashion by “The Great War,” as it has been called.
Jacob Baynham makes an important observation in “Blowing Their Tops” (issue of Nov. 11) that nothing but Russian Olive has grown back on an eastern Kentucky mountain that was mined and reclaimed 20 years ago.