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Henry James: War, the waste of life and time and money

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American writers on peace and against war

Henry James: Beguiled into thinking war, worst horror that attends the life of nations, could not recur

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Henry James
From The American

Newman had come out of the war with a brevet of brigadier-general, an honor which in this case – without invidious comparisons – had lighted upon shoulders amply competent to bear it. But though he could manage a fight, when need was, Newman heartily disliked the business; his four years in the army had left him with an angry, bitter sense of the waste of precious things – life and time and money and “smartness” and the early freshness of purpose; and he had addressed himself to the pursuits of peace with passionate zest and energy.

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