Monument Men: A Book Review

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World War 1: A Monumental History cover.

This is a beautiful book. Rich, well composed photography and with a minimum of commentary (which allows one to appreciate the photographs) make the book World War 1: A Monumental History by Robert Konduros and Richard Parrish (the Monument Men of the blog title) a necessary inclusion into anyone who has an interest or passion for Canadian World War 1 history bookshelf.

Belgian Veterans Association Historical War Memorial located on the boulevard in front of Winnipeg's Belgian Club. This statue is unique as very few war memorials or statues portray a dead soldier. Source: https://ww1monument.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/dsc_03931.jpg?w=640&h=428

An example of the photography representative in the book. Belgian Veterans Association Historical War Memorial located on the boulevard in front of Winnipeg’s Belgian Club. This statue is unique as very few war memorials or statues portray a dead soldier. Source: https://ww1monument.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/dsc_03931.jpg?w=640&h=428

The coffee-table format of this books allow the rich well composed photographs to fill the pages allowing the reader to see, and almost feel, the various materials of the statues and monuments featured in this book, be it the stones of the Vimy Monument or the closed eyes of a soldier being lifted to heaven by an angel holding a garland of victory in the other hand.

The authors have travelled across Canada and to the Western Front where Canada fought and bled to record these reminders of our Nation’s sacrifice. The photographs are strong on visual composition and detail allowing the reader to appreciate the featured memorial and short concise text explains the significant details of the monument.

As each monument, save for Vimy and the National Memorial in Ottawa, was paid for and supported by local subscription and money raising campaigns in the communities in which they were erected and this effort speaks to the outpouring of national mourning and the need to recognize those buried so far from home.

Mr. Konduros and Parrish have achieved their goal for, “…the purpose of this book is to highlight the beauty of the many ‘Great War’ statues and monuments in Canada, and to pause and think of that generation of Canadians who gave up their children to war.”

Their book does so. Its rich photographic review of the monuments and statues of Canada and Europe allow one to reflect on those very words.

For further information about Canadian monuments and statues as well as articles about Canadian World War 1 history the authors’ have a blog at https://ww1monument.wordpress.com/ .

World War I: A Monumental History
By Robert Konduros & Richard Parrish
ISBN: 9780993788802
Published by Start Me Up Publishing

CBC Interview with Robert Konduros

The book is available:

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Cambridge (Galt) Cenothaph. Photography by Eric Edwards.

Cambridge (Galt) Cenotaph. Photography by Eric Edwards.

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