Your excellent survey of the thoughts of various Princetonians on World War I (feature, Nov. 7) had one glaring omission, the viewpoint of Ed Strauss ’72. In 2014 Ed published with, alas, the Yale University Press a superb translation, the only one in English to date, of the seminal book on life in the trenches during the war. The title en francais is Les carnets de guerre de Louis Barthas, tonnelier, 1914–1918. Ed’s book is titled Poilu: The World War I Notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas, Barrelmaker, 1914–1918. I commend Ed’s work to anyone interested in the war and the horrors endured by the men who fought it.
In Response to: Still in the Trenches: World War I and Its Complicated Aftermath