This week in Reviews in History Alisa Miller reviews Annette Becker’s Apollinaire: une biographie de geurre 1914-1918-2009, a portrait of one man’s attempt to understand his own life and history in the context of a war that was revelatory for those who lived through it, as well as those who attempt to understand it now.

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