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Everybody’s life is an adventure, but that of Philip Gibbs, covering a long span of years, has been exceptional in its variety of experience. He has been one of the chroniclers of history and for a long time was one of the most famous journalists in Fleet Street, often behind the scenes of the passing drama. As a war correspondent on the Western Front in the First World War he earned renown and won his knighthood.
He met many of the chief actors in this pageant of the times—Kings and Princes, Presidents and Statesmen, great soldiers, famous authors and all sorts and conditions of men and women in high places and low—both good and bad. For this book, crowded with anecdote, his memory has dipped into the past—a memory so rich that it is like an international portrait gallery or an inexhaustible storehouse of reminiscences, brought forth without effort, as in his conversation. These pages contain a summing up of his ‘life’s adventure’, . . .—From the Dustcover. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Gibbs, Philip
Sir Philip Armand Hamilton Gibbs (1 May 1877—10 March 1962) was an English journalist and prolific author of books who served as one of five official British reporters during the First World War.
A man of decidedly liberal views, Gibbs took an interest in popular movements of the time, including the suffragettes, publishing a book on the British women's suffrage movement in 1910. With tensions growing in Europe in the years immediately preceding 1914, Gibbs repeatedly expressed a belief that war could be avoided between the Entente and Central Powers. In the event, war broke out in August 1914 and Gibbs secured an early journalistic posting to the Western Front. It was not long before the War Office in London resolved to "manage" popular information about the war, partly by censorship of war reporting. Gibbs was denied permission to remain on the Western Front; he stubbornly refused to return but was duly arrested and sent home.
Gibbs was not long out of official favour, however. Along with four other men he was officially accredited as a war correspondent, his work appearing in the Daily Telegraph and Daily Chronicle. The price he had to pay for accreditation was to submit to effective censorship. He agreed, although unhappy with the arrangement. Gibbs' wartime output was prodigious. He produced a stream of newspaper articles and a series of books: The Soul of the War, The Battle of the Somme, From Bapaume to Passchendaele, and The Realities of War.
The outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 brought Gibbs a renewed appointment as a war correspondent, this time for the Daily Sketch. This proved a brief stint however and he spent part of the war employed by the Ministry of Information. After the war he continued to write about the effects of the war in Europe. He passed away in 1962.
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