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Kitchener Wants You book by Martyn Thatcher and Anthony Quinn

Kitchener Wants You

Martyn Thatcher and
Anthony Quinn

This book explores the First World War through the remarkable 'Your Country Needs You' poster by Alfred Leete, which first appeared as a London Opinion magazine cover in 1914. Those words and the pointing image have influenced millions of people across the world ever since.

Kitchener Wants You presents new facts about the 'Kitchener' poster, and goes on to explore why this poster, among hundreds of others, has survived as such a cultural and design icon.

Evidence is provided to prove that the poster was indeed seen across the UK, debunking the ideas of previous researchers and curators who have questioned its very existence.

One hundred years from Lord Kitchener's death aboard HMS Hampshire in June 1916, Kitchener Wants You shows how the great man is remembered from the image on the poster rather than from what he really looked like and how, like Chinese whispers, facts change over the years.

Published 100 years after Lord Kitchener's death. Foreword by Lady Kenya Tatton Brown, a great niece of Lord Kitchener

If you have a question about the book, you can send me an e-mail:
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