Who were the Irish men who went to war? What did they think, feel and believe? And how did war change the course of their lives and our own? Pushed to the wrong side of Irish history by the struggle for independence, the extraordinary stories of the men and women who risked and, in over 30,000 cases, lost their lives as a consequence of the Great War have never gained the recognition they deserve. On the eve of that conflict's centenary, as public interest turns once again to the dormant battlefields of the Somme valley and Ypres, it's time to reconsider the remarkable human experiences that defined Ireland's experience of the war. Based on first-hand accounts of the conflict, this collection of character portraits and stirring anecdotes brings to life the hopes, fears and ambitions that defined Ireland's lost generation. By turns poignant, whimsical and darkly comic, this is history as it should - free-wheeling and finely tuned to the rhythms of the human heart.