About the Author
Gilbert Keith “G.K.” Chesterton (1874-1936) was truly larger than life in every sense of the word. In fact, he was 6’4” and weighted nearly 300 pounds!
However, Chesterton’s figure and lively personality were not the only things that secured him a place in the hearts and minds of people across the globe.
He wrote a massive amount of brilliant writings in his lifetime, which are what he is most known for today.
While he wrote every genre imaginable, his essays and criticisms on contemporary culture stand out as some of his finest works.
He also created Father Brown, a much admired priest turned sleuth who was the protagonist of numerous detective novels.
Chesterton always considered his Christianity an “orthodox” one.
While he transitioned in his life from Anglicanism to Catholicism, his theology is quite varied and interesting, and is still read today.
Orthodoxy (1909) and The Everlasting Man (1925) are some of his most read theological works.
Ultimately, Chesterton was a master wordsmith and debater. Known as the “prince of paradox” his wit, observant disposition, and fearless persona have earned him a place among the pantheon of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century.
About the Work
Frank Sheed complied this collection of essays four years after Chesterton’s passing.
While Chesterton died in 1936, he was no stranger to the Nazi movement as he studied it relentlessly. He was keenly aware of what was going over in Hitler’s Germany and he wasn’t pleased.
Sadly, much of what he wrote about concerning current events of the time and of the future turned out to be chillingly prophetic when WWII finally broke out after his death.
Chesterton firmly believed that the Armistice of November 11, 1918, and the Treaty of Versailles would only lead to another war because they did not properly curb Germany’s aggressiveness. Hence the title of the book The End of the Armistice.