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Books on the Great War 1914 - 1918
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The Arms of Krupp: The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Dynasty that Armed Germany at War
by William Manchester
Paperback from Back Bay Books
The Rape of Belgium: The Untold Story of World War I
by Larry Zuckerman
Hardcover from New York University Press
Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea
by Robert K. Massie
Listed under Naval Operations of the First World War

The Illusion of Victory: America in World War I
by Thomas Fleming

Female Intelligence: Women and Espionage in the First World War
by Tammy M. Proctor

The Great War: Perspectives on the First World War
by Robert Cowley (Editor)

Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy
by Diana Preston
Listed under The Lusitania

World War I
by H. P. Willmott
Hardcover from DK Publishing

A Storm in Flanders : The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918, Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front
by Winston Groom
Hardcover: 272 pages
Atlantic Monthly Pr; ISBN: 0871138425; 1 Ed edition (May )

The Road To Verdun: World War I's Most Momentous Battle and the Folly of Nationalism
by Ian Ousby
"If you haven't seen Verdun, you haven't seen anything of war," said one veteran infantryman of the First World War, referring to a particularly gruesome episode in a four-year clash known for its monotonous brutality. More than 300,000 men were killed at Verdun, out of more than 700,000 total casualties. "By any standards, the figures are formidable: almost one death a minute, day and night, for the ten months that the battle lasted," writes Ian Ousby, who expresses astonishment at "how much suffering was expended and how many lives were lost over strips of ground so small, so insignificant." It began in February, 1916, when the Germans launched an offensive against the French. Neither army made much headway against the other, even as the deaths on both sides rose to staggering proportions. This was typical of the trench warfare of the time. In one sense, Verdun was not much different from other battles in the war; Ousby even calls it a "microcosm" of the larger conflict. Yet, he also argues that it was the war's bleakest and most hopeless scene of engagement. Ousby offers a chronicle of the fighting, and writes from the French perspective--much of the book, in fact, ruminates on the meaning of French nationalism. This combination of military and intellectual history makes The Road to Verdun a top-rate addition to First World War literature. --John Miller -
Hardcover: 416 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.39 x 9.61 x 6.48 
Publisher: Doubleday; (May 14, )
ISBN: 0385503938 

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All Quiet on the Western Front
by Erich Maria Remarque
Probably the best known of all WW1 books, and with good reason.
Paperback Reissue edition
Fawcett Books; ISBN: 0449213943

The Guns of August
by Barbara W. Tuchman
A Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the first 30 days of the War to end Wars, beautifully written and skilfully researched. Db.

Her Privates We
by Frederic Manning. 
Listed under WWI Memoirs

Seven Pillars of Wisdom
T. E. Lawrence
A superbly written account of desert warfare against the Ottoman Turk in WWI by one one of the most intriguing characters of the modern era, this ranks as one of the great classics of 20th century literature..
Listed under Lawrence of Arabia

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Allied Artillery of World War One
by Ian V. Hogg
Listed under Artillery

1915 : The Death of Innocence
by Lyn MacDonald, Robert Cowley
Paperback - 640 pages (April )
Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; ISBN: 0801864437

The 1917 Spring Offensives : Arras, Vimy, Le Chemin Des Dames
by Yves Buffetaut
Hardcover - 200 pages
Combined Books; ISBN: 290818267X

1918 : War and Peace
by Gregor Dallas, Peter Mayer (Editor)

American Women in World War I : They Also Served
by Lettie Gavin
Hardcover - 304 pages (April )
Univ Pr of Colorado; ISBN: 087081432X
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The Arming of Europe and the Making of the First World War
(Princeton Studies in International History and Politics)
David G. Herrmann
Europe's adoption of new 20th-century weaponry increased its land-based military power and influenced international affairs during the series of diplomatic crises that led to the First World War. Historian David Herrmann draws on documentary research in military and state archives in Germany, France, Austria, England, and Italy to provide the most complete study of this subject to date.
Paperback - 322 pages (March 3, )
Princeton Univ Pr; ISBN: 0691015953

Armistice 1918
by Bullitt Lowry
Kent State Univ Pr; ISBN: 0873385535
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At Belleau Wood
Robert B. Asprey
On June 15, 1918, the 2nd U.S. Division soldiers and combat-ready troops recruited from the Marine Corps by General Pershing to supplement limited American forces defeated their German opponents at Belleau Wood, affording a much-needed psycholgical boost for allied morale.
Paperback - 376 pages Reprint edition (November )
University of North Texas Press

Atlas for the Great War
by Thomas E. Griess (Editor), Edward Krasnaborski (Illustrator)
Paperback - 52 pages Spiral edition (October 1986)
Avery Pub Group; ISBN: 089529303X
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Back to the Front : An Accidental Historian Walks the Trenches of World War I
Stephen O'Shea
An evocative fusion of past and present, Back to the Front will resonate as no other book on World War I ever has. Journalist Stephen O'Shea walked the 750 kilometers along the Western Front - the sinuous, deadly line of trenches that stretched from the Belgian coast to Switzerland - to create this remarkable combination of vivid history and eloquent travel writing.
Hardcover - 216 pages
Walker & Co; ISBN: 0802713297

Battle of the Somme
by Gerald Gliddon
Paperback - 512 pages 1 edition
Sutton Publishing; ISBN: 0750919833

Battle Tactics of the Western Front : The British Army's Art of Attack,1916-18
by Paddy Griffith
Hardcover - 286 pages
Yale Univ Pr; ISBN: 0300059108

Bismarck, the Man and the Statesman
by Alan John Percivale Taylor

Paperback (October 1975)
Random House
(Paper); ISBN: 0394703871

British Tommy : 1914-18 (Warrior , No 16)
Martin Pegler, Mike Chappell (Illustrator)
Listed under WW1 Uniforms

Death's Men : Soldiers of the Great War
by Denis Winter
Universally acclaimed as an outstanding work on the horrors of the First World War. Db.

Paperback Reprint edition (March 1993)
Penguin USA
(Paper); ISBN: 0140168222
Devil Dogs : Fighting Marines of World War I
by George B. Clark
Hardcover - 416 pages
Presidio Pr; ISBN: 0891416536

The Doughboys : America and the First World War
by Gary Mead
Hardcover - 478 pages (November 4, )
Overlook Press; ISBN: 1585670618

by Robert K. Massie
Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Robert K. Massie has written a richly textured and gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century's first great arms race. Massie brings to vivid life, such historical figures as the single-minded Admiral von Tirpitz, the young, ambitious, Winston Churchill, the ruthless, sycophantic Chancellor Bernhard von Bulow, and many others. Their story, and the story of the era, filled with misunderstandings, missed opportunities, and events leading to unintended conclusions, unfolds like a Greek tragedy in his powerful narrative. Intimately human and dramatic, DREADNOUGHT is history at its most riveting. The Publisher

The author of the international bestseller Nicholas and Alexandra and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Peter the Great has written a richly textured and gripping chonicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the 20th century's first great arms race. Massie brings to life glittering figures from Winston Churchill and Sir Edward Grey to Jacky Fisher, the eccentric admiral who brought forth the first true battleship, H.M.S. Dreadnought.
Paperback: 1007 pages
Ballantine Books (Trd Pap); ISBN: 0345375564; Reprint edition (November 1992)

The End of the Age of Innocence : Edith Wharton and the First World War Vol 1
Alan Price
While America as a nation stayed out of the early years of World War I, with many Americans judging it to be strictly a European affair, the American writer Edith Wharton believed nothing less than that civilization hung in the balance in the allied battle against the Germans. Driven by a passion to save Europe from German domination, Wharton went to France and Belgium and involved herself with a number of war relief and charity activities. She raised funds, distributed medicine to the troops, and organized work projects for women. Most interestingly, she wrote a series of influential essays that sought to influence American opinion on the war and hasten U.S. involvement. She also edited an anthology of writings about and illustrations of the war by prominent writers and artists, the profits of which benefited war charities. Alan Price's book chronicles Wharton's wartime involvements and considers her wartime writings in an interesting view of an overlooked piece of literary history.
Hardcover: 238 pages
Palgrave Macmillan; ISBN: 0312129386;

The Enormous Room
E. E. Cummings
A fictional account of the author's experience as a guest of the French authorities prior to WWI. "One of the very best of the war-books" T. E. Lawrence
Paperback: W.W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0871401509; Reissue edition

Eye-Deep in Hell : Trench Warfare in World War I
John Ellis
Paperback - 215 pages Reprint edition (October 1989)
Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; ISBN: 0801839475

The European Powers in the First World War : An Encyclopedia
by Spencer C. Tucker (Editor), et al
(Library Binding)

The First World War : Germany and Austria-Hungary, 1914-1918 (Modern Wars)
Holger H. Herwig

The First World War : A Complete History
Martin Gilbert

The First World War
by John Keegan
The author has a gift for talking the lay person through the twists and turns of a complex narrative in a way that is never less than accessible or engaging. Read more...

The First World War : To Arms
by Hew Strachan
Hardcover - 1180 pages Vol 1
Oxford Univ Press; ISBN: 0198208774
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by Alan Moorehead
Australia - as a nation - saw the first battle of its first war at Galipoli, where it had sent the fittest and ablest of its youth to aid the Empire. The cream of a generation was lost in one of the worst military blunders of all time.
Listed under Australia at War

The Great War: Walk in Hell
by Harry Turtledove
Mass Market Paperback from Del Rey

The Great War and Modern Memory
by Paul Fussell
The year 2000 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of The Great War and Modern Memory, winner of the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and recently named by the Modern Library one of the twentieth century's 100 Best Non-Fiction Books. Fussell's landmark study of WWI remains as original and gripping today as ever before: a literate, literary, and illuminating account of the Great War, the one that changed a generation, ushered in the modern era, and revolutionized how we see the world. Exploring the work of Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, Edmund Blunden, David Jones, Isaac Rosenberg, and Wilfred Owen, Fussell supplies contexts, both actual and literary, for those writers who most effectively memorialized WWI as an historical experience with conspicuous imaginative and artistic meaning. For this special edition, the author has prepared a new introduction and afterword. The Publisher.
(Paperback -- April )

Good-Bye to All That : An Autobiography
by Robert Graves
This quintessential memoir of the generation of Englishmen who suffered in World War I is among the most bitter autobiographies ever written
Listed under WWI Memoirs

The Great War in Africa, 1914-1918
Byron Farwell
The African front comprised a series of conflicts, schemes, maneuvers, heroics, disasters, inhospitable climate and geography, and insects--as the Allies sought to conquer four German colonies.
Paperback / Published 1989

An Illustrated History of the First World War
by John Keegan

Jutland 1916 - Campaign #72 : The Last Great Clash of Fleets (Campaign Series, 72)
by Charles London.

Kaiserschlacht 1918 : The Final German Offensive (Campaign Series, 11)
by Randal Gray, et al.

The Last Days of Innocence : America at War 1917-1918
Meirion Harries, Susie Harries

The Last Voyage of the Lusitania
by A. A. Hoehling, Mary Hoehling (Contributor)
Listed under The Lusitania

Like Hidden Fire: The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire
by Peter Hopkirk
Paperback: 448 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.32 x 8.74 x 5.87
Publisher: Kodansha International;
ISBN: 1568361270 

The Lions of July : Prelude to War, 1914
by William Jannen Jr
Paperback - 480 pages
Presidio Pr; ISBN: 0891416374

The Long Fuse : An Interpretation of the Origins of World War I
by Laurence Lafore
Paperback 2nd edition
Waveland Press; ISBN: 0881339547

Machine Guns of World War I : Live Firing Classic Military Weapons in Colour Photographs
by Robert Bruce
Listed under Military Weapons

Military Strategy and the Origins of the First World War (International Security Readers)
Steven E. Miller, et al
Paperback / Published 1991

Mons 1914 : The BEF's Tactical Triumph (Campaign Series)
by David Lomas, et al. Paperback

The Myth of the Great War : A New Military History of World War 1
by John Mosier, Literary Group (Editor)

A Naval History of World War I
Paul G. Halpern
(Also in Paperback)

Origins of the First World War
Leonard Charles Frederick Turner
Paperback / Published 1970

Over There : A Marine in the Great War
Carl Andrew Brannen, et al

Over There! : The American Soldier in World War I
(G.I. Series. the Illustrated History of the American Soldier, His Uniform and His Equipment)
Listed under WW1 Uniforms

The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War
by Hew Strachan (Editor)

Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
by Margaret Olwen Macmillan, Richard Holbrooke

Passchendaele : The Untold Story
by Robin Prior, Trevor Wilson
Paperback - 256 pages (March )
Yale Univ Pr; ISBN: 0300072279

The Penguin Book Of First World War Poetry
by Jon Silkin
Synopsis A selection of poetry written during World War I. In the introduction Jon Silkin traces the changing mood of the poets - from patriotism through anger and compassion to an active desire for social change. The book includes work by Sassoon, Owen, Blunden, Rosenberg, Hardy and Lawrence.
Publisher: Penguin USA (Paper); 2nd Revision edition

The Pity of War: Explaining World War I
by Niall Ferguson
If someone less distinguished than Jesus College, Oxford, fellow Niall Ferguson had written The Pity of War, you could be forgiven for thinking the book was out for a few cheap headlines by contradicting almost every accepted orthodoxy about the First World War. Ferguson argues that Britain was as much to blame for the start of the war as Germany, and that, had Britain sacrificed Belgium to Germany, the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution would never have happened. Germany, he continues, would have created a united European state, and Britain could have remained a superpower. He also contends that there was little enthusiasm for the war in Britain in 1914; on the other hand, he claims the war was prolonged not by clever manipulation of the media, but by British soldiers' taking pleasure in combat. If that isn't enough, he further maintains that it wasn't the severity of the conditions imposed on Germany at Versailles in 1919 that led inexorably to World War II, and blames instead the comparative leniency and the failure to collect reparations in full.

The Pity of War, with no pretensions to offering a grand narrative of the war, goes over its chosen questions like a polemical tract. As such it is immensely readable, well researched, and controversial. You may not end up agreeing with all of Ferguson's arguments, but that should not deter you from reading it. All of us need our deeply held views challenged from time to time, even if only to remind us why we've got them. --John Crace,
Paperback from Basic Books

A Photohistory of World War One
Philip J. Haythornthwaite
Listed under Wartime Photography

The Price of Glory : Verdun 1916
Alistair Horne
Paperback - 371 pages Reissue edition

Penguin USA
(Paper); ISBN: 0140170413
Retreat, Hell! We Just Got Here! : The American Expeditionary Force in France 1917-1918
by Martin Marix Evans
Hardcover - 112 pages
Osprey Pub Co; ISBN: 1855327775

Rommel and Caporetto
by Eileen Wilks, John Wilks
Listed under Rommel

Seven Pillars of Wisdom : A Triumph
T. E. Lawrence
Listed under Lawrence of Arabia

Short History of World War I
James L. Stokesbury
Paperback / Published 1981
Highly Recommended

Silent Night: The Remarkable 1914 Christmas Truce
by Stanley Weintraub Hardcover
History is peppered with oddments and ironies, and one of the strangest is this. A few days before the first Christmas of that long bloodletting then called the Great War, hundreds of thousands of cold, trench-bound combatants put aside their arms and, in defiance of their orders, tacitly agreed to stop the killing in honor of the holiday.

That informal truce began with small acts: here opposing Scottish and German troops would toss newspapers, ration tins and friendly remarks across the lines; there ambulance parties, clearing the dead from the barbwire hell of no man's land, would stop to share cigarettes and handshakes. Soon it spread, so that by Christmas Eve the armies of France, England and Germany were serenading each other with Christmas carols and sentimental ballads and denouncing the conflict with cries of "Ã bas la guerre!" and "Nie wieder Krieg!" The truce was, writes Stanley Weintraub, a remarkable episode, and though "dismissed in official histories as an aberration of no consequence" it was so compelling that many who observed it wrote in near-disbelief to their families and hometown newspapers to report the extraordinary event.

In the end, writes Weintraub, the truce ended with a few stray bullets that escalated into total war, and that would fill the air for just shy of four more Christmases to come. Further, isolated attempts at informal peacemaking would fail, but what, Weintraub wonders at the close of this inspired study, would have happened if the soldiers on both sides had refused to take up arms again? His counterfactual scenarios are intriguing, and well worth pondering. -- Gregory McNamee -
Hardcover: 224 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.81 x 8.74 x 5.82 
Publisher: Free Press; (October 30, )
ISBN: 0684872811 

Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning : The Great War in European Cultural History
(Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare , No 1)
Jay Winter
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Sir Roger Casement in Imperial Germany, 1914-1916
by Reinhard R. Doerries
Listed under Sir Roger Casement

Somme Battlefields : A Comprehensive Guide from Crecy to the Two World Wars
by Martin and Mary Middlebrook
Penguin Uk; ISBN: 0140128476

Suddenly We Didn't Want to Die : Memoirs of a World War I Marine
by Elton E. MacKin
Listed under First World War Memoirs

Tannenberg : Clash of Empires
Dennis E. Showalter
An account of the battle between Russian and outnumbered German forces in August 1914.
Hardcover / Published 1993

The Test of Battle : The American Expenditionary Forces in the Meuse-Argonne Campaign
by Paul F. Braim
Hardcover - 266 pages 2 Rev edition
White Mane Pub; ISBN: 1572490853

Three Soldiers (Signet Classics)
John dos Passos
Based on the author's experiences in World War I, a gritty antiwar novel traces the struggle of three American recruits to preserve their humanity in the face of the army's brutal regimentation. Ingram

The Unknown Soldiers : African-American Troops in World War I
Arthur E. Barbeau, et al
US Marine Corps Aviation: 1912 to the Present
Peter B. Mersky
Listed under US Marines

Victory 1918
by Alan Palmer
Images of World War I are usually dominated by the spectacle of romantic youth being mercilessly ground up in the mud of Ypres and the Somme. Even histories of the Great War tend to focus on the Western Front with, perhaps, a look at the massive battles on the Russian Front while declaring the Middle Eastern, African and Balkan theaters to be mere "sideshows". Distinguished historian Alan Palmer revises this received wisdom in his excellent book "Victory 1918".

Historians have usually argued that the German Army exhausted itself in its final gambit, a titanic push toward Paris in the late months of 1918. Palmer disagrees, contending that Allied offensives in Italy, Greece, Mesopotamia and France kicked the props out from under the German Empire in the early months of the war's final year. A comprehensive survey of Allied military and diplomatic actions throughout the war, "Victory 1918" reveals many global issues that weighed on the minds of British and French war planners. For instance, Field Marshal Earl Kitchner, England's colonial enforcer, squelched a possible jihad throughout India, the Middle East and Africa by appealing to Mecca's spiritually powerful Sherif Hussein in 1914. This diplomatic coup severely reduced the impact of Sultan Mehmed V's call to arms from Constantinople, meaning Britain could then field more divisions in Flanders. Lucid and entertaining, "Victory 1918" is a fresh portrait of a conflict that established the political and military contours of the 20th century. --James Highfill -
Paperback: 384 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.07 x 8.96 x 5.98 
Publisher: Grove Press; (February 27, )
ISBN: 0802137873 

The War to End All Wars : The American Military Experience in World War I
by Edward M. Coffman
Paperback - 440 pages (December )
Univ Pr of Kentucky; ISBN: 0813109558

World War I Posters
by Gary A. Borkan

Yanks : The Epic Story of the American Army in World War I
by John S. D. Eisenhower, Joanne Thompson Eisenhower (Contributor)

The Zimmermann Telegram
Barbara W. Tuchman
Paperback / Published 1985
The Zimmermann telegram was a coded message, intercepted and decoded by the British, inviting Mexico to join Germany and Japan in an attack on the United States. It was the timely revelation of this message by the British which, moreso than the sinking of the Lusitania (which, incidentally, was carrying munitions and was therefore a valid target for the Germans), brought America into the war.
Between Mutiny and Obedience : The Case of the French Fifth Infantry Division During World War I
by Leonard V. Smith
Hardcover - 274 pages
Princeton Univ Pr; ISBN: 0691033048
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The Irish Guards in the Great War : The First Batallion : Edited and Compiled from Their Diaries and Papers
Rudyard Kipling
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The German High Command at War : Hindenburg and Ludendorff Conduct World War I
Robert B. Asprey
Paperback / Published 1993
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The first day on the Somme, 1 July 1916
by Martin Middlebrook
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The Historical Atlas of World War I (A Henry Holt Reference Book)
Anthony Livesey, H.P. Willmott
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Echoes of Distant Thunder : Life in the United States, 1914-1918
(Kodansha Globe)
by Edward Robb Ellis, Philip Turner (Editor)
Paperback - 510 pages Reprint edition
Kodansha; ISBN: 1568361491
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The Storm of Steel : From the Diary of a German Stormtroop Officer on the Western Front
by Ernst Junger
Paperback Rep edition
Howard Fertig; ISBN: 0865274231
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