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The First World War
The First World War
by John Keegan
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The First World War created the modern world. A conflict of unprecedented ferocity, it abruptly ended the relative peace and prosperity of the Victorian era, unleashing such demons of the twentieth century as mechanized warfare and mass death. It also... (read more)

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To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
by Adam Hochschild
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"This is the kind of investigatory history Hochschild pulls off like no one else . . . Hochschild is a master at chronicling how prevailing cultural opinion is formed and, less frequently, how it's challenged." — Maureen Corrigan, NPRs Fresh... (read more)

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A Brief History of World War I
A Brief History of World War I
by Jon E. (edt) Lewis
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No other conflict has so dramatically illustrated the senselessness of war and shaped the modern world to the same extent, from its impact on the Russian Revolution and the rise of Hitler to the final break-up of the British Empire and the supremacy of... (read more)

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The Great War
The Great War
by Mark Holborn
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On the occasion of the centenary of World War I in August 2014--an unprecedented, spectacular pictorial history of the first global war in 380 black-and-white photographs, many never seen before, from Imperial War Museums in London. This monumental... (read more)

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A Hilltop on the Marne
A Hilltop on the Marne
by Mildred Aldrich
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A unique civilian's eye-view of World War I, depicting, through heartfelt letters from an American woman, a fascinating before and after picture of a French community in disarray What looked impossible is evidently coming to pass . . . I... (read more)

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Paris at the End of the World: The City of Light During the Great War, 1914-1918 (P.S.)
Paris at the End of the World: The City of Light During the Great War, 1914-1918 (P.S.)
by John Baxter
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“An intimate memoir of his grandfathers experiences of that war. ... All this is done with Baxters inimitable lightness of touch and conversational style, which often belies the profound knowledge he has of his adoptive city.” Anton Gill... (read more)

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Poilu: The World War I Notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas, Barrelmaker, 1914-1918
Poilu: The World War I Notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas, Barrelmaker, 1914-1918
by Louis Barthas
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Along with millions of other Frenchmen, Louis Barthas, a thirty-five-year-old barrelmaker from a small wine-growing town, was conscripted to fight the Germans in the opening days of World War I. Corporal Barthas spent the next four years in near... (read more)

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The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War (Oxford Illustrated Histories)
The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War (Oxford Illustrated Histories)
by Hew Strachan
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The First World War, now a century ago, still shapes the world in which we live, and its legacy lives on, in poetry, in prose, in collective memory and political culture. By the time the war ended in 1918, millions lay dead. Three major empires lay... (read more)

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Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany's Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America
Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany's Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America
by Howard Blum
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What happens when German spies collaborate to unleash a campaign of terror upon America at the start of World War I? In the summer of 1914, New York Police Department captain Tom Tunney is preoccupied by Manhattan's raging gang rivalries and has little... (read more)

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Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
by Margaret Macmillan
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Between January and July 1919, after "the war to end all wars," men and women from around the world converged on Paris to shape the peace. Center stage, for the first time in history, was an American president, Woodrow Wilson, who with his Fourteen... (read more)

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Europe's Last Summer : Who Started the Great War in 1914? (04 Edition)
Europe's Last Summer : Who Started the Great War in 1914? (04 Edition)
by David Fromkin
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When war broke out in Europe in 1914, it surprised a European population enjoying the most beautiful summer in memory. For nearly a century since, historians have debated the causes of the war. Some have cited the assassination of Archduke Franz... (read more)

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Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I
Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I
by Michael S. Neiberg
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The common explanation for the outbreak of World War I depicts Europe as a minefield of nationalism, needing only the slightest pressure to set off an explosion of passion that would rip the continent apart. But in a crucial reexamination of the outbreak... (read more)

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Lingo of No Man's Land: A World War I Slang Dictionary
Lingo of No Man's Land: A World War I Slang Dictionary
by Lorenzo N. Smith
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In 1915 Massachusetts native Lorenzo N. Smith, roused by the newspaper reports of desecrated Belgium and France, crossed the Canadian border and joined the Wesmount Rifles. After stints with the First Canadian Contingent at Ypres, Festubert, Givenchy... (read more)

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The Lost Battalion
The Lost Battalion
by Thomas M. Johnson
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In October 1918, the 77th American Division attacked in the Argonne. One mixed battalion of companies from two regiments got as far as it could. Germans closed in the rear, surrounding 600 men. Six days later, after incredible hardships, the wounded and... (read more)

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The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
by Christopher Clark
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On the morning of June 28, 1914, when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie Chotek, arrived at Sarajevo railway station, Europe was at peace. Thirty-seven days later, it was at war. The conflict that resulted would kill more than fifteen million... (read more)

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Library of America #222: Barbara Tuchman: The Guns of August & the Proud Tower
Library of America #222: Barbara Tuchman: The Guns of August & the Proud Tower
by Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
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Writing with a clarity, grace, and novelistic sweep rare among historians, Barbara W. Tuchman (1912-1989) distilled the complex interplay of personalities and events into gripping narratives that fuse rigorous scholarship with elegant literary art. An... (read more)

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The First World War
The First World War
by John Keegan
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The First World War created the modern world. A conflict of unprecedented ferocity, it abruptly ended the relative peace and prosperity of the Victorian era, unleashing such demons of the twentieth century as mechanized warfare and mass death. It also... (read more)

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A More Unbending Battle: The Harlem Hellfighter's Struggle for Freedom in WWI and Equality at Home
A More Unbending Battle: The Harlem Hellfighter's Struggle for Freedom in WWI and Equality at Home
by Peter N. Nelson
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The night broke open in a storm of explosions and fire. The sound of shells whizzing overhead, screeching through the night like wounded pheasants, was terrifying. When the shells exploded prematurely overhead, a rain of shrapnel fell on the men below... (read more)

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The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme
The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme
by Joe Sacco
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Launched on July 1, 1916, the Battle of the Somme has come to epitomize the madness of the First World War. Almost 20,000 British soldiers were killed and another 40,000 were wounded that first day, and there were more than one million casualties by the... (read more)

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Gallipoli
Gallipoli
by Peter Hart
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One of the most famous battles in history, the WWI Gallipoli campaign began as a bold move by the British to capture Constantinople, but this definitive new history explains that from the initial landings--which ended with so much blood in the sea it... (read more)

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