Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Great War: A Reading List

Tsar Nicholas and King George V
With the four year-long 100th anniversary of The Great War coming to end in November, now is a good time to brush up on the event that still leaves a mark on the world today.

Starting with how the world got to the event of June 28, 1914
1. To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild

2. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark

3. The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman

4. The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillian

5. 1913: The Year Before the Storm by Florian Illies, Shaun Whiteside, and Jamie Lee Searle

6. Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War by Max Hastings

Kaiser Wilhelm II

Battles and Soldiers
7. Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics by Kathryn J. Atwood

8. Forgotten Voices of the Great War by Max Arthur and the Imperial War Museum (UK)

9. The Harlem Hell Fighters: The African-American 369th Infantry in World War I by Stephen L. Harris and Rod Paschall

10. Voices From the Trenches: Letters to Home by Noel Carthew

11. The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War by Richard Rubin and Grover Gardener


12. Backs to the Wall: A Larrikin on the Western Front by G.D. Mitchell

13. Somme: The Darkest Hour on the Western Front by Peter Hart

14. The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East by Eugene Rogan

The war might have ended, but there is no peace (1918 and beyond)
15. The Great Silence: Living in the Shadow of the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz Age by Juliet Nicholson

16. The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry

17. 1918 The Year of Victory: The End of the Great War and the Shaping of History by Ashley Ekins




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