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 History

Lawrence in Arabia
Lawrence in Arabia
War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
by Scott Anderson

"Among the many individual stories of World War I that will doubtless be told and retold for the centenary years between 2014 and 2018, that of T. E. Lawrence stands out from all the rest. . . . Through his large cast, Anderson is able to explore the muddles of the early 20th-century Middle East from several distinct and enlightening perspectives." —The New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)


Sergeant Stubby
Sergeant Stubby
How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation
by Ann Bausum
Foreword by David E. Sharpe

The true story of a stray dog who eventually became affectionately known as "Sergeant Stubby"—the most famous war dog of World War I.


George, Nicholas and Wilhelm George, Nicholas and Wilhelm
Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I
by Miranda Carter

"History on a large canvas. . . . Carter writes incisively about the overlapping events that led to the Great War and changed the world. . . . Impressive. . . . Carter has clearly not bitten off more than she can chew for she—as John Updike once wrote of Gunter Grass—'chews it enthusiastically before our eyes.'" —The New York Times


The Missing of the Somme The Missing of the Somme
by Geoff Dyer

"A lyrical meditation on memory and the meaning of World War I. . . . [A] thoughtful and thought-provoking pilgrimage through the war's bibliography and battlefields. . . . Illuminate[s] how thoroughly memory and history are interwoven with literature." —The Wall Street Journal


The Beauty and the Sorrow The Beauty and the Sorrow
An Intimate History of the First World War

by Peter Englund
Translated by Peter Grave

"An unforgettable and unprecedented view of the war as seen by 20 people who took part in it. . . . Lets us in on astonishing details of the war one would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. . . . Shatters the mold. . . . A beautiful tribute." —San Francisco Chronicle


Liberty's Exiles Hat in the Ring
The Birth of American Air Power in the Great War

by Burt Frandsen

In this first in-depth study of America's first air warriors, Frandsen shows how in just two years the 1st Pursuit Group organized, absorbed French and British technology and experience, and became a well-led, respected, and lethal force over the trenches of the Western Front.


Europe's Last Summer Europe's Last Summer
Who Started the Great War in 1914?

by David Fromkin


"A crisp, lively, day-by-day account of that fateful summer. . . . This book, both decisive and nuanced, is as convincing as it is appalling." —Foreign Affairs


Unknown Soldiers Unknown Soldiers
The Story of the Missing of the First World War
by Neil Hanson

"Stunning. . . . Unknown Soldiers tells you vividly how it felt when the world, then believed to be on a firm foundation, began to stagger and crash." —The Los Angeles Times


Catastrophe 1914 Catastrophe 1914
Europe Goes to War
by Max Hastings

"Hastings argues persuasively that the war's opening phase had a unique character that merits closer study. . . . Hastings ends his deft narrative and analysis by observing that the price of German victory would have been European democracy itself. Those who died to prevent that victory—despite the catastrophic decisions of 1914—did not die in vain." —Wall Street Journal


The Great War The Great War
by Mark Holborn and Hilary Roberts


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.



1913 1913
by Florian Illies
Translated by Shaun Whiteside and Jamie Lee Searle

"A fascinating new structure of writing. . . . With exceptional wit and understanding, Illies shows the societal and cultural changes propelling man toward modern art, new thought processes and war." —Kirkus (starred review)


The First World War The First World War
by John Keegan


"It takes a disciplined and enormously well-read scholar to bring order and meaning to the complexity of the Great War. It takes the artistry of a gifted storyteller to craft such technical detail into a page turner. Mr. Keegan does exactly that." —The Wall Street Journal



The War That Ended Peace The War That Ended Peace
The Road to 1914
by Margaret MacMillan

A fascinating portrait of Europe from 1900 up to the outbreak of World War I. MacMillan powerfully explores the decisions made and the economic, social, political, and human tensions that determined the outbreak of a war that transformed Europe and the world.


Castles of Steel Castles of Steel
Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea

by Robert K. Massie


"[C]omprehensive. . . . Massie has thoroughly combed the published works on the subject, and his account is solid and reliable. . . . [U]ndergraduates will find the book absorbing and useful." —Choice



A World Undone A World Undone
The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
by G.J. Meyer

"[Meyer] blends 'foreground, background, and sidelights' to highlight the complex interactions of apparently unconnected events behind the four-year catastrophic war that destroyed a world and defined a century." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)



The Road to Verdun The Road to Verdun
World War I's Most Momentous Battle and the Folly of Nationalism
by Ian Ousby

"An assured work which steps well beyond the narrow and constricting boundaries of military history. . . . Altogether more significant than a mere dry account of a battle of attrition would have been. . . . Harrowing." —The Sunday Herald


Three Armies on the Somme Three Armies on the Somme
The First Battle of the Twentieth Century

by William Philpott


"A magnificent and powerful book, destined to become the standard work on the subject. Philpott is a confident guide to the battlefield and offers striking images of the fighting." —Daily Express (UK)


The First World War The First World War
The War to End All Wars

by Peter Simkins, Geoffrey Jukes, and Michael Hickey
Foreword by Hew Strachan


This book covers World War I fighting on all fronts, from Flanders to Tannenberg and from Italy to Palestine. A series of moving extracts from personal letters, diaries and journals bring to life the experiences of soldiers and civilians caught up in the war.



Women in the First World War Women in the First World War
by Neil R. Storey and Molly Housego


Told through historical documents, memoirs, photographs, uniforms and ephemera, the authors present a study in empathy of the dramatic years of World War I, from women serving as nurses both at home and on the frontlines, to serving in weapons and other factories throughout Britain, to the uniforms and legacies of these brave volunteers.



World War I Companion World War I Companion
Edited by Mathias Strohn


This study consists of separate articles by 13 respected academics focusing on different aspects of the Great War, ranging from the war at sea, through the Gallipoli campaign to the final offensives of 1918 to give a wide-ranging companion to this truly global conflict.



The Guns of August The Guns of August
by Barbara W. Tuchman


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

"Brilliant . . . [Tuchman's] narrative grips the mind; she does not need maps . . . Instead, she uses excellent descriptions of places and, above all, puts emphasis on the commanders and how they made their decisions." —The New Yorker



The Proud Tower The Proud Tower
A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890–1914

by Barbara W. Tuchman


"Tuchman proved in The Guns of August that she could write better military history than most men. In this sequel, she tells her story with cool wit and warm understanding, eschewing both the sweeping generalizations of a Toynbee and the minute-by-minute simplicisms of a Walter Lord." —Time



 Fiction

Life Class Life Class
by Pat Barker


"Life Class possesses organic power and narrative sweep. . . . Barker conjures up the hellish terrors of the war and its fallout with meticulous precision." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times


Toby's Room Toby's Room
by Pat Barker


"Haunting and complicated sibling love is at the heart of [this] novel. . . . The precision of Ms. Barker's writing shows her again to be one of the finest chroniclers of . . . the First World War." —The Wall Street Journal


An Ice-Cream War An Ice-Cream War
A Novel

by William Boyd

Finalist for the Man Booker Prize

William Boyd brilliantly evokes the private dramas of a generation upswept by the winds of war. By turns comic and quietly wise, An Ice-Cream War deftly renders lives capsized by violence, chance, and the irrepressible human capacity for love.


Fear Fear
A Novel of World War I

by Gabriel Chevallier
Translated by Malcolm Imrie
Introduction by John Berger


"In indelible passages it describes the sensory degradation of war on the human body. . . . Chevallier's long-neglected novel is one of the most effective indictments of war ever written." —Tobias Grey, The Wall Street Journal


The Harlem Hellfighters The Harlem Hellfighters
by Max Brooks
Illustrated by Caanan White


The Harlem Hellfighters is author Max Brooks' graphic novel and fictionalized account of the 369th Infantry Regiment—the highly decorated, barrier-breaking, first African American regiment mustered to fight in World War I.


Parade's End Parade's End
by Ford Madox Ford


Ford Madox Ford's masterpiece, a tetralogy set in England during World War I, is widely considered one of the best novels of the twentieth century.


Good-Bye to All That Good-Bye to All That
An Autobiography

by
Robert Graves

Preface by Robert GravesPaul Fussell

Robert Graves' dramatic, poignant autobiography depicts the horrors and disillusionment of the Great War, from life in the trenches and the loss of dear friends, to the stupidity of government bureaucracy and the absurdity of English class stratification.


The Good Soldier Svejk The Good Soldier Svejk
by Jaroslav Hasek
Translated by Cecil Parrott


The eponymous hero of The Good Soldier Svejk has virtually come to define, since his creation in the aftermath of World War I, the spirit of comic endurance necessary to withstand the manglings of a modern-day bureaucratic war machine.


A Soldier on the Southern Front A Soldier on the Southern Front
The Classic Italian Memoir of World War I
by Emilio Lussu
Afterword by Mark Thompson
Translated by Gregory Conti


A rediscovered Italian masterpiece chronicling the author's experience as an infantryman, newly translated and reissued to commemorate the centennial of World War I.


All Quiet on the Western Front All Quiet on the Western Front
A Novel

by Erich Maria Remarque
Translated by Arthur Wesley Wheen

The classic anti-war novel about young German soldiers during World War I. 20-year-old Paul Baumer's world of work, duty, culture, and progress is shattered under the first bombardment in the trenches, and he vows to fight against the principle of hate that pits young men of the same generation against each other.


The Road Back The Road Back
by Erich Maria Remarque
Translated by Arthur Wesley Wheen


The stunning sequel to All Quiet on the Western Front continues the tale of World Wars I's effect upon a generation.


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