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


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47641-8 (0-307-47641-3)

Finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography

One of the Best Books of the Year:
The Christian Science Monitor
NPR
The Seattle Times 
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
Chicago Tribune


A New York Times Notable Book

The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War I was, in the words of T. E. Lawrence, “a sideshow of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Terrible Terry Allen
Combat General of World War II - The Life of an American Soldier
Written by Gerald Astor


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: June 29, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-89141-834-4 (0-89141-834-2)

Terry de la Mesa Allen was one of the most remarkable soldiers in American military history. He failed out of West Point twice, yet ended up as a fearless battalion commander during World War I— personally leading patrols into no-man’s-land.

During World War II, following hard and successful combat in North Africa... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1310-6 (1-4262-1310-7)

Told for the first time, this is the true story of a stray dog who eventually became affectionately known as “Sergeant Stubby” the most famous war dog of World War I. Award-winning author Ann Bausum brings her friendly writing style and in-depth research to her first-ever book for adults. 

Stubby’s story begins... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Absolutist

Written by John Boyne


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: July 10, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-552-5 (1-59051-552-8)

2012 ALA STONEWALL HONOR BOOK
It is September 1919: twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War.

But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan’s visit. He... Read more >
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The Harlem Hellfighters

Written by Max Brooks
Illustrated by Caanan White


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-46497-2 (0-307-46497-0)

Teachers/Professors: To request an Advance Reader's Copy, email rhacademic@randomhouse.com with your full school shipping address.

THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS is a fictionalized account of the 369th Infantry Regiment—the first African American regiment mustered to fight in World War I. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina... Read more >

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Trench
A History of Trench Warfare on the Western Front
Written by Stephen Bull


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0132-6 (1-4728-0132-6)

The First World War was one of the costliest conflicts in history, much of it fought over a narrow and bloody swathe of France and Flanders. At the outbreak of war, it was anticipated that conventional battle would bring a quick resolution, but four years later, strategy, tactics and the material... Read more >
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Collision of Empires
The War on the Eastern Front in 1914
Written by Prit Buttar


Format: Hardcover, 488 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-648-0 (1-78200-648-6)

Drawing on first-hand accounts and detailed archival research, this is a dramatic retelling of the the tumultuous events of the first year of World War I on the Eastern Front, with the battles of Tannenberg and the Masurian Lakes in East Prussia, followed by the Russo-Austrian clashes in Galicia and the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7912-4 (1-4000-7912-8)

In the years before the First World War, the great European powers were ruled by three first cousins: King George V of Britain, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Together, they presided over the last years of dynastic Europe and the outbreak of the most destructive... Read more >
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George, Nicholas and Wilhelm
Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I
Written by Miranda Carter


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 23, 2010
Price: $37.50
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4363-7 (1-4000-4363-8)

A story of the self-delusion of royalty: three monarchs who were also three first cousins—Wilhelm II, the last kaiser of Germany; George V of Britain; and Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia—and their mistaken belief, on the very brink of World War I, that their family connection could save Europe... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Fear
A Novel of World War I
Written by Gabriel Chevallier
Translated by Malcolm Imrie
Introduction by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-716-7 (1-59017-716-9)

Winner of the Scott Moncrieff Prize for Translation

1915: Jean Dartemont heads off to the Great War, an eager conscript. The only thing he fears is missing the action. Soon, however, the vaunted “war to end all wars” seems like a war that will never end: whether mired in the trenches or... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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1901

Written by Robert Conroy


Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-843-6 (0-89141-843-1)

The year is 1901. Germany’s navy is the second largest in the world; their army, the most powerful. But with the exception of a small piece of Africa and a few minor islands in the Pacific, Germany is without an empire. Kaiser Wilhelm II demands that the United States surrender its... Read more >
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Woodrow Wilson
A Biography
Written by John Milton Cooper, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27790-9 (0-307-27790-9)

The first major biography of America’s twenty-eighth president in nearly two decades, from one of America’s foremost Woodrow Wilson scholars.

A Democrat who reclaimed the White House after sixteen years of Republican administrations, Wilson was a transformative president—he helped create the regulatory bodies and legislation that prefigured FDR’s New Deal and would... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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World War One: 1914-1918

Written by Alan Cowsill
Illustrated by Lalit Kumar Sharma


Format: Trade Paperback, 132 pages
Publisher: Campfire
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-93-80741-85-7 (93-80741-85-5)

The First World War, also known as the Great War, involved over thirty nations and resulted in the deaths of millions of young men.  This graphic novel brings history to life as we see the war through the eyes of the young conscripted servicemen on all sides of the conflict. Introducing... Read more >

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First World War Britain
1914-1919
Written by Peter Doyle


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: June 19, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1098-8 (0-7478-1098-2)

When Britain declared war on Germany in August 1914, most expected the war to be over by Christmas, and only a handful forecast the length of the conflict, or the impact it would have on a civilian population whose experience of war to date had been reading of the exploits of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Missing of the Somme

Written by Geoff Dyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 9, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74297-1 (0-307-74297-0)

From one of our most beloved, original authors, a classic book never before published in the U.S.—a personal meditation on war and remembrance.

Geoff Dyer has won fans writing about everything from jazz to D.H. Lawrence, from photography to neurotic enlightenment, from Cambodia to Rome. The Missing of the Somme, his... Read more >
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The Beauty and the Sorrow
An Intimate History of the First World War
Written by Peter Englund and Peter Graves


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73928-5 (0-307-73928-7)

An intimate narrative history of World War I told through the stories of twenty men and women from around the globe--a powerful, illuminating, heart-rending picture of what the war was really like.

In this masterful book, renowned historian Peter Englund describes this epoch-defining event by weaving together accounts of the average... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure
The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika
Written by Giles Foden


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7526-3 (1-4000-7526-2)

The Whitbread Award-winning author of The Last King of Scotland brings his extensive knowledge of Africa to his first work of nonfiction: the incredible true story that inspired the classic film The African Queen.

When the First World War breaks out, the British navy is committed to engaging the enemy wherever there... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hat in the Ring
The Birth of American Air Power in the Great War
Written by Bert Frandsen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-281-2 (1-58834-281-6)

When Congress declared war in April 1917, the Europeans had already deployed their third generation of fighters, equipped with machine guns and capable of speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, while the American Air Service consisted of only a handful of aviators in unarmed trainers. In this first in-depth... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Man's Search for Meaning

Written by Viktor E. Frankl
Afterword by William J. Winslade
Foreword by Harold S. Kushner


Format: Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2006
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1429-5 (0-8070-1429-X)

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945, Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, trade paperback and a trade paperback.

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Europe's Last Summer
Who Started the Great War in 1914?
Written by David Fromkin


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72575-3 (0-375-72575-X)

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 Ferdinand; others have concluded it was unavoidable.

In Europe’s Last Summer... Read more >
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In The Time Of The Americans
FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Marshall, MacArthur-The Generation That Changed America 's Role in the World
Written by David Fromkin


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 1996
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76728-2 (0-679-76728-2)

Coming of age during World War I and attaining their finest hour in World War II and the Cold War, these men—FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Marshall, MacArthur—transformed America from an isolated frontier nation into a global superpower. As he tells their stories, Fromkin, author of A Peace to End All Peace, shows... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27654-4 (0-307-27654-6)

The First World War was a conflict of unprecedented ferocity. After the last shot was fired and the troops marched home, approximately three million soldiers remained unaccounted for. An unassuming English chaplain first proposed a symbolic burial in memory of all the missing dead; subsequently the idea was picked up by... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Catastrophe 1914
Europe Goes to War
Written by Max Hastings


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74383-1 (0-307-74383-7)

A New York Times Notable Book of 2013
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

World War I evokes images of the trenches: grinding, halting battles that sacrificed millions of lives for no territory or visible gain. Yet the first months of the war, from the German invasion of Belgium to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Catastrophe 1914
Europe Goes to War
Written by Max Hastings


Format: Hardcover, 672 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59705-2 (0-307-59705-9)

From the acclaimed military historian, a new history of the outbreak of World War I: the dramatic stretch from the breakdown of diplomacy to the battles—the Marne, Ypres, Tannenberg—that marked the frenzied first year before the war bogged down in the trenches.

In Catastrophe 1914, Max Hastings gives us a conflict different... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Great War

Written by Mark Holborn and Hilary Roberts


Format: Hardcover, 504 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $100.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-35070-9 (0-385-35070-8)

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, dramatic photographic narrative captures the war from the early arms race that developed around... Read more >
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