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1913
The Year Before the Storm
Written by Florian Illies
Translated by Shaun Whiteside and Jamie Lee Searle


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-351-9 (1-61219-351-X)

It was the year Henry Ford first put a conveyer belt in his car factory, and the year Louis Armstrong first picked up a trumpet. It was the year Charlie Chaplin signed his first movie contract, and Coco Chanel and Prada opened their first dress shops. It was the year Proust... Read more >
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The First World War
The War to End All Wars
Written by Geoffrey Jukes


Format: Hardcover, 364 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: June 18, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-78200-280-2 (1-78200-280-4)

Raging for over four years across the tortured landscapes of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, the First World War changed the face of warfare forever. Characterized by slow, costly advances and fierce attrition, the great battles of the Somme, Verdun and Ypres incurred human loss on a scale never previously... Read more >
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The First World War

Written by John Keegan


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 16, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70045-3 (0-375-70045-5)

From the much-debated causes to the blood baths to the collapse of empires and Victorian Europe, John Keegan explores and communicates the details, themes, and mind-numbing horror of the First World War with clarity, authority, and compassion. Central to his thesis is the assertion that the war was avoidable; a tragic... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audio CD and an eBook.

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A Soldier on the Southern Front
The Classic Italian Memoir of World War 1
Written by Emilio Lussu
Afterword by Mark Thompson
Translated by Gregory Conti


Format: Hardcover, 278 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-4278-0 (0-8478-4278-9)

A rediscovered Italian masterpiece chronicling the author’s experience as an infantryman, newly translated and reissued to commemorate the centennial of World War I. Taking its place alongside works by Ernst JŸnger, Robert Graves, and Erich Maria Remarque, Emilio Lussu’s memoir is one of the most affecting accounts to come out of... Read more >
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Suddenly We Didn't Want to Die
Memoirs of a World War I Marine
Written by Elton Mackin


Format: Trade Paperback, 276 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: November 1, 1993
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-89141-593-0 (0-89141-593-9)

A Marine Corps veteran recounts his service with the Marine Brigade's 1st Battalion during World War I Read more >
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Paris 1919
Six Months That Changed the World
Written by Margaret MacMillan
Foreword by Richard Holbrooke


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76052-5 (0-375-76052-0)

• Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize
• Winner of the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize
• Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize

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... Read more >
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The War That Ended Peace
The Road to 1914
Written by Margaret MacMillan


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 29, 2014
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8066-0 (0-8129-8066-2)

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The New York Times Book Review • The Economist • The Christian Science Monitor • Bloomberg Businessweek • The Globe and Mail

From the bestselling and award-winning author of Paris 1919 comes a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, a fascinating portrait of Europe from 1900 up... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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


Format: Hardcover, 784 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6855-5 (1-4000-6855-X)

From the bestselling and award-winning author of Paris 1919 comes a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, a fascinating portrait of Europe from 1900 up to the outbreak of World War I. With a sweeping story, vivid characters, and sharp insight, Margaret MacMillan powerfully explores the decisions made and the economic, social, political... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Castles of Steel
Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea
Written by Robert K. Massie


Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: November 2, 2004
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40878-5 (0-345-40878-0)

Robert K. Massie, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and Dreadnought, elevates to its proper historical importance the role of sea power in the winning of the Great War.

The predominant image of this first world war is of mud and trenches, barbed wire, machine guns, poison... Read more >
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Dreadnought

Written by Robert K. Massie


Format: Trade Paperback, 1040 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 15, 1992
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-37556-8 (0-345-37556-4)

From the author of Peter the Great comes a richly textured and gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century's first great arms race and the bloodbath of World War I. With the biographer's rare genius for expressing the essence of extraordinary lives, Massie brings... Read more >
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A World Undone
The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
Written by G.J. Meyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
On Sale: May 29, 2007
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38240-2 (0-553-38240-3)

The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies, and it also unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After ninety years, scholars remain divided on such questions, and it seems likely that they always will. A World Undone does not claim to have all the... Read more >
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A Few Good Women
America's Military Women from World War I to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Written by Evelyn Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9560-5 (1-4000-9560-3)

In this riveting narrative history, women veterans from the world wars, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq tell their extraordinary stories.

Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee spent fifteen years combing through archives, journals, histories, and news reports, and gathering thousands of eyewitness accounts, letters, and interviews for this unprecedented chronicle... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Book of Camouflage
The Art of Disappearing
Written by Tim Newark


Format: Hardcover, 104 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-831-6 (1-78200-831-4)

Covering the origins of camo patterning, from Wehrmacht field gray, to US Army green, and Commonwealth khaki, to its use in combat today, The Book of Camouflage tells the history of camouflage patterning in conflict.

The collection of images for the The Book of Camouflage was put together by the author... Read more >
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The Darkest Days
The Truth Behind Britain's Rush to War, 1914
Written by Douglas Newton


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-350-7 (1-78168-350-6)

Through a forensic study of the personal papers of many of the key figures on both sides of the debate, historian Douglas Newton pieces together what really went on in the frenetic weeks between the assassination in Sarajevo and the declaration of war on August 4, 1914.

Many recently published histories of... Read more >
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The Road to Verdun
World War I's Most Momentous Battle and the Folly of Nationalism
Written by Ian Ousby


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 10, 2003
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72173-8 (0-385-72173-0)

On February 21, 1916, the Germans launched a surprise offensive at Verdun, an important fortress in northeastern France, sparking a brutal and protracted conflict that would claim more than 700,000 victims. The carnage had little impact on the course of the war, and Verdun ultimately came to symbolize the absurdity and... Read more >
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Soldiers' Songs and Slang of the Great War

Written by Martin Pegler


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0415-0 (1-4728-0415-5)

Soldiers' Songs and Slang of the Great War explains the meaning and origins of the language and songs of WW1.

A bawdy and satiric celebration of cheerful determination in the face of appalling adversity, this book brings forth the sense of humor of the American, Canadian, Australian, and British soldier in the... Read more >
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Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour
Armistice Day, 1918 World War I and Its Violent Climax
Written by Joseph E. Persico


Format: Trade Paperback, 498 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 11, 2005
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76045-7 (0-375-76045-8)

November 11, 1918. The Allied generals knew the fighting would end precisely at 11:00 A.M, yet in the final hours they flung men against an already beaten Germany. The result? Eleven thousand casualties suffered–more than during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Why? Allied commanders wanted to punish the enemy to the... Read more >

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Three Armies on the Somme
The First Battle of the Twentieth Century
Written by William Philpott


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27837-1 (0-307-27837-9)

For decades, the Battle of the Somme has exemplified the horrors and futility of trench warfare. Here William Philpott argues that the battle ultimately gave the British and French forces on the Western Front the knowledge and experience to bring World War I to a victorious end. Philpott shows that twentieth-century... Read more >
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Remembering War the American Way

Written by G. Kurt Piehler


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-145-7 (1-58834-145-3)

Wars do not fully end when the shooting stops. As G. Kurt Piehler reveals in this book, after every conflict from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf War, Americans have argued about how and for what deeds and heroes wars should be remembered.

Drawing on sources ranging from government documents to Embalmer’s... Read more >
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All Quiet on the Western Front
A Novel
Written by Erich Maria Remarque
Translated by Arthur Wesley Wheen


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 29, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91149-5 (0-449-91149-7)

Paul Baumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. Youthful, enthusiastic, they become soldiers. But despite what they have learned, they break into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. And as horrible war plods on year after year, Paul holds fast to a single... Read more >
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All Quiet on the Western Front

Written by Erich Maria Remarque
Translated by Arthur Wesley Wheen


Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 12, 1987
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-449-21394-0 (0-449-21394-3)

This is the classic anti-war novel about young German soldiers during World War I. Twenty-year old Paul Baumer's world of work, duty, culture, and progress is shattered under the first bombardment in the trenches. He vows to fight against the principle of hate that pits young men of the same generation... Read more >
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Shadows in Paradise
A Novel
Written by Erich Maria Remarque
Translated by Ralph Manheim


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 9, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91248-5 (0-449-91248-5)

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Invasion 1914: The Schelieffen Plan to the Battle of the Marne
Before the trenches - the first battles of World War I
Written by Ian Senior


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 19, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0335-1 (1-4728-0335-3)

The German invasion of France and Belgium in August 1914 came agonizingly close to defeating the French armies, capturing Paris and ending the First World War before the autumn leaves had fallen. The initial German strategy revolved around, and in part depended on, rapid victory over the French, but they were... Read more >

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Women in the First World War

Written by Neil Storey


Format: Trade Paperback, 56 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-0752-0 (0-7478-0752-3)

The First World War was the conduit for some of the most dramatic changes in the role of women in British society. Suffragettes gave up their militant protests to support the war effort, and from the moment war broke out women were ready; many had already trained as military and Voluntary... Read more >

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World War I Companion

Written by Mathias Strohn


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-188-1 (1-78200-188-3)

The year 2014 is the centenary of the start of World War I, the Great War–the war to end all wars. This four-year conflict saw the major powers of the world commit their forces on an unparalleled scale, principally in the trenches of the Western Front, but also throughout the world... Read more >
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