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Best World War 1 Books

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Best World War 1 Books
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All Quiet on the Western Front
A Novel
Erich Maria Remarque - 1987-03-12 (first published in 1929)
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One by one the boys begin to fallIn 1914 a room full of German schoolboys, fresh-faced and idealistic, are goaded by their schoolmaster to troop off to the glorious war. With the fire and patriotism of youth they sign up. What follows is the moving story of a young unknown soldier experiencing the horror and disillusionment of life in the trenches....
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Donald Trump
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The Great War and Modern Memory
Paul Fussell - 2013-06-12 (first published in 1975)
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Winner of both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and named by the Modern Library one of the twentieth century's 100 Best Non-Fiction Books, Paul Fussell's The Great War and Modern Memory was universally acclaimed on publication in 1970. Today, Fussell's landmark study remains as original and gripping as ever: a lite...
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The First World War
Hew Strachan - 2005-04-05 (first published in 2003)
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The First World War: To Arms v.1 Features Hew Strachan's monumental account on the First World War. This work combines military and strategic perspectives with those of cultural, diplomatic, economic, and social history and also represents the viewpoints of Germany, England, and France. Full description...
Michael Morpurgo - 2012-01-01 (first published in 2003)
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Longer novels from Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo are always a particular treat, and Private Peaceful is no exception. Tragic, surprising and engaging in equal measures, Morpurgo's novel charts both the childhood of young Thomas Peaceful in the early years of the 20th century, and his eventual underage enlistment in the British army to help f...
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Testament of Youth
Vera Brittain - 2005-05-31 (first published in 1933)
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Much of what we know and feel about the First World War we owe to Vera Brittain's elegiac yet unsparing book, which set a standard for memoirists from Martha Gellhorn to Lillian Hellman. Abandoning her studies at Oxford in 1915 to enlist as a nurse in the armed services, Brittain served in London, in Malta, and on the Western Front. By war's end sh...
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The Guns of August
Barbara W. Tuchman - 1994-03-08 (first published in 1962)
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Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman has brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and how it could have been stopped but wasn'...
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Sword of Honor
Evelyn Waugh - 2012-12-11 (first published in 1965)
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Evelyn Waugh's acclaimed World War II trilogy comprises the three acclaimed novels Men at Arms, Officers and Gentlemen, and Unconditional Surrender. This narrative spanning the war, based in part on Evelyn Waugh's own experiences as an army officer, is the author's surpassing achievement as a novelist. Its central character is Guy Crouchback, head ...
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War Game
Village Green to No-Man's-Land
Michael Foreman - 2006-10-01 (first published in 1993)
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Based on a true account of a football game played between the German and English troops in no-man's land on Christmas Day in 1914 during World War I, this book tells the story of four young men who have recently enlisted and have found that war is not as glamorous as they had once thought. The young men get to realize their dream of playing footbal...
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Rites of Spring
The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age
Modris Eksteins - 2000-09-14 (first published in 1989)
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A rare and remarkable cultural history of World War I that unearths the roots of modernism Dazzling in its originality, Rites of Spring probes the origins, impact, and aftermath of World War I, from the premiere of Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring in 1913, to the death of Hitler in 1945. Recognizing that The Great War was the psychological tu...
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The First World War
John Keegan - 2000-05-15 (first published in 1999)
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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 helped to usher in the ideas that have shaped our times--modernism in the arts, new approaches to ...
Good-Bye to All That by Robert Graves
The Sleepwalkers by Christopher Clark
Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer
The Price of Glory by Alistair Horne
Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger
The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
Where The Poppies Now Grow by Hilary Ann Robinson
A Storm in Flanders by Winston Groom
No Man's Land by Wendy Moore
The Christmas Truce by Hilary Ann Robinson
Story Of London - Usborne Sticker Book by Collectif
The Story of World War One by Richard Brassey
Archies War by Marcia Williams
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Flo of the Somme by Hilary Ann Robinson
War Fever by Randy Roberts
Where Poppies Grow by Linda Granfield
Stories of World War One by Tony Bradman
Paris 1919 by Margaret MacMillan
The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker
Remembrance by Breslin Theresa
Truce by Jim Murphy
A Mad Catastrophe by Geoffrey Wawro
The French Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins
Line of Fire by Barroux
Learning to Fight by Aimée Fox
The End of Innocence by Allegra Jordan
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin
Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery
The Road Back by Erich Maria Remarque
The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb
The Regeneration trilogy by Pat Barker
A Song for Will by
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
26 Marathons by Meb Keflezighi
The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen by Wilfred Owen
The Fall of the Ottomans by Eugene Rogan
The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow
Shooting at the Stars by John Hendrix
Ring of Steel by Alexander Watson
The Last of the Doughboys by Richard Rubin
Gallipoli by L. A. Carlyon
By Lyn Macdonald They Called it Passchendaele by
The Best Christmas Present in the World by Michael Morpurgo M. B. E.
Somme by Lyn MacDonald
Poppy Field by Michael Morpurgo
The First World War by Martin Gilbert
The World Crisis, 1911-1918 by Winston S. Churchill
In Flanders Fields by Linda Granfield
Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon
Armistice Runner by Tom Palmer
The Story of the First World War for Children by John Malam
Simple History by Daniel Turner
Rags by Margot Theis Raven
Sergeant York by Alvin York
Christmas Truce by Aaron Shepard
Passchendaele by Nick Lloyd
1914-1918 by D. Stevenson
A Soldier's Friend by Megan Rix
Cataclysm by David Stevenson
A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry by George Walter
Forgotten Victory by Gary Sheffield
Stubby the Dog Soldier by Blake Hoena
Stubby the War Dog by Ann Bausum
Frightful First World War by Terry Deary
World War I by Simon Adams
Winnie by Sally M. Walker
A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War by Joseph Loconte
World War I by DK
The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy
Answer as a Man by Taylor Caldwell
World's End by Upton Sinclair
George, Nicholas and Wilhelm by Miranda Carter
Black Poppies by Stephen Bourne
The Meaning of Names by Karen Shoemaker