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Best World War 1 Books

Recommendations from 14 articles, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Stanley McChrystal, Simon Smith.
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The Great War and Modern Memory
Paul Fussell - Jun 12, 2013 (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...
War Game
Village Green to No-Man's-Land
Michael Foreman - Oct 01, 2006 (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...
The First World War
John Keegan - May 15, 2000 (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 ...
Rites of Spring
The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age
Modris Eksteins - Sep 14, 2000 (first published in 1989)
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A rare and remarkable cultural history of World War I that unearths the roots of modernism...
The First World War
Hew Strachan - Apr 05, 2005 (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...
Once an Eagle
Anton Myrer - Mar 12, 2013 (first published in 1968)
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Once An Eagle is the story of one special man, a soldier named Sam Damon, and his adversary over a lifetime, fellow officer Courtney Massengale. Damon is a professional who puts duty, honor, and the men he commands above self interest. Massengale, however, brilliantly advances by making the right connections behind the lines and in Washington's cor...
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Stanley McChrystal
The Sleepwalkers
How Europe Went to War in 1914
Christopher Clark - Mar 18, 2014
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The moments that it took Gavrilo Princip to step forward to the stalled car and shoot dead Franz Ferdinand and his wife were perhaps the most fateful of the modern era. An act of terrorism of staggering efficiency, it fulfilled its every aim: it would liberate Bosnia from Habsburg rule and it created a powerful new Serbia, but it also brought down ...
The Guns of August
Barbara W. Tuchman - Mar 08, 1994 (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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Doris Kearns Goodwin
PRIVATE PEACEFUL FILM TIE PB
Michael Morpurgo - Jan 01, 2012 (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...
The Price of Glory
Verdun 1916
Alistair Horne - Jan 01, 1994 (first published in 1962)
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The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 ...
Storm of Steel
(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Ernst Junger - May 31, 2016 (first published in 1920)
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One of the great war memoirs, published here in a stunning Deluxe Edition for the centenary of World War I and the Battle of the Somme — and featuring a foreword by the New York Times bestselling author of MatterhornA worldwide bestseller published shortly after the end of World War I, Storm of Steel is a memoir of astonishing power, savagery, and ...
Sword of Honor by Evelyn Waugh
Where The Poppies Now Grow by Hilary Ann Robinson
A Storm in Flanders by Winston Groom
The Christmas Truce by Hilary Ann Robinson
Story Of London - Usborne Sticker Book by Collectif
The Story of World War One by Richard Brassey
Peace Lily by
Flo of the Somme by Hilary Ann Robinson
Stories of World War One by Tony Bradman
Good-Bye to All That by Robert Graves
Remembrance by Breslin Theresa
Truce by Jim Murphy
Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick
Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin
Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
The Regeneration trilogy by Pat Barker
Winnie by Sally M. Walker
A Song for Will by
When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
26 Marathons by Meb Keflezighi
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
The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
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
No Man's Land by Wendy Moore
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
The Trigger by Tim Butcher
Passchendaele by Nick Lloyd
1914-1918 by D. Stevenson
A Soldier's Friend by Megan Rix
Cataclysm by David Stevenson
Torchbearers of Democracy by Chad L. Williams
The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha by Michael Foreman
Poems from the First World War by Gaby Morgan
World War I for Kids by R. Kent Rasmussen
Stubby by Michael Foreman
The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry by George Walter
National Geographic Kids Everything World War I by Karen L. Kenney
Archies War by Marcia Williams
Vlad and the Great Fire of London by Kate Cunningham
You Wouldn't Want to Be in the Trenches in World War One! by Professor Alex Woolf
One Boy's War by Lynn Huggins-Cooper
Forgotten Victory by Gary Sheffield
Stubby the Dog Soldier by Blake Hoena
Stubby the War Dog by Ann Bausum
DKfindout! World War I by Brian Williams
Walter Tull's Scrapbook by Michaela Morgan
Only Remembered by Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
Archie's War by Marcia Williams
The Fortress by Alexander Watson
The Little Hen and The Great War [Paperback] [Mar 06, 2014] Jennifer Beck by Jennifer Beck
Frightful First World War by Terry Deary
Over The Line by Tom Palmer
September Evening by
Army of Empire by George Morton-Jack
The Real Winnie by Val Shushkewich
War Fever by Randy Roberts
DK Eyewitness Books by Simon Adams
Where Poppies Grow by Linda Granfield
Longman Companion to the First World War by Colin Nicolson
The Hazy Red Hell by Tom Donovan
Stories of the First World War by Jim Eldridge
Vlad and the First World War by Kate Cunningham
Paris 1919 by Margaret MacMillan
The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy
War Boy by Michael Foreman
White Feather by Catherine & MacPhail
The Greatest Day in History by Nicholas Best
Freedom Struggles by Adriane Lentz-Smith
The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker
Goodbye to all that by
At Battle in World War I by Allison Lassieur
Dear Jelly by Sarah Ridley