The Living Unknown Soldier: A Story of Grief and the Great War

The Living Unknown Soldier: A Story of Grief and the Great WarThe Living Unknown Soldier: A Story of Grief and the Great War by Jean-Yves Le Naour, Penny Allen
ISBN: 0805075224
Published by Metropolitan Books on September 1st 2004
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, France
Pages: 240

Len's Summary: The true story of a French soldier who survives the war with permanent loss of memory and who is never identified. Recommended by WFA Director-emeritus Norman B. Tomlinson., Jr. Reminiscent of Japrisco's novel A Very Long Engagement.

Petain: How the Hero of France Became a Convicted Traitor and Changed the Course of History

Petain: How the Hero of France Became a Convicted Traitor and Changed the Course of HistoryPetain: How the Hero of France Became a Convicted Traitor and Changed the Course of History by Charles Williams
ISBN: 1403970114
Published by Palgrave Macmillan on October 1st 2005
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, France, Military
Pages: 298

Len's Summary: A sympathetic view of the hero of Verdun and leader of Vichy France from 1940 to 1944. Il ne passeron pas.

Hobey Baker, American Legend

Hobey Baker, American LegendHobey Baker, American Legend by Emil R. Salvini
ISBN: 0976345307
Published by Hobey Baker Memorial Foundation on December 31st 2005
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, United States
Pages: 142

Len's Summary: Largely forgotten today, Baker was a 1914 Princeton graduate and star collegiate football, baseball and hockey player. Employed by J. P. Morgan after graduation, he enlisted in 1917 and fought with the 103rd Aero Squadron which, among other squadrons, traced its ancestry to the Lafayette Esquadrille. Baker died in mysterious circumstances during a late 1918 test flight. The Hobey Baker award is given annually to the best American collegiate hockey player. And, Princeton's hockey rink is named after him. Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise character Allenby is thought to be based on Baker.

The Cruise of the Sea Eagle: The Amazing True Story of Imperial Germany’s Gentleman Pirate

The Cruise of the Sea Eagle: The Amazing True Story of Imperial Germany’s Gentleman PirateThe Cruise of the Sea Eagle: The Amazing True Story of Imperial Germany's Gentleman Pirate by Blaine Lee Pardoe
ISBN: 1592286941
Published by The Lyons Press on April 1st 2005
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Germany, Naval
Pages: 295

Len's Summary: The most recent of several books concentrating on German maritime raiders of WWI. These include Kaisers Pirates: German Surface Raiders in World War One and Emden-Ayseha Adventure: German Raiders in the South Seas and Beyond, 1914, both published by the Naval Institute Press. Germany employed surface raiders, both armed merchantmen and war ships of up to large cruiser size, in both World Wars.

Leonard Wood: Rough Rider, Surgeon, Architect of American Imperialism

Leonard Wood: Rough Rider, Surgeon, Architect of American ImperialismLeonard Wood: Rough Rider, Surgeon, Architect of American Imperialism by Jack McCallum
ISBN: 0814756999
Published by New York University Press on December 1st 2005
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, United States
Pages: 357

Len's Summary: An almost forgotten Medal of Honor-winner Major General Leonard Wood (1860-1927), a Harvard Medical School graduate, was the first commander of the Rough Riders, Governor of Cuba, US Army commander in the Philippines, Theodore Roosevelt's personal White House physician, Army Chief of Staff, Governor General of the Philippines, and a key figure in creating the modern army, as well as unsuccessful candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination in 1920.

Margaret Macdonald: Imperial Daughter

Margaret Macdonald: Imperial DaughterMargaret Macdonald: Imperial Daughter by Susan Mann
ISBN: 0773538003
on September 1st 2010
Genres: Biography & Autobiography
Pages: 328

Len's Summary: Ms. Macdonald served as chief of Canadian overseas nursing during WWI with the rank of Major, the first such appointment for a woman in the British Empire. She also served as a nurse in the Spanish-American and Boer Wars, and during the building of the Panama Canal.

The Little Field Marshall: Sir John French

The Little Field Marshall: Sir John FrenchThe Little Field Marshall: Sir John French by Richard Holmes
ISBN: 0224015753
Published by Cassell on 2005
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Great Britain
Pages: 427

Len's Summary: The first commander of the BEF, a 19th century officer, fights a 20th century war. The author is a well-known historian and reserve Brigadier in the British Army.

Australian Hawk Over the Western Front – A Biography of Major R. S. Dallas

Australian Hawk Over the Western Front – A Biography of Major R. S. DallasAustralian Hawk Over the Western Front - A Biography of Major R. S. Dallas by Adrian Hellwig
ISBN: 1904943349
Published by Grub Street on August 1st 2006
Genres: Australia & New Zealand, Aviation, Biography & Autobiography
Pages: 221

Len's Summary: The story of Australia's leading air ace.

Between Two Worlds: A Rajput Officer in the Indian Army, 1905-21: Based on the Diary of Amar Singh of Jaipur

Between Two Worlds: A Rajput Officer in the Indian Army, 1905-21: Based on the Diary of Amar Singh of JaipurBetween Two Worlds: A Rajput Officer in the Indian Army, 1905-21: Based on the Diary of Amar Singh of Jaipur by DeWitt C. Ellinwood Jr.
ISBN: 0761831134
Published by Hamilton Books on February 28th 2005
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Diaries & Journals, India, Military
Pages: 694

Len's Summary: A veteran of the Boxer Rebellion, Singh was granted a restricted commission in 1905. Given a regular commission in 1917, Singh's diaries offer an unusual look at the British Indian Army in the period of The Great War. Dr. Ellinwood, professor-emeritus at SUNY Albany, spoke at the 2005 WFA national seminar at Plattsburgh.

Master Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, the Nobel Laureate Who Launched the Age of Chemical Warfare

Master Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, the Nobel Laureate Who Launched the Age of Chemical WarfareMaster Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, the Nobel Laureate Who Launched the Age of Chemical Warfare by Daniel Charles
ISBN: 0060562722
Published by Ecco on August 2nd 2005
Genres: Biography & Autobiography
Pages: 336

Len's Summary: Haber won the Nobel Prize for his work to extract nitrogen from the atmosphere and convert it into fertilizer. Though almost forgotten today, he was the chemical genius behind German war-time explosives production and the initiation of poison gas warfare in April 1915. Imperial Germany, blockaded by the Royal Navy, desperately needed his inventions in order to survive an industrialized conflict. Reviewed by Martin Sieff in the October St. Mihiel Trip-Wire. The author is a science correspondent for NPR.

George Browne: An American Soldier in World War I

George Browne: An American Soldier in World War IGeorge Browne: An American Soldier in World War I by George Browne, David L. Snead
ISBN: 0803213514
Published by University of Nebraska Press on June 1st 2006
Genres: Military, Biography & Autobiography, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 202

Len's Summary: The letters of George "Brownie" Browne, Doughboy of the 117th Engineers of the 42nd Rainbow Division sent to his fiance during his 18 months of service.

Twelve Days on the Somme: A Memoir of the Trenches, 1916

Twelve Days on the Somme: A Memoir of the Trenches, 1916Twelve Days on the Somme: A Memoir of the Trenches, 1916 by Sidney Rogerson
ISBN: 9781848325340
Published by Frontline Books on July 2009
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Military, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 172

Len's Summary: Memoirs of a British subaltern first published in 1933; vivid descriptions with out embellishment of life on the front lines written by a survivor of the 1916 Somme offensive. Unabashedly intended as an antidote to the usual downbeat 1930's war memoir.

Portrait of War: The U.S. Army’s First Combat Artists and the Doughboys’ Experience in WWI

Portrait of War: The U.S. Army’s First Combat Artists and the Doughboys’ Experience in WWIPortrait of War: The U.S. Army's First Combat Artists and the Doughboys' Experience in WWI by Peter Krass
ISBN: 9780471670230
Published by Wiley on October 27th 2006
Genres: Art, Biography & Autobiography, Military, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 342

Len's Summary: The story of established artists and illustrators commissioned to make a pictorial record of America in WWI.

Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson: A Political Soldier

Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson: A Political SoldierField Marshal Sir Henry Wilson: A Political Soldier by Keith Jeffery
ISBN: 9780199239672
Published by Oxford University Press on January 1st 2008
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Great Britain, Ireland, Military
Pages: 325

Len's Summary: The story of a passionate Irish unionist who was one of England's most influential soldiers before and during WWI. Wilson was BEF liaison to the French Army and Western Front corps commander before replacing Sir William Robertson as Chief of the Imperial General Staff in February 1918. He was assassinated by the IRA in 1922.

Theodore Roosevelt and World Order: Police Power in International Relations

Theodore Roosevelt and World Order: Police Power in International RelationsTheodore Roosevelt and World Order: Police Power in International Relations by James R. Holmes
ISBN: 1574888846
Published by Potomac Books on April 1st 2007
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, International Relations, Political Science, United States
Pages: 336

Len's Summary: A new look at Roosevelt's "Big Stick" policies, the Roosevelt Corollaries to the Monroe Doctrine and American imperialism of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The author is a former naval officer and a Ph.D. graduate of the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Woodrow Wilson’s Right Hand: The Life of Colonel Edward M. House

Woodrow Wilson’s Right Hand: The Life of Colonel Edward M. HouseWoodrow Wilson's Right Hand: The Life of Colonel Edward M. House by Godfrey Hodgson
ISBN: 9780300092691
Published by Yale University Press Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Political Science, International Relations, Diplomacy, United States
Pages: 335

Len's Summary: An important new biography of Wilson's alter ego and roving diplomatic emissary. How a Texas pol made to the center of the national and international political stages.

Duffy’s War: Fr. Francis Duffy, Wild Bill Donovan, and the Irish Fighting 69th in World War I

Duffy’s War: Fr. Francis Duffy, Wild Bill Donovan, and the Irish Fighting 69th in World War IDuffy's War: Fr. Francis Duffy, Wild Bill Donovan, and the Irish Fighting 69th in World War I by Stephen L. Harris
ISBN: 1574886517
Published by Potomac Books on October 1st 2006
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Military
Pages: 462

Len's Summary: A third book by Harris (a frequent speaker at WFA seminars) on New York National Guard regiments in on the Western Front.

Your Death Would Be Mine: Paul and Marie Pireaud in the Great War

Your Death Would Be Mine: Paul and Marie Pireaud in the Great WarYour Death Would Be Mine: Paul and Marie Pireaud in the Great War by Martha Hanna
ISBN: 0674030516
Published by Harvard University Press on September 1st 2008
Genres: Military, Biography & Autobiography
Pages: 341

Len's Summary: The author is Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado-Boulder who spoke at the WFA 2006 National Seminar. This is highly personal, powerful and moving perspective on The Great War drawn from hundreds of letters exchanged by a French newlywed couple separated by the conflict. Dr. Hanna is also the author of The Mobilization of Intellect: French Scholars and Writers during the Great War (Harvard, 1996).

Thomas Boyd: Lost Author of the Lost Generation

Thomas Boyd: Lost Author of the Lost GenerationThomas Boyd: Lost Author of the Lost Generation by Brian Bruce
ISBN: 1931968330
Published by University Of Akron Press on May 30th 2006
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Military
Pages: 188

Len's Summary: First biography of the author of Through the Wheat (Nebraska, 2000), a novel of US Marines in World War One. A contemporary of Hemingway and Fitzgerald, Boyd served with the Sixth Marines at Soissons, Belleau Wood, St. Mihiel, and Blanc Mont, where he was severely gassed. For a review, go to www.scuttlebuttsmallchow.com/thomasboyd.html

Lawrence of Arabia: The Life, the Legend

Lawrence of Arabia: The Life, the LegendLawrence of Arabia: The Life, the Legend by Malcolm Brown
ISBN: 0500512388
Published by Thames & Hudson on October 31st 2005
Genres: Biography & Autobiography
Pages: 208

Len's Summary: 180 illustrations including photos taken by Lawrence compiled by the author, who is a distinguished historian of the Great War working at the Imperial War Museum in London. Several of the photos taken by Lawrence appeared in the summer 2006 edition of MHQ - The Quarterly Journal of Military History.

Last Post: The Final Word From Our First World War Soldiers

Last Post: The Final Word From Our First World War SoldiersLast Post: The Final Word From Our First World War Soldiers by Max Arthur
ISBN: 1780227418
Published by Orion Publishing on June 1st 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Great Britain, Military
Pages: 272

Len's Summary: One of several new books featuring interviews with a small and rapidly dwindling number of surviving British WWI veterans.

Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation

Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a NationSergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation by Ann Bausum
ISBN: 9781426214653
Published by National Geographic Society on May 5th 2015
Genres: Animals, Biography & Autobiography, Pets, United States
Pages: 240

Len's Summary: A doughboy’s pet becomes a decorated war hero. Light hearted history. A History Book Club selection.

Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed

Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of SpeedEnduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed by John F. Ross
ISBN: 9781250033840
Published by St. Martin's Press on May 5th 2015
Genres: Military, Aviation, Biography & Autobiography
Pages: 416

Len's Summary: A new biography tracing the larger than life career of the Indianapolis racing car owner- driver, 26-victory WWI ace, Medal of Honor winner, and founder of Eastern Airlines. The often crude and always irrepressible Rickenbacker cut a wide swath across the first half of the 20th century.

Margot Asquith’s Great War Diary 1914-1916: The View from Downing Street

Margot Asquith’s Great War Diary 1914-1916: The View from Downing StreetMargot Asquith's Great War Diary 1914-1916: The View from Downing Street by Margot Asquith, Michael George Brock, Eleanor Brock
ISBN: 0198229771
Published by Oxford University Press on August 1st 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Great Britain, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 417

Len's Summary: The outspoken wife of UK Prime Minister Herbert Asquith tells almost all.

21st Century Sims: Innovation, Education, and Leadership for the Modern Era

21st Century Sims: Innovation, Education, and Leadership for the Modern Era21st Century Sims: Innovation, Education, and Leadership for the Modern Era by Benjamin Armstrong
ISBN: 1612518109
Published by US Naval Institute Press on February 15th 2015
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Military, Naval
Pages: 176

Len's Summary: Admiral William S. Sims twice President of the US Naval War College, gunnery expert and commander of US Naval Forces in Europe during WWI was a true military intellectual.

Kaiser Wilhelm II: A Concise Life

Kaiser Wilhelm II: A Concise LifeKaiser Wilhelm II: A Concise Life by John Rohl
ISBN: 9781107420779
Published by Cambridge University Press on August 21st 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Royalty
Pages: 261

Len's Summary: A short version of Röhl’s multi-volume biography of a man emotionally and intellectually unfit to rule over Europe’s most powerful country.

Onward, Dear Boys: A Family Memoir of the Great War

Onward, Dear Boys: A Family Memoir of the Great WarOnward, Dear Boys: A Family Memoir of the Great War by Philippe Bieler
ISBN: 9780773544680
Published by McGill-Queen's University Press on November 7th 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Military, Canada
Pages: 340

Len's Summary: Story of the wartime experiences of a Swiss Protestant family that immigrated to Montreal and sent their sons to war.

The First World War Diaries of Emma Duffin: Belfast Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse

The First World War Diaries of Emma Duffin: Belfast Voluntary Aid Detachment NurseThe First World War Diaries of Emma Duffin: Belfast Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse by Trevor Parkhill, Emma Duffin
ISBN: 9781846825224
Published by Four Courts Press on July 25th 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Personal Memoirs, Ireland, Military, Women
Pages: 256

Len's Summary: Nurse Duffin’s service in Egypt and France from 1915 to 1918. Until just recently such treatments of Irish service in WWI were rare.

Franz Joseph and Elisabeth: The Last Great Monarchs of Austria-Hungary

Franz Joseph and Elisabeth: The Last Great Monarchs of Austria-HungaryFranz Joseph and Elisabeth: The Last Great Monarchs of Austria-Hungary by Karen Owens
ISBN: 9780786476749
Published by McFarland on November 6th 2013
Genres: Austria & Hungary, Biography & Autobiography, Military, Royalty
Pages: 200

Len's Summary: Franz Joseph reigned from 1848 to 1916, taking Austria through three military defeats; Elizabeth was assassinated before war erupted.

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Mustafa Kemal AtatürkMustafa Kemal Atatürk by Edward Erickson
ISBN: 9781780965901
Published by Osprey Publishing on August 20th 2013
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Military, Turkey & Ottoman Empire
Pages: 64

Len's Summary: Ataturk led the Ottomans to victory at Gallipoli and forged the Turkish Republic from the ashes of WWI.

The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914

The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914 by Bela Zombory-Moldovan
ISBN: 9781590178096
Published by New York Review of Books on August 5th 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Military, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 184

Len's Summary: A gentle Hungarian painter is thrust into the furnace of war. // Reminiscence of a young artist, a rediscovery.

Briffault’s Passchendaele: Arts, Empathy, and the First World War

Briffault’s Passchendaele:  Arts, Empathy, and the First World WarBriffault's Passchendaele: Arts, Empathy, and the First World War by Phil McCray
ISBN: 9780945213345
Published by Rudi Publishing on November 11th 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Literary, World War I
Pages: 222

Len's Summary: An attempt to find meaning in The Great War and the world it created.

Doughboys on the Great War: How American Soldiers Viewed their Military Experience

Doughboys on the Great War:  How American Soldiers Viewed their Military  ExperienceDoughboys on the Great War: How American Soldiers Viewed Their Military Experience by Edward A. Gutièrrez
ISBN: 9780700619900
Published by University Press of Kansas on September 19th 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Military, United States, Veterans
Pages: 308

Len's Summary: Illuminates the war through veterans’ own statements. // Remembrances of America soldiers written in 1919 when memories were fresh.

The Platoon: An Infantryman on the Western Front 1916-1918

The Platoon: An Infantryman on the Western Front 1916-1918The Platoon: An Infantryman on the Western Front 1916-1918 by Joseph Steward, Andrew Robertshaw
ISBN: 9781848843615
Published by Pen & Sword Books on 2011
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, General, History, Military, World War I
Pages: 200

Len's Summary: A fictionalized account of John Joseph Steward’s wartime career published here for the first time.

A Youth in the Meuse-Argonne: A Memoir, 1917-1918

A Youth in the Meuse-Argonne: A Memoir, 1917-1918A Youth in the Meuse-Argonne: A Memoir, 1917-1918 by William S. Triplet, Robert H. Ferrell
ISBN: 0826212905
Published by University of Missouri Press on August 1st 2000
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Military, History, Europe, France, World War I
Pages: 344

Len's Summary: Another interesting Great War memoir produced by an important American regional publisher.

Ataturk – The Biography of the Founder of Modern Turkey

Ataturk – The Biography of the Founder of Modern TurkeyAtaturk – The Biography of the Founder of Modern Turkey by Andrew Mango
ISBN: 1585670111
Published by Overlook Books on April 3rd 2000
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Turkey & Ottoman Empire

Len's Summary: The Author is sparing in his praise of Mustapha Kemal’s military prowess at Gallipoli, but unstinting in his admiration for Ataturk’s political and military skill in thwarting Allied plans to partition the Ottoman Empire. Based largely on Turkish sources.

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow WilsonWoodrow Wilson by Louis Auchincloss
ISBN: 9780670889044
Published by Penguin on 2000
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Presidents & Heads of State, Political Science, Political Process, Leadership
Pages: 128

Len's Summary: A brief, well-crafted biography by one of America’s most acclaimed novelists and critics about one of America’s most complicated and controversial political personalities. Also available from Books on Tape at http://www.booksontape.com for $24.95.

Until the Last Trumpet Sounds: The Life of General of the Armies John J. Pershing

Until the Last Trumpet Sounds: The Life of General of the Armies John J. PershingUntil the Last Trumpet Sounds: The Life of General of the Armies John J. Pershing by Gene Smith
ISBN: 1630262471
Published by John Wiley & Sons on October 1st 1999
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Military, United States, World War I
Pages: 384

Len's Summary: The new one-volume biography of General John J. Pershing Until the Last Trumpet Sounds by Gene Smith (John Wiley & Sons) was panned by The New York Times, but got a better review from historian Rod Paschall writing for MHQ. Black Jack’s best biographies are multi-volume — Frank Vandiver’s and Donald Smythe’s come to mind — so this one is a handy, quick reference that captures the fundamentals of Pershing’s life.