Collishaw & Company: Canadians in the Royal Naval Air Service 1914 – 1918

Collishaw & Company: Canadians in the Royal Naval Air Service 1914 – 1918Collishaw and Company by Joseph Allan Snowie
ISBN: 9780692009895
Published by Nieuport Publishing on October 1st 2010
Genres: Aviation, World War I
Pages: 294

Len's Summary: During WWI some 943 Canadians flew for the RNAS in East Africa, Mesopotamia, Gallipoli, Romania, and Russia and over the Western Front, England and the North Sea.

The German Airforce I Knew, 1914-1918

The German Airforce I Knew, 1914-1918The German Airforce I Knew 1914-1918 by Georg Paul Neumann
ISBN: 9781783463138
Published by Pen & Sword Books Limited on March 30th 2014
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Aviation
Pages: 253

Len's Summary: Survey of the German Airforce (Luftstreitkräft) in WWI written in 1920 by a veteran of aerial combat and illustrated with drawings and photos.

Aircraft of World War I

Aircraft of World War IAircraft of World War I by Bob Pearson, Jack Herris
ISBN: 9781906626655
Published by Amber Books on 2010
Genres: Aviation, Illustrated, World War I
Pages: 192

Len's Summary: Aircraft identification guide arranged chronologically by theater of war and campaign including information on the role and impact of each aircraft, orders of battle, aces and commanding officers. -- A detailed and comprehensive guide to aircraft arranged by theater. Includes orders of battle, lists of commanders and aces. Well worth the modest price for aircraft and military historians, and modelers. Available from www.casematepublishing.com

Recollections of the Great War in the Air

Recollections of the Great War in the AirRecollections of the Great War in the Air by James R. McConnell
ISBN: 9781781580806
on March 1st 2012
Genres: Aviation, Military, Personal Memoirs, World War I
Pages: 98

Len's Summary: Memoirs of a Lafayette Escadrille pilot first published in 1917. According to WWI aviation expert Steve Suddaby, this is a “long-lost gem.” // Memoir of an American volunteer in the Lafayette Escadrille.

Raymond Collishaw and the Black Flight

Raymond Collishaw and the Black FlightRaymond Collishaw and the Black Flight by Roger Gunn
ISBN: 9781459706606
Published by Dundurn on 2013
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Canada, Post-Confederation (1867-), Aviation
Pages: 270

Len's Summary: Arguably Canada‘s leading aerial ace, Callishaw started out with the Royal Naval Air Service, stayed in the RAF and rose to the rank of Air Vice Marshall commanding the Desert Air Force in North Africa during WWII. As a flight commander, Collishaw flew Sopwith Triplane named “Black Maria.”

Voices from the Great War

Voices from the Great WarVoices from the Great War by Peter Vansittart
ISBN: 0531098117
Published by Franklin Watts on January 1st 1984
Genres: World War I, Diplomacy and Politics, Personal Accounts, Youth-accessible
Pages: 303

Len's Summary: Tells the story of the war with an eclectic compilation of literary and political quotes, headlines, and statistics.

The Guns of August

The Guns of AugustThe Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman, Robert K. Massie
ISBN: 0345476093
Published by Ballantine Books on August 3rd 2004
Genres: World War I, Battle History, Diplomacy and Politics
Pages: 606

Len's Summary: Covers the opening stages and the roots of the conflict; superb, but read a general history first for orientation.

The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry: Revised Edition

The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry: Revised EditionThe Penguin Book of First World War Poetry: Revised Edition by Jon Silkin, Various
ISBN: 0141180099
Published by Penguin Classics on May 1st 1997
Genres: World War I, Personal Accounts, Youth-accessible, Poetry
Pages: 320

Len's Summary: An extensive anthology containing the works of numerous poets of most combatant nations.

Tannenberg: Clash of Empires 1914

Tannenberg: Clash of Empires 1914Tannenberg: Clash of Empires 1914 by Dennis E. Showalter
ISBN: 1574887815
Published by Potomac Books on April 1st 2004
Genres: World War I, Battle History, Diplomacy and Politics
Pages: 432

Len's Summary: 1914 on the Eastern Front. Especially good on the evolution of the German-Russian rivalry.

Goshawk Squadron

Goshawk SquadronGoshawk Squadron by Derek Robinson
ISBN: 0786715952
Published by Da Capo Press on October 13th 2005
Genres: World War I, Novel, Aviation, Youth-accessible
Pages: 288

Len's Summary: Exciting, myth-debunking aviation novel. // Novel by the author of Piece of Cake, published in 1971 and shortlisted for a Booker Prize. The cynical and often hilarious story of the misfortunes of an imaginary RAF pursuit squadron on the Western Front in 1918. A sort of WWI Catch 22.

Gallipoli: The End of the Myth

Gallipoli: The End of the MythGallipoli: The End of the Myth by Robin Prior
ISBN: 0300168942
Published by Yale University Press on December 7th 2010
Genres: World War I, Battle History
Pages: 304

Len's Summary: An important reappraisal of the 1915 campaign. // Australian historian Pryor (author of excellent books on the Somme and Passchendale) examines in detail planning of the campaign and concludes that it was doomed from the start.

Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I

Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War IDance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I by Michael S. Neiberg
ISBN: 067472593X
Published by Belknap Press on October 14th 2013
Genres: World War I, Diplomacy and Politics, Personal Accounts
Pages: 292

Len's Summary: A fresh look at how the outbreak of war was experienced the citizens of all the participating nations. -- Nobody wanted war, but Neiberg shows how it came to pass drawing on the writings of European and American diplomats, politicians and informed observers. The author is a winner of the WFA’s Tomlinson Book Prize.

The First Day on the Somme

The First Day on the SommeThe First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook
ISBN: 1844154653
Published by Pen & Sword Books on March 1st 2003
Genres: World War I, Diplomacy and Politics, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 365

Len's Summary: Ground-breaking work that shows the human tragedy of the disastrous attack of the British Army on July 1, 1916.

Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World

Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the WorldParis 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan, Richard Holbrooke
ISBN: 0375760520
Published by Random House Trade Paperbacks on September 9th 2003
Genres: World War I, Diplomacy and Politics, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 570

Len's Summary: A thorough, scholarly analysis of what transpired at the Paris peace conference.

The Origins of World War I

The Origins of World War IThe Origins of World War I by Richard F. Hamilton, Holger H. Herwig
ISBN: 0521102189
Published by Cambridge University Press on December 11th 2008
Genres: World War I
Pages: 552

Len's Summary: Summary examination of the motivations of the leadership of 12 major and minor powers in going to war. // An abridged version of the collection of essays published by Cambridge as The Origins of World War I and edited by the same scholars. This version concentrates on the handful of men who made the decisions for war. The abridgement is even more readable than the original. The authors cut through the fog of nationalism and ex post facto justifications to the roots of the conflict. Affordable and highly recommended.

Good-Bye to All That

Good-Bye to All ThatGood-Bye to All That: An Autobiography by Robert Graves
ISBN: 0385093306
Published by Anchor Books on February 1st 1958
Genres: World War I, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 347

Len's Summary: Most famous memoir a survivor of the War, a Captain in the Royal Welch Fusiliers, later a distinguished novelist and poet.

Over There

Over ThereOver There: The Story of America's First Great Overseas Crusade by Frank Freidel
ISBN: 007557036X
Published by McGraw-Hill Companies on December 1st 1990
Genres: World War I, Battle History, Personal Memoirs, Illustrated, Youth-accessible
Pages: 244

Len's Summary: Story of the American military effort told sympathetically, with gusto; uses many firsthand accounts.

The War to End All Wars

The War to End All WarsThe War to End All Wars: The American Military Experience in World War I by Edward M. Coffman
ISBN: 0813109558
Published by University Press of Kentucky on July 23rd 1998
Genres: World War I, Battle History, Diplomacy and Politics
Pages: 440

Len's Summary: Still the best summary of America’s experience in the Great War.

The World Crisis: An Abridgement

The World Crisis: An AbridgementThe World Crisis: An Abridgement of the Classic Four-Volume History of World War I by Winston S. Churchill
ISBN: 0684194538
Published by Scribner on November 24th 1992
Genres: World War I, Personal Memoirs, Battle History, Diplomacy and Politics
Pages: 864

Len's Summary: Masterful grand survey of the War; obviously strongly British in outlook; very good on naval matters.

The German High Command at War

The German High Command at WarThe German High Command at War by Robert Asprey
ISBN: 9780595365654
Published by iUniverse on November 9th 2005
Genres: Germany, World War I, Battle History, Diplomacy and Politics
Pages: 558

Len's Summary: Looks at military operations from a German viewpoint; humanizes their military establishment and the Kaiser without justifying their actions. Good discussions of the Eastern Front.

AMERICAN HERITAGE HISTORY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

AMERICAN HERITAGE HISTORY OF THE FIRST WORLD WARAmerican Heritage History of World War I by S.L.A. Marshall
ISBN: 9781612308067
Published by New Word City on September 5th 2014
Genres: World War I, Battle History, Diplomacy and Politics, Illustrated, Maps, Youth-accessible
Pages: 705

Len's Summary: A comprehensive history that’s well illustrated and contains helpful maps plus commentary by a distinguished historian; good for starting.

The First World War Volume I: To Arms

The First World War Volume I: To ArmsThe First World War: Volume I: To Arms by Hew Strachan
ISBN: 9780191608346
Published by Oxford University Press on April 26th 2001
Genres: History, World, Military, World War I, Europe, General
Pages: 1248

Len's Summary: This book won WFA’s Norman B.Tomlinson, Jr. Annual Book Prize for 2001.

German Atrocities, 1914: A History of Denial

German Atrocities, 1914: A History of DenialGerman Atrocities, 1914 by John N. Horne, Alan Kramer
ISBN: 9780300107913
Published by Yale University Press on 2001
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 608

Len's Summary: Winner of the Fraenkel Prize for Contemporary History, this is a carefully researched, but densely drafted volume establishing that stories of German atrocities in Belgium and France were not just Entente propaganda. Winner of the 2002 Tomlinson Prize.

A Fraternity of Arms: America and France in the Great War

A Fraternity of Arms:  America and France in the Great WarA Fraternity of Arms by Robert Bowman Bruce
ISBN: 9780700612536
Published by University Press of Kansas on 2003
Genres: History, Europe, France, Military, Strategy, World War I, Political Science, International Relations, General
Pages: 380

Len's Summary: Thanks in large measure to expert (and often bilingual) French instructors a core of four 28,000-man divisions of the American army was ready to join the French in blunting and then reversing the final German push on Paris at the Marne in July 1918. It is in the resounding German setback on the Marne of July 18, 1918 – not their August 8th defeat by the British at Amiens – that Bruce finds the beginning of the end for German arms on the Western Front.

The Second Battle of the Marne

The Second Battle of the MarneThe Second Battle of the Marne by Michael S. Neiberg
ISBN: 9780253003546
Published by Indiana University Press on April 9th 2008
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Europe, General
Pages: 232

Len's Summary: Winner of the Annual WFA Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. Book Prize for 2008, this book breaks new ground on a key battle in the last year of the war.

To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918

To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918To Conquer Hell by Edward G. Lengel
ISBN: 9780805079319
Published by Macmillan on January 8th 2008
Genres: History, Military, World War I, United States
Pages: 491

Len's Summary: A new history of this major battle, the most costly in American history, by a Professor of History at the University of Virginia. Draws on primary sources including memoirs and letters of US veterans. Professor Lengel was a speaker at the the WFA-USA National Seminar at Carlisle, Pennsylvania in September where he was awarded 2007 WFA Norman B. Tomlinson Book Prize for this book.

Bloody Victory: The Sacrifice on the Somme and the Making of the Twentieth Century

Bloody Victory: The Sacrifice on the Somme and  the Making of the Twentieth CenturyBloody Victory: The Sacrifice on the Somme and the Making of the Twentieth Century by William J. Philpott
ISBN: 1408701081
Published by Little Brown and Company on August 1st 2009
Genres: Military, World War I
Pages: 721

Len's Summary: Despite the over-blown title, this is an uncommonly good history of the battle covering French and German forces, as well as the performance of the BEF’s Kitchener armies.

The Final Battle: Soldiers of the Western Front in the German Revolution of 1918

The Final Battle: Soldiers of the Western Front in the German Revolution of 1918The Final Battle: Soldiers of the Western Front in the German Revolution of 1918 by Scott Stephenson
ISBN: 0521519462
Published by Cambridge University Press on September 1st 2009
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Modern, 20th Century
Pages: 374

Len's Summary: A scholarly look at the morale and political outlook of the German army following the armistice of November 11, 1918.

The Russian Origins of the First World War

The Russian Origins of the First World WarThe Russian Origins of the First World War by Sean McMeekin
ISBN: 9780674063204
Published by Harvard University Press on December 12th 2011
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Europe, Russia & the Former Soviet Union, Political Science, International Relations, General
Pages: 344

Len's Summary: The author contends that the Tzarist regime believed a general European war to be in its national interest; that is sought to humiliate Vienna, conquer Constantinople and open the Straits as an ice-free trade route to the Mediterranean and the west. Winner of the 2011 Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. Prize for the best work of history in English on World War One (1914-1918)