The First World War

The First World WarThe First World War by Hew Strachan
ISBN: 0143035185
Published by Penguin Books on April 5th 2005
Genres: General, Military
Pages: 384

Len's Summary: A distillation of Strachan's (pronounced Strawn) of massive three-volume history of the War, which is still in progress. Remarkable for the contemporary color photos (not tints) found in the center section of the US edition. Dr. Strachan is a member of the WFA's annual Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. book award panel.

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in HistoryThe Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry
ISBN: 0143036491
Published by Penguin Books on October 4th 2005
Genres: Medical
Pages: 560

Len's Summary: The "Spanish Flu" pandemic of 1918-19 claimed over 20 million lives worldwide, including half a million in America and three million in India.

The Reckoning: A John Madden Mystery

The Reckoning: A John Madden MysteryThe Reckoning: A John Madden Mystery by Rennie Airth
ISBN: 9780143126942
Published by Penguin Books on February 24th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 368

Len's Summary: Inspector John Madden, who debuted in River of Darkness, returns from retirement to investigate murder in post-war Britain.

A Long Long Way

A Long Long WayA Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
ISBN: 0143035096
Published by Penguin Books on September 8th 2005
Genres: Fiction, Ireland
Pages: 304

Len's Summary: The tragic story of a young, conflicted Irish patriot serving in the British Army who attempts unsuccessfully to straddle two worlds as Irish nationalists fight for independence while war rages on the Western Front. Includes an excellent bibliography of books on the Irish experience in the Great War.

The Doughboys: America and the First World War

The Doughboys: America and the First World WarThe Doughboys: America and the First World War by Gary Mead
ISBN: 9781585670611
Published by Penguin Books on 2001
Genres: Military, United States, World War I
Pages: 493

Len's Summary: Highly recommended new look at the impact of American in WWI and its role in the Allied victory. Mead is a British journalist. Well worth reading even though Mead forgets that it was the Spanish-American War that catapulted the United States onto the world stage. Available form Amazon.com.uk and Barnes and Noble.

The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West

The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the WestThe War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West by Niall Ferguson
ISBN: 0143112392
Published by Penguin Books on October 30th 2007
Genres: History, Military, General
Pages: 880

Len's Summary: Now available in paperback, this is panoramic study of war, conflict and violence in the first half of the 20th century. Economic historian Ferguson sees three overlapping factors as key to understanding what happened: ethnic conflict, economic volatility and the decline of empires. // Published in the UK with the subtitle History's Age of Hatred. Companion volume to a new six-part British TV series premiering in June 2006 examining the conflicts of the 20th century. Ferguson takes the position that World Wars One and Two, and the Cold War were not separate conflicts, but a single "hundred years' war, a struggle powered by imperial and ethnic competition. Dr. Ferguson, a leading economic historian and native of Glasgow, now teaches at Harvard.

The Madman and the Butcher: The Sensational Wars Of Sam Hughes And General Arthur Currie

The Madman and the Butcher: The Sensational Wars Of Sam Hughes And General Arthur CurrieThe Madman and the Butcher: The Sensational Wars Of Sam Hughes And General Arthur Currie by Tim Cook
ISBN: 9780143173571
Published by Penguin Books on October 4th 2011
Genres: Military, World War I
Pages: 472

Len's Summary: An analysis of the running battle between Canada’ War Minister and the Commander of the CEF on the Western Front by a premier Canadian historian. The author spoke at WFA national seminars in 2001 and 2010. Nominated for a major Canadian book award.

Rebel Land: Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish Town

Rebel Land: Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish TownRebel Land: Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish Town by Christopher de Bellaigue
ISBN: 9780143118848
Published by Penguin Books on March 29th 2011
Genres: History, Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Turkey & Ottoman Empire, Social Science, Ethnic Studies, General, Travel, Turkey
Pages: 288

Len's Summary: A look at the Armenian massacres of 1915 and the ongoing conflict among Turks, Kurds and Armenians through the history of a single town, Varta, near Erzurum in eastern Anatolia some 700 miles from Constantinople.

Conscience: Two Soldiers, Two Pacifists, One Family – A Test of Will and Faith in World War I

Conscience: Two Soldiers, Two Pacifists, One Family – A Test of Will and Faith in World War IConscience: Two Soldiers, Two Pacifists, One Family – A Test of Will and Faith in World War I by Louisa Thomas
ISBN: 9780143120995
Published by Penguin Books on May 29th 2012
Genres: History, Military, World War I, United States, Political Science, Peace
Pages: 320

Len's Summary: A look at the tumultuous years of the early 20th century through the eyes of the Thomas brothers.