The Air We Breathe

The Air We BreatheThe Air We Breathe by Andrea Barrett
ISBN: 0393333078
on October 17th 2007
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Literary
Pages: 320

Len's Summary: Story set in 1916 in an Adirondack tuberculosis asylum. America is still at peace, but a well-meaning patient initiates a discussion group which brings The Great War home sparking anti-immigrant prejudice and vigilantism in an isolated rural community.

The World on Fire: 1919 and the Battle with Bolshevism

The World on Fire: 1919 and the Battle with BolshevismThe World on Fire: 1919 and the Battle with Bolshevism by Anthony Read
ISBN: 9780393061246
Published by W W NORTON & Company on March 17th 2008
Genres: History, Europe, Russia & the Former Soviet Union, Modern, 20th Century, Political Science, Political Ideologies
Pages: 379

Len's Summary: International alarm over terrorism is nothing new. Read examines the “Reds under the bed” scare of 1918-1920 that threatened free speech in North America and Western Europe in the wake of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, the abortive Marxist uprisings in Germany, labor unrest in the UK and terror bombings in America. As with the current al-Qeada menace, liberal democratic governments of this era often overreacted to a shadowy and inchoate Red Menace.

Setting the Desert on Fire: T. E. Lawrence and Britain’s Secret War in Arabia, 1916-1918

Setting the Desert on Fire: T. E. Lawrence and Britain’s Secret War in Arabia, 1916-1918Setting the Desert on Fire: T. E. Lawrence and Britain's Secret War in Arabia, 1916-1918 by James Barr
ISBN: 9780393335279
on July 6th 2009
Genres: History, Europe, Great Britain, Middle East, General, Military, World War I, Modern, 20th Century
Pages: 382

Len's Summary: Barr makes the point that the British were no more duplicitous that the Arabs, many of whose leaders (Hussein for example) maintained open lines of communications to the Turks up to the end of the war. Absent a unified Arab national movement, the British and French — the author argues — had no choice but to assume responsibility for the former Ottoman provinces.

The Long Shadow: Legacies pf the Great War in the Twentieth Century

The Long Shadow: Legacies pf the Great War in the Twentieth CenturyThe Long Shadow: Legacies pf the Great War in the Twentieth Century by David Reynolds
ISBN: 9780393351286
Published by W W NORTON & Company on June 8th 2015
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Modern, 20th Century
Pages: 544

Len's Summary: Seeks to broaden our vision of the turbulent 20th century through the lens of the Great War.