To Crown the Waves: The Great Navies of the First World War

To Crown the Waves:  The Great Navies of the First World WarTo Crown the Waves: The Great Navies of the First World War by Vincent P. O'Hara, W. David Dickson, Richard Worth
ISBN: 9781612510828
Published by Naval Institute Press on July 15th 2013
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Naval
Pages: 349

Len's Summary: The history, training, organization, doctrine, and materiel of the British Royal, French, Italian, German, Imperial Russian and American navies and how their unique characteristics governed how they fought in WWI.

Stretcher Bearer!

Stretcher Bearer!Stretcher Bearer! by Charles Horton
ISBN: 9780745955667
Published by Lion Books on March 22nd 2013
Genres: World War I, Biography & Autobiography, Historical
Pages: 176

Len's Summary: Memoir of a volunteer stretcher bearer in the Royal Medical Corps who served at Ypres, Passchendeale and on the Somme.

The Rocky Road to the Great War: The Evolution of Trench Warfare to 1914

The Rocky Road to the Great War: The Evolution of Trench Warfare to 1914The Rocky Road to the Great War: The Evolution of Trench Warfare to 1914 by Nicholas Murray
ISBN: 9781597975537
Published by Potomac Books, Inc. on August 31st 2013
Genres: History, Military, Strategy
Pages: 320

Len's Summary: Trench warfare typified the 1914-18 Western, though not the Eastern, Front. This is an examination of the evolution in theory and practice of field fortification from 1877 to 1914.

Aisne 1914

Aisne 1914Aisne 1914 by Andrew Uffindell
ISBN: 9781848848016
Published by Pen & Sword Books Limited on May 30th 2013
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 215

Len's Summary: Fought from 12 to 15 September 1914, this was the final, failed attempt by the British to expand upon their success at the Marne. After these battles, the front became a gelid stalemate for nearly four years.

Verdun: The Lost History of the Most Important Battle of World War I

Verdun: The Lost History of the Most Important Battle of World War IVerdun: The Lost History of the Most Important Battle of World War I by John Mosier
ISBN: 9781101621387
Published by Penguin on October 1st 2013
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 400

Len's Summary: The author is an engaging contrarian writer (The Myth of the Great War, Harper, 2002) who teaches English at Loyola University in Louisiana. Fun to read, but not necessarily authoritative. According to Mosier eight distinct battles were fought for Verdun.

World War One Soldiers, 1914-1918

World War One Soldiers, 1914-1918World War One Soldiers, 1914-1918 by Laurent Mirouze
ISBN: B00MF11A5G
Published by Histoire et Collections on 2013
Genres: Illustrated, Military, World War I

Len's Summary: Photos of surviving originals uniforms and equipment from private and public collections illustrated in full color on live models.

The League: The Story of Average Americans on the Hunt for WWI Spies

The League:  The Story of Average Americans on the Hunt for WWI SpiesThe League: The Story of Average Americans on the Hunt for WWI Spies by Bill Mills
ISBN: 162087508X
Published by Skyhorse Publishing on May 1st 2013
Genres: Military, World War I
Pages: 256

Len's Summary: The story of 250 thousand volunteers — amateur G-Men — looking for spies, saboteurs and subversion amid the paranoia of WWI-era America.

A Fine Brother: The Life of Captain Flora Sandes

A Fine Brother:  The Life of Captain Flora SandesA Fine Brother: The Life of Captain Flora Sandes by Louise Miller
ISBN: 9781846881848
Published by Alma on August 1st 2012
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Historical, Military, Women
Pages: 423

Len's Summary: Sandes work as a nurse and soldier serving with the Serbian army changed public perceptions of women’s roles in war.

Reconstructing Faces: The Art and Wartime Surgery of Gillies, Pickerill, McIndoe and Mowiem

Reconstructing Faces: The Art and Wartime Surgery of Gillies, Pickerill, McIndoe and MowiemReconstructing Faces: The Art and Wartime Surgery of Gillies, Pickerill, McIndoe and Mowiem by Murray C. Meikle
ISBN: 9781877578397
Published by Otago University Press on January 1st 2013
Genres: History, Military, General, Medical, Surgery, Plastic & Cosmetic
Pages: 264

Len's Summary: Facial reconstructive surgery in two world wars.

July 1914: Countdown to War

July 1914: Countdown to WarJuly 1914: Countdown to War by Sean McMeekin
ISBN: 9780465060740
Published by Basic Books on April 29th 2014
Genres: History, Europe, General, Military, World War I, Modern, 20th Century, Political Science, International Relations
Pages: 460

Len's Summary: Analysis of the frenetic activities of often desperate diplomats and more sanguine soldiers by the winner of the 2011 WW1HA Tomlinson Book Prize. A fast-paced account of some of the most important decisions of the 20th century. The author spares no one, but lays much of the blame on France and Russia. See also The Lions of July: Prelude to War, 1914,William Jannen, Presidio Press, 1997.

Irish Canadian Conflict and the Struggle for Irish Independence, 1912, 1925

Irish Canadian Conflict and the Struggle for Irish Independence, 1912, 1925Irish Canadian Conflict and the Struggle for Irish Independence, 1912, 1925 by Robert McLaughlin
ISBN: 9781442610972
Published by University of Toronto Press on January 11th 2013
Genres: History, Canada, General, Pre-Confederation (to 1867), Modern, 20th Century, Social Science, Emigration & Immigration
Pages: 275

Len's Summary: How Irish- Canadians became actively involved in the Irish struggle for independence that straddled the WWI years.

Making the World Safe for Workers: Labor, the Left, and Wilsonian Internationalism

Making the World Safe for Workers: Labor, the Left, and Wilsonian InternationalismMaking the World Safe for Workers: Labor, the Left, and Wilsonian Internationalism by Elizabeth McKillen
ISBN: 9780252037870
Published by University of Illinois Press on October 8th 2013
Genres: History, United States, 20th Century, Political Science, Labor & Industrial Relations
Pages: 299

Len's Summary: Focuses on Wilson’s approach to labor, WWI, and peacemaking.

The Ships of Scapa Flow

The Ships of Scapa FlowThe Ships of Scapa Flow by Campbell McCutcheon
ISBN: 1445633868
Published by Amberley Publishing on March 1st 2014
Genres: Military, Naval, World War I
Pages: 96

Len's Summary: British Home Fleet naval base in two world wars and the grave yard of the Imperial German High Seas Fleet.

Wounded: A New History of the Western Front in World War I

Wounded: A New History of the Western Front in World War IWounded: A New History of the Western Front in World War I by Emily R. Mayhew
ISBN: 9780199322459
Published by Oxford University Press on November 12th 2013
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 275

Years of Plenty, Years of Want: France and the Legacy of the Great War

Years of Plenty, Years of Want:  France and the Legacy of the Great WarYears of Plenty, Years of Want: France and the Legacy of the Great War by Benjamin F. Martin
ISBN: 9780875804682
Published by Northern Illinois University Press on March 15th 2013
Genres: History, Europe, France
Pages: 239

Len's Summary: A political-social history of France from the early 1900s to the beginning of WWII.

British Artillery on the Western Front in the First World War; The Infantry Cannot Do with a Gun Less

British Artillery on the Western Front in the First World War; The Infantry Cannot Do with a Gun LessBritish Artillery on the Western Front in the First World War; The Infantry Cannot Do with a Gun Less by Sanders Marble
ISBN: 9781409411109
Published by Ashgate Publishing on March 28th 2013
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Weapons
Pages: 285

Len's Summary: It was not the machinegun, but rather artillery which dominated trench warfare of 1914-1918.

Artillery in the Great War

Artillery in the Great WarArtillery in the Great War by Paul Strong, Sanders Marble
ISBN: 1783030127
Published by Pen & Sword Books on January 1st 2014
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 246

Len's Summary: In all armies on the Western Front artillery was the dominant arm in both attack and defense. -- A look at the deciding weapon of the war. Sanders Marble is historian at the US Army Medical Museum and a frequent speaker at WFA seminars.

1914: Fight the Good Fight: Britain, the Army and the Coming of War

1914: Fight the Good Fight: Britain, the Army and the Coming of War1914: Fight the Good Fight: Britain, the Army and the Coming of War by Allan Mallinson
ISBN: 9781446463505
Published by Random House on September 2nd 2013
Genres: History, Military, World War I, World
Pages: 624

Len's Summary: A British novelist and historian trackles the pre-war army and opening weeks of the war as the “Old Contemptables” retreat before overwhelming German numbers.

Passchendaele: The Anatomy of a Tragedy

Passchendaele: The Anatomy of a TragedyPasschendaele: The Anatomy of a Tragedy by Andrew Macdonald
ISBN: 9781775540304
Published by HarperCollins Publishers New Zealand on September 1st 2013
Genres: Military, World War I
Pages: 304

Len's Summary: Examines the experiences of the New Zealand Division at the Third Battle of Ypres in October 1917, as well as the roles of infantry, artillery and engineers from the UK and the dominions in this muddy battle of attrition.

The Fall of Tsarism: Untold Stories of the February 1917 Revolution

The Fall of Tsarism: Untold Stories of the February 1917 RevolutionThe Fall of Tsarism: Untold Stories of the February 1917 Revolution by Semion Lyandres
ISBN: 9780198713487
Published by Oxford University Press on September 2nd 2014
Genres: History, Revolutionary, Europe, Russia & the Former Soviet Union, Modern, 20th Century
Pages: 322

Len's Summary: Based on interviews with leading participants in the uprising of February 1917 that toppled the House of Romanov. The author teaches at Notre Dame. -- Draws on new material available from interviews with participants.

Passchendaele in Perspective: The Third Battle of Ypres

Passchendaele in Perspective: The Third Battle of YpresPasschendaele in Perspective: The Third Battle of Ypres by Peter Liddle
ISBN: 9780850525885
Published by Pen and Sword on May 14th 2014
Genres: History, Military, General
Pages: 544

Len's Summary: A multidimensional look at the 1917 Battle of Third Ypres by a much-honored British historian who delves into the archives of both sides.

Ballplayers in the Great War: Newspaper Accounts of Major Leaguers in World War I Military Service

Ballplayers in the Great War: Newspaper Accounts of Major Leaguers in World War I Military ServiceBallplayers in the Great War: Newspaper Accounts of Major Leaguers in World War I Military Service by Gary Mitchem, Mark Durr, Jim Leeke
ISBN: 9780786475469
Published by McFarland & Company on September 15th 2013
Genres: Sports & Recreation, Baseball, General, History, Military, World War I, Language Arts & Disciplines, Journalism
Pages: 258

Len's Summary: Annotated accounts of major leaguers who interrupted their careers to serve.

Somme Intelligence: Fourth Army HQ 1916

Somme Intelligence: Fourth Army HQ 1916Somme Intelligence: Fourth Army HQ 1916 by William Langford
ISBN: 9781781590829
Published by Pen and Sword on August 5th 2013
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 160

Len's Summary: Based on a soldier’s handwritten journal of documents, intercepted messages, prisoner interrogations and other materials.

Defending Neutrality: The Netherlands Prepared for War 1900-1925

Defending Neutrality: The Netherlands Prepared for War 1900-1925Defending Neutrality: The Netherlands Prepared for War 1900-1925 by Wim Klinkert
ISBN: 9789004227477
Published by Brill on June 1st 2013
Genres: History, Europe, General, Military, World War I
Pages: 328

Len's Summary: Neutral Holland’s experience of WWI, when its army was mobilized against German invasion, its colonial trade largely cut off by British blockade, and its social fabric stressed almost to the breaking point.

The Legacies of Two World Wars: European Societies in the Twentieth Century

The Legacies of Two World Wars: European Societies in the Twentieth CenturyThe Legacies of Two World Wars: European Societies in the Twentieth Century by Lothar Kettenacker, Torsten Riotte
ISBN: 9781782381150
Published by Berghahn Books on December 1st 2013
Genres: History, Europe, General, Modern, 20th Century, Social History
Pages: 332

Len's Summary: The relation between public opinion and war in Great Britain, France, Italy and Germany. -- Illustrates that distinctions between enthusiasm for war and concern for its consequences are seldom clear cut.

The First World War: The War to End All Wars

The First World War: The War to End All WarsThe First World War: The War to End All Wars by Geoffrey Jukes
ISBN: 9781782002802
Published by Osprey Publishing on June 18th 2013
Genres: History, Military, General, World War I, Pictorial
Pages: 364

Len's Summary: A narrative survey history of the conflict summarizing action on all fronts including Italy and Palestine.

Militarism and the British Left, 1902-1914

Militarism and the British Left, 1902-1914Militarism and the British Left, 1902-1914 by Matthew Johnson
ISBN: 9781137274120
Published by Palgrave Macmillan on January 18th 2013
Genres: History, Europe, Great Britain, Military, Other, Modern, 20th Century, Social History
Pages: 247

Len's Summary: Prior to 1914, British socialists, Liberals and Laborites displayed ambivalent attitudes toward the military services.

The Battleship Builders: Constructing and Arming British Capital Ships

The Battleship Builders: Constructing and Arming British Capital ShipsThe Battleship Builders: Constructing and Arming British Capital Ships by Ian Johnston, Ian Buxton
ISBN: 9781591140276
Published by US Naval Institute Press on April 15th 2013
Genres: History, Military, Naval, Transportation, Ships & Shipbuilding
Pages: 352

Len's Summary: How the Royal Navy designed, built, armed and powered HMS Dreadnought and, in little more than a decade, 50 more of her type.

The New Death: American Modernism and World War I

The New Death: American Modernism and World War IThe New Death: American Modernism and World War I by Pearl James
ISBN: 9780813934075
Published by University of Virginia Press on April 22nd 2013
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Literary Criticism, American, General
Pages: 259

Len's Summary: The author explores the changing meaning of death in America following WWI through an examination of the writings of Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner among others.

Behind the Wire: Prisoners of War 1914-1918

Behind the Wire: Prisoners of War 1914-1918Behind the Wire: Prisoners of War 1914-1918 by Robert Jackson
ISBN: B00BYWCLPU
Published by Osprey on April 20th 2013
Genres: Military, World War I
Pages: 173

Len's Summary: The capture, internment, escape attempts, punishments and day-to-day boredom of prisoners of War. Another more scholarly treatment may be found in Prisoners, Diplomats and the Great War: A Study in the Diplomacy of Captivity, Richard B. Speed, III (Greenwood 1990).

Making the World Safe: The American Red Cross and a Nation’s Humanitarian Awakening

Making the World Safe: The American Red Cross and a Nation’s Humanitarian AwakeningMaking the World Safe: The American Red Cross and a Nation’s Humanitarian Awakening by Julia Irwin
ISBN: 9780199766406
Published by OUP USA on May 23rd 2013
Genres: History, United States, 20th Century, Modern, South, Political Science, International Relations, General, NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)
Pages: 273

Len's Summary: The rise of the American Red Cross from Julia Ward Howe and the Civil War through WWI when it became our official private voluntary aid agency.

1913: The Year Before the Storm

1913: The Year Before the Storm1913: The Year Before the Storm by Florian Illies, Shaun Whiteside, Jamie Lee Searle
ISBN: 1612193919
Published by Melville House on October 7th 2014
Genres: Art, History, Europe, General, Modern, 20th Century
Pages: 272

Len's Summary: A snapshot approach to the war month by month emphasizing cultural changes propelling Europe toward conflict. Engaging.

A Doctor on the Western Front: The Diaries of Henry Owens 1914-1918

A Doctor on the Western Front: The Diaries of Henry Owens 1914-1918A Doctor on the Western Front: The Diaries of Henry Owens 1914-1918 by Henry Owens, John Hutton
ISBN: 9781781593066
Published by Pen & Sword Military on July 1st 2013
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Personal Memoirs, History, Military, World War I, Literary Collections, Diaries & Journals
Pages: 201

Len's Summary: The diaries of a Norfolk medical doctor who volunteered for the Royal Medical Corps in 1914. -- War diary of a British physician who spent four years behind the front treating the wounded of three armies.

Germany’s Western Front: Translations from the German Official History of the Great War, 1915

Germany’s Western Front: Translations from the German Official History of the Great War, 1915Germany’s Western Front: Translations from the German Official History of the Great War, 1915 by Mark Osborne Humphries, John Maker
ISBN: 155458051X
Published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press on March 1st 2010
Genres: History, Europe, Germany, Military, World War I, Strategy
Pages: 413

Len's Summary: Offers German perspective on the battles of 1915.

Gabriele d’Annunzio: Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War

Gabriele d’Annunzio: Poet, Seducer and Preacher of WarGabriele d’Annunzio: Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War by Lucy Hughes-Hallett
ISBN: 9780307276551
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on May 6th 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Literary, History, Modern, 20th Century, Poetry, European, Italian
Pages: 608

Len's Summary: Italian irredentist, protofacist, poet and WWI pilot, d’Annunzio led a short-lived 1919 filibustering expedition against Fiume, which had been awarded to Yugoslavia under the Versailles Treaty.

Woodbine Willie: Unsung Hero of World War One

Woodbine Willie: Unsung Hero of World War OneWoodbine Willie: Unsung Hero of World War One by Robert Holman, Geoffrey A. Studdert Kennedy
ISBN: 9780745955612
Published by Lion Books on March 22nd 2013
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Historical
Pages: 224

Len's Summary: The story of Rev. Geoffrey Studdart Kennedy who ministered to both the physical and spiritual needs of is flock and repeatedly risked his life to rescue wounded soldiers.

The Great War (Imperial War Museums)

The Great War (Imperial War Museums)The Great War (Imperial War Museums) by Mark Holborn, Hilary Roberts
ISBN: 0385350708
Published by Knopf on October 29th 2013
Genres: History, Europe, General, Military, World War I, Modern, 20th Century
Pages: 504

Len's Summary: A large-format coffee table pictorial history of the conflict with 380 period photographs; issued to commemorate the 1914-18 centennial.

Transforming 1916: Meaning, Memory and the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Easter Rising

Transforming 1916: Meaning, Memory and the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Easter RisingTransforming 1916 by Roisín Higgins
ISBN: 9781859184868
Published by Cork University Press on April 23rd 2012
Genres: History, Historiography, Europe, Ireland
Pages: 275

Len's Summary: Discusses the significance of the Rising to Irish politics, north and south.