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 Campaign of the Marne

The Campaign of the MarneThe Campaign of the Marne by Sewell Tyng
ISBN: 1594160422
Published by Westholme Publishing on April 27th 2007
Genres: World War I, Battle History, Maps
Pages: 464

Len's Summary: The opening campaign of the war in the west from the earliest action to the “Miracle of the Marne”.

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.

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western FrontAll Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, A.W. Wheen
ISBN: 0449213943
Published by Ballantine on March 12th 1987
Genres: World War I, Personal Accounts, Historical Fiction
Pages: 296

Len's Summary: Classic anti-war novel which was made into a classic movie.

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.

Testament of Youth

Testament of YouthTestament Of Youth by Vera Brittain
ISBN: 0143039237
Published by Victor Gollancz on August 28th 1933
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Literary, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 688

Len's Summary: Memoir of a V.A.D. nurse who lost several loved ones in combat and became a pacifist and feminist afterwards.

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.