World War 1
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Has anyone any recommendations on the above subject? About to startSomme Mud and I would appreciate any feedback thanks.
I am starting a book, The Long Way Home by David Laskin. He traces 12 soldiers, 11 of whom came through Ellis Island and then went back to Europe to fight in WWI. It looks pretty good, but like I said I'm just starting it. Laskin has a pretty simple writing style - as if he is conversing to the reader so I do enjoy his books.
A Fraternity of Arms: America and France in the Great War is a great read about WWI. Here's the Librarything link:
I have two books I would recommend for a better understanding of the war, and not just the events:
Wilhelm Hohenzollern: The Last of the Kaisers by Emil Ludwig
Another World: 1897-1917 by Anthony Eden
Years ago I read a set of books written by General March (I believe) and published just after the war. This was about eight volumes and was a fascinating look at the war at a time when it was still fresh in everyone's minds. Unfortunately, I've misplaced the books (Yeah, how do you lose eight volumes? I don't know. . .) and I can't give any more information.
(My first ever post to LT; using a quiet-ish thread to learn how it works and not make a fool of myself :-)
The Guns of August is a great read. It details the first month of the war and why it was so hard for the civilian leadership to stop it.
I felt that A World Undone: The Story of The Great War, 1914 to 1918 was one of the best survey histories of the war that I have read. I also enjoyed Goodbye to All That a memoir by Robert Graves of his experiences in the war.
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