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World War I


All Quiet on the Home Front, by Richard Van Emden and Steve Humphries.
An Oral History of Life in Britain During the First World War

Blood in the Argonne - The "Lost Battalion" of World War I, by Alan D. Gaff.
A riveting account of the 'Lost Battalion' that separates fact from fiction, and which paints a realistic picture of what life was like in the American Army in 1918.

Boy Soldiers of the Great War, by Richard Van Emden.
The compelling story of the tens of thousands of underage British youths who joined up and served on active military duty during World War I, many of whom saw action in the trenches of Europe.

Commitment and Sacrifice: Personal Diaries from the Great War, by Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee and Frans Coetzee.
This book offers a unique glimpse into the lives and experiences of six men who lived through the First World War, as seen via their diary entries.

A Companion to World War I, edited by John Horne.
This book contains thirty-eight provocative chapters that cover not only the war itself, but which also provides an overview of the world prior to 1914 and the long term repercussions of the first war to end all wars.

Fever of War: The Influenza Epidemic in the U.S. Army During World War I, by Carol R. Byerly.
A gripping history of how the Influenza pandemic of 1918-19 affected the U.S. Army and the medical professionals, who found that they were unprepared to cope with such a devastating and wide-scale outbreak.

The Fourth Horseman: One Man's Mission to Wage the Great War in America, by Robert Koenig.
The chilling history of Dr. Anton Dilger, an all-American boy who became a German spy and saboteur who, in 1915, set up a secret bio-weapons lab in Washington, D.C. in order to grow anthrax to kill as many horse and mules as he could in hopes of impeding the American war effort.

Last Post: The Final Word from Our First World War Soldiers, by Max Arthur
This book contains the results of the author's interviews with the twenty-one remaining British veterans of the First World War who range in age from 104-109.

Myths & Legends of the First World War, by James Hayward.
A chronological overview of the stories that grew out of the battlefields of World War I.

Of Little Comfort, by Erika Kuhlman.
War Widows, Fallen Soldiers, and the Remaking of the Nation After the Great War.

When This Bloody War is Over, by Max Arthur.
Soldiers' Songs of the First World War - Historically annotated lyrics to nearly 100 songs from The Great War.

World War I, by S. L. A. Marshall.
Marshall provides a solid historical overview of the causes, prosecution, and consequences of World War I. Written in an energetic and authoritative style, this book is eminently readable.

World War One: A Short History, by Norman Stone.
This book provides a brief, yet a succinct overview of World War One, as well as its causes and consequences. It is ideal for use as a brief introduction on the subject or as part of a general survey course on World War One, 20th Century World, or European history.

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