Legacy of the Great War, Part 1

A Listmania! list by J. Conder "favored by the gods" (Lexington, KY)
The list author says: "The lights are going out all over Europe and I doubt we will see them go on again in our lifetime. . .

~ Edward Grey

Much has been written about the tragedy of the hideous First World War. As we approach the centennial of the conflict's outbreak in 2014, sober reflections on "the meaning of it all" are sure to begin. I propose some materials to help with this necessary excavation and remembrance. This list is made up of different media, fiction and nonfiction, and from different perspectives. I don't propose any one of them will give a full and complete treatment of the topic.

Traditionally, we think of this war being fought in Europe, and specifically on the Western Front. . . in rat-infested (sometimes flooded) trenches. Fought by lions, led by donkeys. The whistle and the bayonet. Gas masks and wire fences. War poets writing about the special love found between brothers-in-arms. Poppies. And, of course, the ever present and ominous "No Man's Land." As in all things, there is truth to be found in these popular tropes. But the war was fought in Africa as well, in the Alps, in snows on the Eastern Front, in the deserts of Arabia, under and on the ocean, and in the air itself. Add to this violence the subsequent ethnic cleansings and Spanish flu, each of which must be viewed as major catastrophes on their own. . ."
Faces of World War I: The Great War in Words and Pictures
1.  Faces of World War I: The Great War in Words and Pictures by Max Arthur
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The Great War and Modern Memory: The Illustrated Edition
2.  The Great War and Modern Memory: The Illustrated Edition by Paul Fussell
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Proof through the Night: Music and the Great War (Includes CD)
3.  Proof through the Night: Music and the Great War (Includes CD) by Glenn Watkins
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An Illustrated History of the First World War
4.  An Illustrated History of the First World War by John Keegan
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Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age
5.  Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age by Modris Eksteins
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  "A scathing indictment of war culture"
$12.05   Used & New from: $2.93
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Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front
6.  Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front by Richard Holmes
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  "On the front line"
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Over There: The United States in the Great War, 1917-1918
7.  Over There: The United States in the Great War, 1917-1918 by Byron Farwell
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  "Enter: America"
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Yanks: The Epic Story of the American Army in World War I
8.  Yanks: The Epic Story of the American Army in World War I by John S. D. Eisenhower
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Lost Battalions: The Great War and the Crisis of American Nationality
9.  Lost Battalions: The Great War and the Crisis of American Nationality by Richard Slotkin
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August 1914
10.  August 1914 by H. T. Willetts
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  "Solzhenitsyn and the Eastern Front"
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November 1916: The Red Wheel / Knot II
11.  November 1916: The Red Wheel / Knot II by H.T. Willetts
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Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea
12.  Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea by Robert K. Massie
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  "Great sea hunts (Emden) and analysis of battles (Jutland)"
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George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I
13.  George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I by Miranda Carter
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  "Royals who, generally, got what they deserved"
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The Canvas Falcon The Men And Planes Of World War I
14.  The Canvas Falcon The Men And Planes Of World War I by Stephen Longstreet
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  "Aerial warfare. . ."
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Ghosts of the Great War: Aviation in WWI (Ghosts Aviation Classics)
15.  Ghosts of the Great War: Aviation in WWI (Ghosts Aviation Classics) by Philip Makanna
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The Illustrated Red Baron: The Life and Times of Manfred von Richthofen
16.  The Illustrated Red Baron: The Life and Times of Manfred von Richthofen by Peter Kilduff
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Black Fokker Leader
17.  Black Fokker Leader by Peter Kilduff
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The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
18.  The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 by Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
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  "Tuchman!"
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The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I
19.  The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I by Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
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The Zimmermann Telegram
20.  The Zimmermann Telegram by Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
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Femme Fatale: Love, Lies, and the Unknown Life of Mata Hari
21.  Femme Fatale: Love, Lies, and the Unknown Life of Mata Hari by Pat Shipman
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  "Bad girl"
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Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations
22.  Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell
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  "Powerful woman"
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Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army of America in the Great War
23.  Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army of America in the Great War by Elaine F. Weiss
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  "Great War women. . ."
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Lines of Fire
24.  Lines of Fire by Margaret Randolph Higonnet
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Not So Quiet...
25.  Not So Quiet... by Helen Zenna Smith
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Master Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, the Nobel Laureate Who Launched the Age of Chemical Warfare
26.  Master Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, the Nobel Laureate Who Launched the Age of Chemical Warfare by Daniel Charles
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  "Faber as modern Faust or tragic figure?"
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Back to the Front: An Accidental Historian Walks the Trenches of World War 1
27.  Back to the Front: An Accidental Historian Walks the Trenches of World War 1 by Stephen O'Shea
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No Man's Land: Combat and Identity in World War 1
28.  No Man's Land: Combat and Identity in World War 1 by Eric J. Leed
$35.79   Used & New from: $17.00

Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
29.  Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan
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  "Peace studies. . ."
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Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, 1919
30.  Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, 1919 by Ann Hagedorn
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A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
31.  A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East by David Fromkin
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The Pity Of War: Explaining World War I
32.  The Pity Of War: Explaining World War I by Niall Ferguson
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  "A new sobering analysis"
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The Eastern Front 1914-1917
33.  The Eastern Front 1914-1917 by Norman Stone
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  "Can't miss Classic"
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Gallipoli (Perennial Classics)
34.  Gallipoli (Perennial Classics) by Alan Moorehead
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  "Classic"
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The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916
35.  The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 by Alistair Horne
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  "Classic"
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Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce
36.  Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce by Stanley Weintraub
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World War I: The African Front
37.  World War I: The African Front by Edward Paice
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  "Lettow-vorbeck and crew lead the British on a savage goose chase"
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The Somme: The Darkest Hour on the Western Front
38.  The Somme: The Darkest Hour on the Western Front by Peter Hart
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  "Mournful and bracingly realistic"
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The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919
39.  The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919 by Mark Thompson
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  "Caporetto and more"
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The Wolf: How One German Raider Terrorized the Allies in the Most Epic Voyage of WWI
40.  The Wolf: How One German Raider Terrorized the Allies in the Most Epic Voyage of WWI by Richard Guilliatt
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