The First World War (or "the Great War" as it is still referred to in Great Britain and a few other countries) was a conflict whose echoes still resound worldwide almost 91 years since it ended.
The present problems in the Middle East and the tenuous peace in the Balkans can be traced to that distant era. Poland re-emerged as a nation as a result of the postwar treaties (after having been wiped off the face of Europe in 1795). Italy acquired additional territory on its northeastern frontier, and Austria was created out of what was the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Africa and several of the former German colonies in the Pacific were acquired and re-organized by the Allies.
I would welcome anyone to this forum who wants to recommend books (non-fiction & fiction) about the First World War. In doing so, feel free to share with your fellow Forum members something of what the book(s) is (are) about.
For starters, I would like to recommend 6 books about the War, which occupy pride of place in my library.
1) A NAVAL HISTORY OF WORLD WAR I - Paul G. Halpern
Covers the history of the war at sea, not simply in the waters around Great Britain, the Atlantic Ocean, and the North Sea.
2) OVER HERE: The First World War & American Society - David M. Kennedy
Tells how our society was directly impacted by the war.
3) FORGOTTEN VOICES OF THE GREAT WAR: A History of World War I in the Words of the Men and Women Who Were There - Max Arthur
The author interviewed, over the past decade, a large number of surviving veterans to give their impressions of the War and how their lives were shaped by it.
4) THE WHITE WAR: Life and Death on the Italian Front, 1915-1919 - Mark Thompson
Sheds considerable light on a theatre of war that had been long neglected and little remarked upon, aside from the official histories of the War.
5) PYRRHIC VICTORY: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War - Robert A. Doughty
Doughty, a retired Army officer who had served as the Head of the History Department at West Point, provides a French perspective on the War rarely found in English. It's a fascinating book.
6) FRENCH STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL BOMBARDMENT FORCES OF WORLD WAR I - Rene Martel
This book is ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS. It sheds light on the efforts made by the French Aviation Militaire during the War to develop strategic and tactical bomber units. If you are as fascinated with First World War aviation as I am, you'll be delighted with this book.
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