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Looking for a good book recommendation on WWI
4-15-2014 | Kosmickitty

Posted on 04/15/2014 4:18:24 PM PDT by KosmicKitty

After listening to one of my favorite podcaster, Dan Carlin & his Hardcore History, about the beginning of World War I, I would love to find out more about this time in history.

I know that Freepers are a well read bunch and I am asking for any recommendations you may care to make in a good book covering this time in history.


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Many thanks!!
1 posted on 04/15/2014 4:18:24 PM PDT by KosmicKitty
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To: KosmicKitty
Fiction or Non?
2 posted on 04/15/2014 4:19:27 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: KosmicKitty

Guns of August

All Quiet Along the Western Front.


3 posted on 04/15/2014 4:19:55 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: KosmicKitty

Dreadnought and Castles of Steel by Robert Massie

The Arming of Europe and the Making of World War 1 by David Herrman

Europe’s Last Summer by David Fromkin

These are the best books for understanding what led up to the war. I have more references for the actual war itself.


4 posted on 04/15/2014 4:20:47 PM PDT by henkster (I don't like bossy women telling me what words I can't use.)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Non-fiction, preferably. Though a good fiction would also be welcome.


5 posted on 04/15/2014 4:20:50 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: KosmicKitty
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August.
6 posted on 04/15/2014 4:21:17 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: KosmicKitty

This is way out of the mainstream of WW1 books but I enjoyed it very much:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Elsie-Mairi-Go-War-Extraordinary/dp/1848091354


7 posted on 04/15/2014 4:22:17 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: KosmicKitty

Gallipoli by Alan Moorehead

Revolt in the Desert by TE Lawrence


8 posted on 04/15/2014 4:22:30 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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THE GREAT WAR AND MODERN MEMORY by Paul Fussel impressed me.


9 posted on 04/15/2014 4:23:00 PM PDT by Argus
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To: KosmicKitty

“1918” by John Toland.


10 posted on 04/15/2014 4:23:00 PM PDT by forgotten man
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To: BenLurkin

Thank you. Titles I have heard of but never knew were about WWI


11 posted on 04/15/2014 4:23:08 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: KosmicKitty

“A World Undone” by G.J. Meyer
“Castles of Steel” by Robert K. Massie


12 posted on 04/15/2014 4:23:29 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: KosmicKitty

All Quiet Along the Western Front.


13 posted on 04/15/2014 4:23:37 PM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: KosmicKitty

‘The First World War’ by Sir Martin Gilbert-

Few historians have the ability to write like Gilbert. He makes history come alive, by telling a series of ‘stories’ throughout his works.


14 posted on 04/15/2014 4:23:38 PM PDT by InkStone (Omni Vivum Ex Surfboard)
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To: KosmicKitty

Right - as posted above. Barbara Tuchman “Guns Of August” is by far the best.


15 posted on 04/15/2014 4:24:26 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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I’d recommend the following:
1. All quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
2. The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
3. The Sleepwalkers, How Europe went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark


16 posted on 04/15/2014 4:24:27 PM PDT by Dogfaced Soldier
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The War That Ended Peace: The Road To 1914 by Margaret Macmillan.
17 posted on 04/15/2014 4:25:49 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: SkyDancer

Have you read “A World Undone”?


18 posted on 04/15/2014 4:26:19 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: henkster

Thank you. I am quite interested in what lead up to the war it well as the war itself


19 posted on 04/15/2014 4:26:32 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: KosmicKitty

Paul Johnson “Modern Times”


20 posted on 04/15/2014 4:26:51 PM PDT by the anti-mahdi
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To: KosmicKitty

I realize it’s not a book, but...

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=World+War+1

I’ve watched much of these. The photos are mostly very good.


21 posted on 04/15/2014 4:28:14 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: KosmicKitty

August 1914 by Alexander Solzhenitsyn


22 posted on 04/15/2014 4:28:14 PM PDT by allendale
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To: nascarnation

Looks like a good book - I like those that talk about the effects of events on average people as well as theory and such!! Thank you.


23 posted on 04/15/2014 4:28:37 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: 1rudeboy

2nd recommendation - goes to the top of the list :-)

Thanks


24 posted on 04/15/2014 4:29:18 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: KosmicKitty

For a perspective on the Russian front: August 1914 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


25 posted on 04/15/2014 4:31:18 PM PDT by paint_your_wagon
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To: KosmicKitty
The First World War by John Keegan

The Real War 1914-1918 by B. H. Liddell Hart

Above would be my recommendations for a single-volume approach to the entire war. I'm just finishing a very interesting book on the events preceding the war and the diplomatic breakdown:

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went To War In 1914 by Christopher Clark

- not, probably, what you're looking for but there's a lot of information in it I haven't found anywhere else.

Good luck!

26 posted on 04/15/2014 4:31:21 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: gorush

No, will have to check it out. Thanks.


27 posted on 04/15/2014 4:31:35 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: BenLurkin

Just watched for the first time the Peter O’Toole, movie and recently picked up T.E. Lawrence - Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Will be interested in the other books you recommend

Thanks you


28 posted on 04/15/2014 4:35:11 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: KosmicKitty

m4wwiii


29 posted on 04/15/2014 4:35:27 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob (You can count my felonies by looking at my FR replies.)
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To: SkyDancer

YW. I thought it far superior in explaining the causes and the evolution of the war. It dealt with the land war primarily while “Castles of Steel” was a fascinating view from the naval perspective.


30 posted on 04/15/2014 4:35:31 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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Just checked the library here in Charleville and requested it. They have it, or can get it from the Brisbane library. Again, many thanks. Janey


31 posted on 04/15/2014 4:36:46 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: KosmicKitty

I read “A Naval History of WWI” by Paul G. Halpern a few months ago. Comprehensive and lots of navy speak detail. It’s amazing how much WWI naval action took place around the globe that you may have never heard of.


32 posted on 04/15/2014 4:37:14 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Argus

Looks very interesting. What a great list I am compiling :-)

Thank you


33 posted on 04/15/2014 4:37:23 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: gorush

Thanks, will write that down.


34 posted on 04/15/2014 4:38:09 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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Might wanna cancel the other summer reads. But, worth it.
The Origins of the War of 1914--Luigi Albertini
35 posted on 04/15/2014 4:39:20 PM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: KosmicKitty

Wings

All Quiet on the Western Front


36 posted on 04/15/2014 4:40:57 PM PDT by octex
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Any of several excellent books by the British historian Lyn MacDonald are well worth the effort to track down.

They Called It Passchendaele
The Roses of No Man's Land
Somme
1914: The Days of Hope
1914-1918: Voices and Images of the Great War
1915: The Death of Innocence
To the Last Man: Spring 1918

Adam Hochschild's "To End All Wars" covers the war on the European home fronts and tells many stories the battlefield histories have ignored.

37 posted on 04/15/2014 4:42:08 PM PDT by Eric Pode of Croydon
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To: gorush

A World Undone available in audio. Hubby, the kid , and I are always looking for audio books for road trips!!

Kid loves history as much as his mom!


38 posted on 04/15/2014 4:43:01 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: henkster

Bump for the two Massie books. They are superb.


39 posted on 04/15/2014 4:43:28 PM PDT by Eric Pode of Croydon
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To: KosmicKitty

...so is “Castles of Steel”. Have fun.


40 posted on 04/15/2014 4:44:20 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: piroque

Another 2nd recommendation - to the top of the list.

Thank you


41 posted on 04/15/2014 4:44:31 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

All Quiet on the Western Front

The First World War by John Keegan

And I’m going to throw in because its Hemingway.....
A Farewell to Arms


42 posted on 04/15/2014 4:45:13 PM PDT by Gefn (All good kitties go to the Rainbow Bridge;Holly 2/1999-12/2013)
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To: InkStone

I love it when a writer can make history come alive. Thank you.


43 posted on 04/15/2014 4:46:08 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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Ken Follett’s “Fall of Giants” (1st of a 3 part trilogy about the 20th century) is a great historical fiction read.

Scott Anderson’s “Lawrence in Arabia” (yes, that’s “in” and not “of”) distills the essence of T.E. Lawrence’s magnificent (but very difficult) “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” into a readable format. It deals almost exclusively with the Middle East and therefore will not give the background necessary to understand much of the main European facets of the War, but it certainly broadened my understanding of the the precursors of the current unstable Middle East situation.


44 posted on 04/15/2014 4:48:01 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (lib-pocrisy: requiring photo ID at a march protesting photo IDs for voters.)
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To: Gefn

I actually read A Farewell to Arms in High School. Cried at the end. I should re-read it.

Thanks


45 posted on 04/15/2014 4:49:36 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Eric Pode of Croydon

I will ty to track those down. Thank you


46 posted on 04/15/2014 4:50:54 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Gen.Blather

Thank you. I hadn’t thought about searching youtube.


47 posted on 04/15/2014 4:52:58 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: allendale

Hadn’t thought about Solzhenitsyn. Thank you.


48 posted on 04/15/2014 4:53:40 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Billthedrill

Actually, I am interested in what led up to the war as well as the war itself. Thank you.


49 posted on 04/15/2014 4:55:08 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Squawk 8888

Looks interesting. Thank you.


50 posted on 04/15/2014 4:56:31 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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