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RJYH
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WW1 book recommendations
I've read The First World War by Keegan, Storm of Steel, and am finishing July 1914. What's next?


Ace Midnight
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re: WW1 book recommendations
I'm doing the same thing in 2019 - getting my Great War on.

I'm also reading July 1914. Then I'm going to read The Guns of August, reread All Quiet on the Western Front and then The Splintered Empires (which was a recommendation I got on this board, IIRC) by Prit Buttar.


vilma4prez
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re: WW1 book recommendations
Golipili is probably the most well known


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White Roach
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re: WW1 book recommendations
Guns of August is a great book. It really does a great job of explaining the relationships between the various European nations and the events leading up to the war.


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beachdude
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re: WW1 book recommendations
The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell. It is not a chronological history of WWI, but puts it in perspective and is a great book. Fussell was a professor at Penn and a decorated infantryman in France in WWII. No Man’s Land by John Toland. Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War by Max Hastings. The World Crisis, by Winston Churchill (only if you have little else to do for the next two months).
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DLSWVA
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re: WW1 book recommendations
I was going to recommend Keegan. How were the other two you read?


tigger1
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re: WW1 book recommendations

Poilu: The World War I Notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas, Barrelmaker, 1914-1918





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TheGooner
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re: WW1 book recommendations
If you want to try a good historical fiction on the Great War, then check out - To The Last Man by Jeff Shaara.


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RJYH
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re: WW1 book recommendations
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I was going to recommend Keegan. How were the other two you read?


Each book I've read has been from a different angle. Keegan gets into the details of battle, Storm of Steel is a firsthand account of the war, and July 1914 so far has been about the politics leading up to war after the assassination. I prefer the latter.

I'm really looking for something that discusses how the outcome of war shaped the world and contributed to WW2.


geauxpurple
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re: WW1 book recommendations
All Quiet on the Western Front if you want a diversion from the non-fiction.


RandySavage
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re: WW1 book recommendations
Check out The Vanquished by Robert Gerwath, it is about the aftermath of the war.


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FightinTigersDammit
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re: WW1 book recommendations
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if you want a diversion from the non-fiction.


Three Day Road, by Joseph Boyden


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goatmilker
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re: WW1 book recommendations
A good but dark book on the battle of the Somme by Peter Heart.


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Tigertown in ATL
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re: WW1 book recommendations
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I'm really looking for something that discusses how the outcome of war shaped the world and contributed to WW2.


Check out Paris 1919


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Grebe
Member since Jan 2015
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re: WW1 book recommendations
A World Undone by G.J. Meyer is excellent.


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tigahbruh
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Louisiana
Member since Jun 2014
993 posts

re: WW1 book recommendations
The long leadup as to why it happened? Sleepwalkers by Christopher Clark
Makes you realize how effin crazy the Serbian Nationalists were



More immediate leadup?- Guns of August by Tuchman


There are several books that focus on American involvement that are good, but can't remember at the moment.

Here's some more ideas:
WW1 books



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RollTide1987
Alabama Fan
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Member since Nov 2009
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re: WW1 book recommendations
If you want a well-informed overview of the conflict, from beginning to end, look no further than A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918 by G.J. Meyer. It's probably the best single volume overview of the conflict on bookshelves today.


H-Town Tiger
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re: WW1 book recommendations
I just finished Sleepealkers, it’s fantastic. I’m currently read The First World War by Keegan, next up The Marne 1914 by Holger Herwig


samui
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re: WW1 book recommendations
july 1914 is good book


Ace Midnight
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re: WW1 book recommendations
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july 1914 is good book


It is really well written non-fiction.


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