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TigerFanInSouthland
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re: WW1 book recommendations
Guns of August is great, Now it can be Told by Phillip Gibbs is really good, A World Undone by GJ Meyer is a great in depth book on WWI too.


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madmaxvol
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re: WW1 book recommendations
My favorite book of fiction involving WWI (without the central plot of the story being about WWI)... A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin. It revolves around an old man and his recollection of his life, including his service in WWI. It is brilliantly written, and by far Helprin's best work.


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bayoumuscle21
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re: WW1 book recommendations
Guns of August


FightinTigersDammit
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re: WW1 book recommendations
A Rifleman Went to War, by H. W. McBride


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TigerFanInSouthland
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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.


I’m about to finish this one. It’s fricking awesome.


donut
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re: WW1 book recommendations
Europe's Last Summer by David Fromkin


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Ace Midnight
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I’m about to finish this one. It’s fricking awesome.


I used Amazon digital credits today to subsidize this one. I'm just about to finish July 1914 and then go Guns of August. I think this one is next (A World Undone).


Ace Midnight
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Guns of August.


Just started yesterday and so far it has exceeded my expectations.


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Great Book


Ace Midnight
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I'm only reading about 15 or 20 minutes a day. And I know that "recency" bias is a thing, but The Guns of August is one of the best written, from a craftsmanship standpoint, non-fiction books I've ever read.

I put it on par with Bowden's writing style (Blackhawk Down, Killing Pablo, Guests of the Ayatollah), although she has more of a novelist's style of imagery.


tke_swamprat
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I just got A World Undone and Guns of August. I’ll dive into WW2 after these 2. Whole summer off grad school so this should keep me occupied.


TigerFanInSouthland
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I used Amazon digital credits today to subsidize this one. I'm just about to finish July 1914 and then go Guns of August. I think this one is next (A World Undone).


It’s almost like the encyclopedia of WWI. Goes into the before and after of it.

It’s at a more macro level however but does give some personal accounts of the men doing the fighting.


tke_swamprat
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Almost finish A World Undone. Any good WW2 books similar?


Ace Midnight
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Almost finish A World Undone. Any good WW2 books similar?




The scope and range of WWII may be too much for any single volume summary to get close to A World Undone (although I'm not finished yet, it is a fast read).

I would direct you to Anthony Beevor's The Second World War as a possibility. Beever wrote one of the definitive books on Stalingrad (titled simply enough, Stalingrad) and is a well-regarded popular historian.

Churchill's series (also titled The Second World War) is a favorite of mine.

But there are literally hundreds if not thousands of World War II survey type series, not the least of which is the old school Time Life Series which I had and read at 9 years old.


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SoFla Tideroller
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re: WW1 book recommendations
For a Marine vet or interest in the American effort in The Great War, Miracle at Belleau Wood: The Birth of the Modern U.S. Marine Corps.


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Chicken
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re: WW1 book recommendations
Just started reading Guns Of August based on the recommendation of this board. Wow. What a mess Europe was in late 1800's and early 1900's...


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