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The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1963

by Barbara W. Tuchman

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmerman Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchman’s...


The Sleepwalkers

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History 2013

by Christopher Clark

On the morning of June 28, 1914, when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie Chotek, arrived at Sarajevo railway station, Europe was at peace. Thirty-seven days later, it was at war. The conflict that...


A Motorcycle Courier in the Great War

by Captain W.H.L. Watson & Bob Carruthers

W.H.L. Watson was a British Army, motorcycle despatch rider in the World War I. He saw active service during the key battles of 1914 and early 1915. Watson and his colleagues formed part of the Royal Engineers...


1914: The Year the World Ended

by Paul Ham

Few years can justly be said to have transformed the earth: 1914 did.In July that year, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, Britain and France were poised to plunge the world into a war that would kill or wound...


Angels of Mercy: A Women's Hospital on the Western Front 1914-1918

by Eileen Crofton

This is the story of the wartime experiences of a group of women who ran a field hospital near the trenches during World War I, often under conditions of great hardship. The text draws on the women's diaries...


Pals on the Somme 1916: Kitchener's New Army Battalions Raised by Local Authorities During the Great War

by Roni Wilkinson

Pals on the Somme covers the history of all the Pals Battalions who fought on the Somme during the First World War. The book looks at the events which led to the war and how the 'Pals' phenomenon was born._x000B__x000B_It...


The First World War

by Hew Strachan

"This serious, compact survey of the war's history stands out as the most well-informed, accessible work available." (Los Angeles Times)

Nearly a century has passed since the outbreak of World War I, yet as...


A Gunner's War: An Artilleryman's Experience in the First World War

by Ian Ronayne

If the First World War had not happened when it did, Channel Islander Clarence Ahier would almost certainly have led a mostly unremarkable life. But it did, and in October 1915, aged just 23-years-old, Clarence...


Guns of the Northeast

by Joe Foster

A graphic account of the defence of Hartlepool, Whitby and Scarborough against German seaborne raiders in 1914 and a detailed history the coastal defences that confronted the German navy. For the first time...


Cross of Iron

by John Mosier

A riveting account of the origins and development of the German army that breaks through the distortions of conventional military history

Acclaimed for his revisionist history of the German Army in World War...


Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour: Armistice Day, 1918 World War I and Its Violent Climax

by Joseph E. Persico

November 11, 1918. The final hours pulsate with tension as every man in the trenches hopes to escape the melancholy distinction of being the last to die in World War I. The Allied generals knew the fighting...


VCs of the First World War

by Gerald Gliddon

Although covering the period January to July 1917, much of this book concentrates on the events of April - the month of the Battle of Arras, including the capture of Vimy Ridge by the Canadian Expeditionary...


Crewe in the Great War

by Peter Ollerhad

Along with most of the United Kingdom the railway town of Crewe was affected in many ways during the four years of the Great War. The struggle brokered conflict and co-operation in this industrial community...


Kensington in the Great War

by G. I. S. Inglis

How the experience of war impacted on the town, from the initial enthusiasm for sorting out the German kaiser in time for Christmas 1914, to the gradual realization of the enormity of human sacrifice the families...


Plymouth in the Great War

by Derek Tait

The story of Plymouth in the First World War has never been fully covered although the town played a key role in the deployment of troops to Northern Europe as well as supplying ships and vital munitions. By...


1918 The Last Act

by Barrie Pitt

By 1918, after three years of war, Europe was weary of the stalemate and the terrible slaughter on the Western Front. The Russian Front had collapsed but the United States had abandoned her neutral stance and...


Naval Battles of the First World War

by Geoffrey Bennett

With the Call to action stations in August 1914, the Royal Navy faced its greatest test since the time of Nelson.

This classic history of the Great War at sea combines graphic and stirring accounts of all...


Bloody Red Tabs: General Officer Casualties of the Great War 1914-1918

by Frank Davies & Graham Maddocks

Long before that ghastly and quite unnecessary slogging match in the mud which we now call the First World War had dragged to its blood-soaked conclusion the belief that most of the senior officers had spent...


Seaford and Eastbourne in the Great War

by Kevin Gordon

How the experience of war impacted on the town, from the initial enthusiasm for sorting out the German kaiser in time for Christmas 1914, to the gradual realization of the enormity of human sacrifice the families...


The Great War

by John Terraine

It did not need a Fort Sumter cannonade to set the world in flames in 1914, only the pistol shots of an assassin.

The Great War 1914-1918, written by one of the leading military historians of his time, John...