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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...


Invasion 1914: The Schlieffen Plan to the Battle of the Marne

by Ian Senior

The German invasion of France and Belgium in August 1914 came agonizingly close to defeating the French armies, capturing Paris and ending the First World War before the autumn leaves had fallen. The initial...


The Supreme Control at the Paris Peace Conference 1919 (Routledge Revivals): A Commentary

by Donald Hankey

This book, first published in 1963, discusses the events of the Paris Peace Conference- the meeting of Allied victors following the end of World War I to set peace terms. Lord Hankey discusses the political...


From the West Coast to the Western Front: British Columbians and the Great War

by Mark Forsythe & Greg Dickson

It has often been observed that the First World War jolted Canada into nationhood, and as Mark Forsythe and Greg Dickson show in this compelling book, no province participated more eagerly in that transformation...


'Ours': The Jersey Pals in the First World War

by Ian Ronayne

Dominating the history of the island of Jersey is the story of its occupation by German forces in the Second World War. Twenty years earlier, however, another devastating war had struck the island, affecting...


Kut 1916: Courage and Failure in Iraq

by Colonel Patrick T Crowley

The siege of Kut is a story of blunders, sacrifice, imprisonment and escape. The allied campaign in Mesopotamia began in 1914 as a relatively simple operation to secure the oilfields in the Shatt-al-Arab delta...


In Search of the Zeppelin War: The Archaeology of The First Blitz

by Neil Faulkner & Nadia Durrani

This book comprises a full introduction to the history and archaeology of the first strategic bombing campaign in history - the Zeppelin raids over Britain in 1915-1918 - based on pioneering new excavations...


GWR in the First World War

by Sandra Gittins

In August 1914 the GWR was plunged into war, the like of which the country had never experienced before. Over the years that followed life changed beyond measure, both for the men sent away to fight and the...


Essex in the First World War

by Michael Foley

Before the First World War, Essex was a very different county from that which we know today. The economy was largely based on agriculture, and the people rarely travelled beyond its borders, or even out of their...