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Subject: Need a recommendation on WW I book
Date Posted: 1/1/2014 10:03 PM ET
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I am looking for a good book that will give me a good insight and info on WW I. I don't know much about that period and have lots of questions about that time due to some old family photos that have surfaced of family members going/returning from the war. Prefer not a dry textbook type but something that has good info and insight. Thanks.

Date Posted: 1/1/2014 11:39 PM ET
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John Keegan, Great Britain's finest military historian, is also a very good storyteller. in The First World War (2000), he explains the way all European nations had been training for war for almost 20 years, and each had plans and more plans for battle. And how these plans, along with layers of secret treaties, enabled a war that, actually, none of them were looking forward to. They also had very real problems with commuications, as the telegraph was the most advanced medium almost all of them had. 
 

Date Posted: 1/2/2014 5:52 AM ET
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start with some general stuff about the war. There have been hundreds of books about the war. Try wikipedia and if you or your library have the encyclopedia Britannica there will be some good info there.

you can get some good insight from fiction also. a book like All Quiet on the Western Front. or The Long Engagement.

Date Posted: 1/4/2014 3:36 PM ET
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I only read fiction, but the books like Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy and The Long Engagement have a lot to say about the WWI experience.  Also recently I read The Light Between Oceans and the main character was a WWI vet.  

 



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Date Posted: 1/5/2014 2:46 AM ET
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Thanks! Good places to start. I have done some research from online sites but am anxious to delve into a good thick book about it all.


 

Date Posted: 1/5/2014 8:03 AM ET
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All Quiet on the Western Front by Remarque -- there's a reason this is THE classic WWI novel; won't give you battle plans or strategies but will give you a powerful, haunting perspective through a German soldier's eyes of the horrors, atrocities, and insanity of the war; highly recommended

Date Posted: 1/6/2014 1:44 AM ET
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Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford is also really worth looking at.



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Date Posted: 1/11/2014 10:31 PM ET
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You want fiction, straight from the mouth of one who served in WWI, read The Good Soldier Schweik.