THE World War, or WWI to Us

photoOld volumes titled The World War, or The Great War, or something similar always catch my attention.  That first “global” conflict has been so eclipsed by the 1940’s version in our popular histories and culture that most of us can barely remember when it was or what was at issue.  Just look at my shelf space devoted to WWII books, compared to the small corner for The War to End All Wars – I would have so much more room for angels and saints if that were only true!  I don’t know if it was naivete, or horror at the atrocities, that had people convinced this was going to be the last war.  I would like to read more of those lovely gilt and blind stamped volumes just to find out what they were thinking.

Of course there is no shortage of good literature on the topic, both fiction and non, contemporary to the war or more current historical research.  Daedulus, the remainder book distrubutor, just posted a list of favorite WWI titles that I thought I would share to get you started.  The attention on Downton Abbey has certainly helped boost interest in that era too.  In fact, I would add Kate Morton’s wonderful British home front stories, especially The House at Riverton,  to the list of fiction books on the topic.  I think the first season of Downton Abbey is remarkably similar to Morton’s book, but if you like historical fiction at all, you will still appreciate the suspense and great characters. Come in and see what we have to offer!

Here is the Daedulus list:

Top Ten WWI Books

Daedalus’ Top Ten WWI Books:

The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker
Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger
The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell
The Pity of War by Niall Ferguson
The Beauty and the Sorrow by Peter Englund
The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry
Good-Bye to All That by Robert Graves
Over Here: The First World War and American Society by David Kennedy

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WWI personal favorites from two Daedalus staffers:

One of Ours by Willa Cather
The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek
Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger

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