Nonfiction books about WWI events and the people involved.

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Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest
Wade Davis

HISTORY DISCOVER DAV

The definitive story of the British adventurers who survived the trenches of World War I and went on to risk their lives climbing Mount Everest.


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George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I
Miranda Carter

HISTORY EUROPE CAR

A brilliant and sometimes darkly hilarious portrait of these men—damaged, egotistical Wilhelm; quiet, stubborn Nicholas; and anxious, dutiful George—and their lives, foibles and obsessions.


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The Englishman's Daughter: A True Story of Love and Betrayal in World War I
Ben Macintyre

HISTORY EUROPE MAC

In the first days of World War I, four British soldiers found themselves trapped behind enemy lines on the western front. They were forced to hide in a tiny French village, whose inhabitants made the courageous decision to shelter the fugitives.


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Elsie and Mairi Go to War: Two Extraordinary Women on the Western Front
Diane Atkinson

HISTORY MILITARY WWI ATK

The incredible story of two courageous and spirited women who were the only female participants to serve on the western front during World War I.


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The Lost History of 1914: Reconsidering the Year the Great War Began
Jack Beatty

HISTORY MILITARY WWI BEA

Beatty shows how any of the countries involved in WWI might have derailed the war or brought it to a different end.


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The Missing of the Somme
Geoff Dyer

HISTORY MILITARY WWI DYE

Through visits to battlefields and memorials, Dyer examines the way that photographs and film, poetry and prose determined the way we would think about and remember the war.


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The Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War
Peter Englund

HISTORY MILITARY WWI ENG

The twenty people from whose journals and letters Englund draws are from all different countries. Despite their various genders and nationalities, they will be united by their involvement in The Great, and terrible, War.


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The War to End All Wars: World War I
Russell Freedman

HISTORY MILITARY WWI FRE

Russell Freedman illuminates the complex and rarely discussed subject of World War I. Archival photographs give the disturbing subject matter a moving visual counterpart.


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The Wolf: How One German Raider Terrorized the Allies in the Most Epic Voyage of WWI
Richard Guilliatt, Peter Hohnen

HISTORY MILITARY WWI GUI

The Wolf ’s assignment is to terrorize ports of the British Empire by laying minefields and sinking freighters. Yet to maintain secrecy, she could never pull into port or use her radio.


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The Somme: The Darkest Hour on the Western Front
Peter Hart

HISTORY MILITARY WWI HAR

In 1916, the British Army launched the “Big Push” to bring an end to the stalemate on the Western Front. What resulted was one of the greatest single human catastrophes in twentieth century warfare.


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The Marne, 1914: The Opening of World War I and the Battle That Changed the World
Holger H. Herwig

HISTORY MILITARY WWI HER

Here is a new account of the Battle of the Marne, a cataclysmic encounter that prevented a quick German victory in World War I and changed the course of two wars.


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To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
Adam Hochschild

HISTORY MILITARY WWI HOC

To End All Wars focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war’s critics.


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The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War
David Laskin

HISTORY MILITARY WWI LAS

David Laskin traces the lives of several men who left their homes in Europe, joined the army, and endured the month of hell that ended the war at the Argonne.


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Five Lieutenants: The Heartbreaking Story of Five Harvard Men Who Led America to Victory in World War I
James Carl Nelson

HISTORY MILITARY WWI NEL

Five Lieutenants tells the story of five young Harvard men who took up the call to arms in the spring of 1917 and met differing fates in the maelstrom of battle on the Western Front in 1918.


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The Remains of Company D: A Story of the Great War
James Carl Nelson

HISTORY MILITARY WWI NEL

Follows the members of Company D, 28th Infantry Regiment, United States First Division, from enlistment to combat and the effort to recover their remains.


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A More Unbending Battle: The Harlem Hellfighter's Struggle for Freedom in WWI and Equality at Home
Peter N. Nelson

HISTORY MILITARY WWI NEL

Nelson chronicles the little-known story of the 369th Infantry Regiment—the first African-American regiment mustered to fight in WWI.


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Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour: Armistice Day, 1918 World War I and Its Violent Climax
Joseph E. Persico

HISTORY MILITARY WWI PER

Persico sets the last day of the war in historic context with a reprise of all that led up to it, to the racism black doughboys endured except when ordered to advance and die in the war’s last hour.


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Three Armies on the Somme: The First Battle of the Twentieth Century
William Philpott

HISTORY MILITARY WWI PHI

Three Armies on the Somme challenges our ideas about the Battle of the Somme and about the very nature of war.


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The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919
Mark Thompson

HISTORY MILITARY WWI THO

Historian Mark Thompson relates the saga of the Italian front, and the nationalist frenzy and political intrigues that preceded the conflict.


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World War I: Contains a 16-Page Guide to WWI Battlefields and Memorials
H. P. Willmott

HISTORY MILITARY WWI WIL

Explains the causes of the war and what made it the most costly and destructive war in history.


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