The war that began formally in August, 1914 changed the political and geographical map of Europe, the Middle East, and even much of the Far East--and, in broader but very real terms, the Earth itself. In many ways, we are still engaged in this war and the maps are still flowing. Though there was a period of 'entre deux guerres' in the 1920s and early 1930s--a false peace at best--the world has for the most part been on a war-time footing and economy for the past hundred years.

It's important to remember that time, to understand the people who lived through it, and to enter into the dynamics, the reverberations of which are still felt in our own time. These sixteen books, including histories, memoirs and novels, are some of the best from and about that period and give us an opportunity to experience this watershed in human history.


So glad you have listed WWI books. I am interested in war stories and especially of this period. Now I have my list to continue reading. The first one I read was about a year ago, All Quiet On the Western Front; one that gave me such a memory for so long after. I guess I'd been a sheltered person as the content shocked me so much.
# Posted By Suzanne | 1/22/14 3:10 PM
I've just read "The Daughters of Mars" by Tom Keneally, about Australian
nurses during World War I: from their ship being torpedoed, to their
service at Gallipoli and the Western Front. This novel deserves a place
with the others. It presents the history from the view of brave women
caught up with the unimaginable horror of the situation, and how lives
were changed forever.
# Posted By Marion Webb | 1/30/14 11:51 AM
Much of the fiction written in English about WWI is written from the perspective of those on the Western Front, usually on the allied side - to the point that it's possible to forget that fighting took place elsewhere. Louis de Bernieres' "Birds Without Wings" is an entirely absorbing tale set in what is now Turkey in the period leading up to WWI, during the war, and in the years after. Told from the perspective of simple everyday Ottoman Turks, the chapters set at Gallipoli are particularly powerful:
# Posted By Davina, BookBrowse Editor | 2/13/14 10:03 PM
I definitely agree that Kenneally's superb "Daughter's of Mars" belongs on the WWI list.

The first half of JoJo Moyes " "The Girl He Left Behind" is set in occupied France during WWI and gives a view of that war seldom treated. While I enjoyed the entire novel, it is the first section that really made me think about French civilians under German occupation during that war. And it is frightening how similar the treatment of the French civilians by the Germans was then and later in WWII.
# Posted By Sandra Hofsommer | 3/10/14 12:45 PM
I suggest you read The Road Back, a sequel to All Quiet on the Western Front by Remarque.
# Posted By Kathleen | 7/21/15 3:18 PM
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