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  1. RabidAlien

    RabidAlien Active Member

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    For quite some time now, I've been reading everything I can get my hands on regarding WW2. But lately, I've been wanting to know more about WW1, as well. The wif' and I were in Barnes and Nobles bookstore last night, and I picked up a book titled "Duffy's War", but they only had one shelf (not even an entire section....just one poor shelf!) of WW1 books. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on books about WW1, from general overview histories to personal accounts, land air and sea alike. What are your top-50 book lists?

    Thx in advance!


    http://www.amazon.com/Duffys-War-Fr...=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1257607652&sr=8-1
     
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    The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman is still the single best volume that I've seen on WWI, but I am far from an expert. Guns only covers up to the first 6 months of the war, though.
     
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    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

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    #3 vikingBerserker, Nov 7, 2009
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    I agree with diddy about "The Guns of August".

    My other favs are:
    The Fought For The Sky by Quentin Reynolds
    September Evening by Barry Diggens - About Werner Voss
    The Red Knight of Germany by Floyd Gibbons - About Red Baron
    Fighting Airmen: The Way of the Eagle by Maj Charles J Biddle

    and of course Terror of the Autumn Skies: The True Story of Frank Luke, America's Rogue Ace of World War I by Blaine Pardoe

    There is a great one about Jutland, called (I think) Jutland or something like that.

    I knows it's not a true story, but I've always heard that All Quiet on the Western Front did a good job portraying the horrors of WW1.
     
  4. RabidAlien

    RabidAlien Active Member

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    Thanks, y'all! I've seen "All Quiet on the Western Front"...may need to get the movie again! I've got Sgt. York's autobiography on my Amazon wishlist, but so far the only one's for sale are collectors editions, and therefore priced in the triple digits. I'll keep searching the local used book stores. Heh.

    I'm headin to Amazon right now to put those books on my list, thanks again!
     
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    There's alot of great books covering WWI...but few do a complete overview like the book titled "Eyewitness World War I" by Jon Lewis. I think you can still find it available at most book sources. I have the hardcover, but I've seen a softcover too.

    This book covers all the just about all of the battles, from Gallipoli to Jutland. It has real good first-hand accounts from folks like King George to Ediie Rickenbacker and everyone inbetween.

    I also enjoyed the biography of Erwin Rommel's service in WWI.
     
  6. RabidAlien

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    Oooo, I'd love the Rommel book! He did some balls-out audacity during WW1, which was briefly covered in the two books I've read on him. I'd love to hear more details on some of his endeavors! What's the title of that one, if you don't mind my asking?
     
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    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

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    That a great tip Dave, I've never been able to find a book like that on WW1.
     
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    The only English language book I know of that makes a serious effort to examine west front combat during August 1914. It destroys a lot of stereotypes about WWI era combat.
     
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    Infanterie Greift An (Infantry Attacks). Written between the wars it also brought him into Hitlers attention. I have it and it is very good. You can see why he operated how he did in WWII.
     
  10. RabidAlien

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    Now that you type the name, I have to kick myself. Yeah, I remember Googling for that book at one point, but couldn't justify spending triple-digits for a book at the time.....even if it was written by Rommel! I'll keep an eye out, though!
     
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    'The Great War' by Les Carlyon gives a very graphic account in the trenches from Gallipoli to the end of the war manly centred around the Anzak's, but with very good background to the politics and command structure
    :hotsun: :hotsun:
     
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    I can't remember the title, and I don't have that book (or most of my others) anymore...

    I've been searching around to see of I can find the book so I can get the title for you though.
     
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    Infanterie Greift An

    Its mentioned in every book that discusses anything Rommel did. Can't believe I couldn't think of it myself, since I'm such a big fan of his! Poor guy was just born in the wrong country. I found a copy through Google for 999,00 Euros. Not sure I'm ready to shell out that much for a book that'll be bounced around in my backpack while I read it...


    Vic, thanks! I'm headin to Amazon now to check it out.
     
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