WWI Centennial

World War I lasted from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918. WWI was a global war originating in Europe that was described as the war to end all war. An estimated nine million military members and seven million civilians died as a result of the war. WWI is also considered a contributing factor to the influenza epidemic of 1918, which caused 50-100 million deaths worldwide.

This year, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I. Visit our first floor display featuring popular books about the war, fictional works that took place during this particular time in history, and war-themed stories.

The American Heritage History of World War I – C.L. Sultzberger
Eyewitness accounts augment a pictorial history of World War II at both the battlefronts and at home

Birds Without Wings – Louis De Bernieres
During the finals days of the Ottoman Empire, the young men of the village are instructed to battle the invading forces during the Great War and destroy the peace.

Conscience – Louisa Thomas
The story of four young men navigating upheaval during the war and discovering what was expected of them as far as morals, education, and faith.

Heroes of the Somme (DVD)
Original archives from the Western Front are used to uncover the stories of seven men who were awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain’s most prized military medal.

The Ends of the Earth – Robert Goddard
In the third installment of the James Maxted thriller series, starring a dashing Royal Flying Corps veteran turned secret service operative, the truth about allegiances has never been less certain. The Treaty of Versailles has finally been signed, officially ending the World War I peace negotiations, and the action shifts east, to Tokyo, where a team assembled at Max’s behest anxiously awaits his arrival on the docks.

The First World War – John Keegan
The definitive account of the Great War and national bestseller from one of our most eminent military historians, John Keegan.

The Greatest Day in History – Nicholas Best
Unlike 1945, the First World War did not end neatly with the unconditional surrender of the Germans. After negotiations, military offensives and the beginning of a Communist revolution, the German Imperial regime collapsed. The Allies eventually granted an armistice to a new German government, but only after 11,000 casualties had been sustained.

The Harlem Hellfighters – Max Brooks
A fictionalized account of the 369th Infantry Regiment – the first African American regiment mustered to fight in World War I.

Veiled Warriors – Christine Hallett
Hallett challenges the myths to reveal the true story of allied nursing in the First World War.

We That Are Left – Clare Clark
1910. Jessica and Phyllis Melville have grown up at Ellinghurst, a family estate fraught with secrets. A headstrong beauty, Jessica longs for London while bookish Phyllis dreams in vain of attending university.

-Claire

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