Sunday, November 11, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the War to End All War. The armistice that ended the fighting was signed at 11 a.m., Paris time, “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” The Great War decimated a generation in England and on the continent. More than 100,000 Americans also died of injuries or illness after we joined the conflict in April of 1917.
Readers know that the Great War’s trauma produced a legacy of great books. Many fall in the category of well-known classics; others will be less familiar to American readers. We’ll look at a handful of them here.
One of the great histories of World War I is Barbara Tuchman’s 1962 The Guns of August. She begins her story with the funeral of Edward VII in 1910 and covers the full sweep of the war.
Two memoirs of the war are worth your