The War to End All Wars: World War I
Nonfiction master Russell Freedman illuminates for young readers the complex and rarely discussed subject of World War I. The tangled relationships and alliances of many nations, the introduction of modern weaponry, and top-level military decisions that resulted in thousands upon thousands of casualties all contributed to the “great war,” which people hoped and believed wo...more
While this book certainly is not a comprehensive account of WWI, it does provide middle school and high school students a lucid explanation of the cause of the war and the war’s major events. Freedman also looks at the facts and models for students the way historians use facts to propose a theory. Freedman makes the case that World War I was a col...more
Probably my sense of this book was hindered by the fact that I listened to the audiobook. The reader, although givi...more
Nonfiction master Russell Freedman illuminates for young readers the complex and rarely discussed subject of World War I. Th...more
The book does a pretty good job as a chronicle of the horrors of WWI from a humanitarian perspective: the soldiers that died in the mud, were gassed or blown apart or suffered diseases peculiar to life in the trenches.
However, as a book of history, it comes up short. The book leaves out a lot of important information while spend...more
Pretty depressing stuff, especially the descriptions of soldiers taking forever to move just a few yards forward, and most of them not surviving. Also, appeared that the military machines started the fight because the cogs had started turning and it was to hard to stop -- looked like one of the three needed to step up and say, "Look -- we're freakin' related -- let's talk this one out..."
Reason for my...more
For the avid history-buff, this Russell Freedman historical perspective is rich with photographs, quotes, and facts. Foll...more
I have been privileged to read another Russell Freedman book last semester, The Freedom Riders. I didn’t realize until putting a hold on this one at the library that is was by the same author as the other. I was really excited to read it, which is unusual for me considering my love of fiction
There is something so unique about Freedman’s work that has caused me to be just as sucked into his books as I am in works of fiction. And it’s even more...more
It was a war during which and afterwards everything changed, for example, technology went from horseback charges to airplanes and tanks. It set the stage for what would happen in the world for the rest of the c...more
World War I started when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were killed by a Serbian terrorist group called the Black Hand in 1914 in Sarajevo. After their murders Austria-Hungary d...more
I have always wanted to know more about this war. Through all of my years of education I remember very little study on the topic. World War II was a result of World War I and Freedman does a good job explaining the connections to young readers in the last chapter of the book.
Pretty well done. I did get bogged done a couple times by details, but it managed to pull me back. I learned quite a few things I didn't know before. The beginning part, describing the assassination, was heart-breaking. Franz Ferdinand and Sophie really loved one another!
As for whether I consider it Newbery-worthy, hmmm, not too sure. It could have been a bit more engaging. I mean, I know its an account of a horr...more
He grew up in San Francisco and attended the University of California, Berkeley, and then worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Pre...more