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The War to End All Wars by Russell Freedman
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Sep 25, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: history, childrensbooks, war, world-war-i
Read from September 24 to 26, 2010

An excellent overview of World War I that helps demonstrate the powerful after-effects of the war, not only in setting up the likelihood of World War II but of our continuing worldwide military conflicts. My only quibble is that I would have liked more than the mere mention given to the role of women, volunteers, and the deeply held pacifist and isolationist views of the United States both before and after the war. But since the author declares WWI as his father's war (a picture of the 16-year-old (!) soldier is included), it is not surprising that he focuses on the battles. This accessible history could also be a good companion read for young readers exploring steampunk books like Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan.

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