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14-18 by Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau
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This is a good book on the general meaning of WW1 and on the historiography of the war -- how the story told by historians has changed over the years. The broad question is really about how to understand why WW1 was such a watershed and how it change...more
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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
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I enjoyed reading this novel and literally did not want to put it down.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki is different from the other Murakami novels I have read (1Q84; Kafka on the Shore). It is not as mystical, it is shorter, and the plot is relatively easy...more
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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
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Under Fire by Henri Barbusse
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War of Attrition by William Philpott
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This book is a sharp analytic approach to understanding WW1. Its perspective is that the strategy of the warring states evolved away from their initial emphasis on achieving a quick "knockout" victory and towards one of a concerted war of attrition,...more
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Payback by Mark Andrew Brumby
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"I read the book for a discussion group and enjoyed it. As to it being a "literary miracle", I feel under no obligation to support NPR's efforts to pro...more "
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