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NPR American Chronicles: World War I

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Famously referred to by US president Woodrow Wilson as “the war to end all wars,” the first world war eclipsed all previous wars with its scale of destruction. With over twenty-seven nations involved, the battle-field horrors and political outcomes of the first truly global military conflict had repercussions that are still felt today.

NPR presents a vivid portr
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Audio CD, 210 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by HighBridge Company
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Hank Pharis
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
The library has several of these NPR American Chronicles series but this was the first one I've heard. Basically these are a compilation of stories from NPR related to a particular theme. I was impressed with this one and enjoyed it.

(Note: I'm stingy with stars. For me 2 stars means a good book. 3 = Very good; 4 = Outstanding {only about 5% of the books I read merit this}; 5 = All time favorites {one of these may come along every 400-500 books})
Patrick
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Three hours of rambling.
Erin Cataldi
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
American Chronicles: World War I. 3 CDs. 3.5 hrs. High Bridge Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781622313853. $24.95.

NPR compiled this wonderful assortment of World War I stories to mark the 100th anniversary of "The War to End All Wars." Included in this three disc set are: first hand accounts from veterans, author talks with noted war historians, poetry, broadcasts from that era, and many often overlooked stories and battles. From the last of the dough-boys to the Christmas Truce of 1914, this compilation i
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Dale
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
National Public Radio (NPR) has gone through its archives and pulled out almost thirty stories about World War I in honor of the 100th anniversary of the start of the war. The stories range from interviews with soldiers to interviews with historians and authors.

Topics include a look at pre-World War I Europe, a look at the creator of the Sopwith Camel, discussions of several battles, hand-created masks for men whose faces were damaged in the war, a mini-biography of America's famed flying ace E
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Nick Jones
This collection epitomizes the two things I most like and dislike about NPR. On the one hand, the stories told here about World War I highlight a lot of nooks and crannies that don't generally get explored in the general cultural discourse (records of a black soldier serving in France, recollections of everyday people who went off to war, etcetera). On the other, it's all done in a superficial fashion designed to fit into four- to ten-minute blocks on shows like All Things Considered or Here and Now, failing ...more
Theresa
Jul 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, world-war-i
This book is a compilation of World War I stories that were originally aired on NPR. Various announcers talk to authors of new books on World War I, World War I veterans, and the biographers of Thomas Sopwith and Eddie Rickenbacker. The interviews put a human face on the most famous names from the first global war as well as bringing to light unknown names and incidents. The most unsettling interview is the one that compares global conditions in 1914 with today's world as they are eerily similar ...more
Nikki
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wish this book was longer and that more personal accounts had been documented before all the WWI veterans passed away.
Alec Gray
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent audio compilation of NPR stories and interviews on WWI
Julie
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie by: audio reco'd by Book List
This is an excellent way to find out more about WW I. Only 3 discs and you come away with a greater understanding of the "big picture" of WW I, as well as the very human side. Highly recommended.
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