1. The First World War, John Keegan (1999). Eminent history Keegan provides one of the best overall narratives of the war with a particular eye on the sufferings of the foot soldier. He weaves in the stories of human suffering with the political and cultural affects of the war. Bought used at the State Department Bookstore.
2. Fix Bayonets! John Thomason, Jr., Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (1926; republished 1994 by the Naval Institute Press). The story of the U.S. Marines in WWI. Illustrated with charcoal drawings. Bought used but can't remember where.
3. A Foreign Field: A True Story of Love and Betrayal During the Great War, Ben MacIntyre (2002). The story of four young British soldier s trapped behind enemy lines in 1914. The four are protected by local villagers but are eventually betrayed. Bought used, State Department Bookstore.
4. Whispers in the Wind, Douglas Eisentstein (2000). Based on journals of men from a regiment of the American Expeditionary Force, it follows the unit from boot camp to the Western Front. Contains pictures and maps. Bought used at the State Department Book Store.
5. The World War, McKinley, Coulomb and Gearson (1918). Written the year WWI ended and hence still referred to as simply "The World War." Issued by the American Book Company, it was used as a textbook. Clear and concise with a chronology at the end. I don't text books have gone down hill since. Bought used but can't remember where.
6. The Great War and Modern Memory, Paul Fussell (1975). Fussell uses cutting wit and unique observations to describe the horror of the war. I think a gift from a friend but can't remember now.
See earlier Blog on War Journals, Part I: Storm of Steel, Junger and Goodbye to All That, Robert Graves