The First World War: A Complete History, Martin Gilbert

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  1. Elvis M. Says:

    Summary: The First World War: A Complete History tells the story of how World War I, the Great War, started, unfolded, and ended. The book begins in a time of peace, and tells how that was shattered and ultimately led to nation after nation declaring war on each other until the entire world was at war. It then leans into the war itself and how the Allies fought valiantly, and bravely against the Central Powers. Although the Central Powers (Germany, Austro-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, etc.) kept losing many battles and much ground in the beginning of the war, they turned the tide of war and started to push the Allies (Great Britain, France, Italy, Russia, and later America) back. The Allies suffered many casualties, with troops and resources dwindling, the Americans were the only hope that the Allies had, with their vast army, fresh troops, and resources. In the end, the Americans arrived and helped push the Germans back. After many gruesome battles, the allies managed to sign an Armistice agreement with the Germans to end the the First World War.

    Evaluation: This book was a very good read, it had a lot of information of World War I. It is a tough read and may be long and boring for people who do not like to read or enjoy history and war. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and managed to read it two times. It is full of interesting information, some recounts of soldiers’ experiences, and talks of the struggle that the world had to go through to acquire peace. I highly recommend this book.

    Recommendations: Two other books I would recommend would be Fallen Angels, and Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers. Both are fictional books that revolve around the Vietnam War (Fallen Angels) and the Iraq War (Sunrise Over Fallujah).

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