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WORLD WAR I

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THE LAST CROSSING OF THE LUSITANIA
Written by ERIK LARSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-40887-7

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania, published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the disaster.

On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had...

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THE INSPIRING STORY OF AN UNLIKELY HERO AND THE ANIMALS WHO HELPED HIM SAVE LIVES IN WORLD WAR II
Written by VICKI CROKE

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 04/14/2015

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98165-0

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

The remarkable story of James Howard “Billy” Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world’s largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill

 
Billy Williams came to colonial Burma in 1920, fresh from service in World War I, to a job as a “forest man” for a British teak company. Mesmerized by the intelligence, character, and even humor of the great animals who hauled...

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THE TRUTH BEHIND BRITAIN'S RUSH TO WAR, 1914
Written by DOUGLAS NEWTON

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 08/12/2014

Price: $34.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68350-7

Through a forensic study of the personal papers of many of the key figures on both sides of the debate, historian Douglas Newton pieces together what really went on in the frenetic weeks between the assassination in Sarajevo and the declaration of war on August 4, 1914.

Many recently published histories of Britain's Great War embrace the war as a good war—irresistible, righteous, and popular. It has become almost heretical to offer criticism of Britain's intervention. This book presents a new...

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THE ROAD TO 1914
Written by MARGARET MACMILLAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 07/29/2014

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98066-0

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The New York Times Book Review • The Economist • The Christian Science Monitor • Bloomberg Businessweek • The Globe and Mail

From the bestselling and award-winning author of Paris 1919 comes a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, a fascinating portrait of Europe from 1900 up to the outbreak of World War I. 
 
The century since the end of the Napoleonic wars had been the most peaceful era Europe had known since the fall of the Roman Empire. In the first...

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WAR, DECEIT, IMPERIAL FOLLY AND THE MAKING OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST
Written by SCOTT ANDERSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 06/03/2014

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-47641-8

Finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography

One of the Best Books of the Year:
The Christian Science Monitor
NPR
The Seattle Times 
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
Chicago Tribune


A New York Times Notable Book

The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War I was, in the words of T. E. Lawrence, “a sideshow of a sideshow.” As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by a small handful of adventurers and low-level officers far removed from the corridors of power.

At...

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A NOVEL OF WORLD WAR I
Written by GABRIEL CHEVALLIER
Introduction by JOHN BERGER
Translator MALCOLM IMRIE

Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 05/20/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17716-7

Winner of the Scott Moncrieff Prize for Translation

1915: Jean Dartemont heads off to the Great War, an eager conscript. The only thing he fears is missing the action. Soon, however, the vaunted “war to end all wars” seems like a war that will never end: whether mired in the trenches or going over the top, Jean finds himself caught in the midst of an unimaginable, unceasing slaughter. After he is wounded, he returns from the front to discover a world where no one knows or wants to know any of...

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Written by ALAN COWSILL
Illustrated by LALIT KUMAR SHARMA

Format: Trade Paperback, 132 pages

Publisher: Campfire

On Sale: 05/20/2014

Price: $12.99

ISBN: 978-9-380-74185-7

The First World War, also known as the Great War, involved over thirty nations and resulted in the deaths of millions of young men.  This graphic novel brings history to life as we see the war through the eyes of the young conscripted servicemen on all sides of the conflict. Introducing the advent of tanks, airplanes, air raids, submarines and gas attacks, the book takes a close look at the first modern war of the 20th Century. From the assassination the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo...

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EUROPE GOES TO WAR
Written by MAX HASTINGS

Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 05/13/2014

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74383-1

A New York Times Notable Book of 2013
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

World War I evokes images of the trenches: grinding, halting battles that sacrificed millions of lives for no territory or visible gain. Yet the first months of the war, from the German invasion of Belgium to the Marne to Ypres, were utterly different, full of advances and retreats, tactical maneuvering, and significant gains and losses.

In Catastrophe 1914, acclaimed military historian Max Hastings...

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HOW A STRAY DOG AND HIS BEST FRIEND HELPED WIN WORLD WAR I AND STOLE THE HEART OF A NATION
Written by ANN BAUSUM
Foreword by DAVID E. SHARPE

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: National Geographic

On Sale: 05/13/2014

Price: $24.00

ISBN: 978-1-426-21310-6

Told for the first time, this is the true story of a stray dog who eventually became affectionately known as “Sergeant Stubby” the most famous war dog of World War I. Award-winning author Ann Bausum brings her friendly writing style and in-depth research to her first-ever book for adults. 

Stubby’s story begins in 1917 when America is about to enter the war. A stray dog befriends Private J. Robert “Bob” Conroy at the Connecticut National Guard camp at Yale University and the two become...

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Written by MAX BROOKS
Illustrated by CAANAN WHITE

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 04/01/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-46497-2

Note:  Max Brooks is available to Skype(R) with classrooms that adopt the book for course use.  Email rhacademic@penguinrandomhouse.com for more information.

THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS is a fictionalized account of the 369th Infantry Regiment—the first African American regiment mustered to fight in World War I. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the trenches in France, bestselling author Max Brooks tells the thrilling story of the heroic...

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THE CLASSIC ITALIAN MEMOIR OF WORLD WAR 1
Written by EMILIO LUSSU
Translator GREGORY CONTI

Format: Hardcover, 278 pages

Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris

On Sale: 02/25/2014

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-847-84278-0

A rediscovered Italian masterpiece chronicling the author’s experience as an infantryman, newly translated and reissued to commemorate the centennial of World War I. Taking its place alongside works by Ernst JŸnger, Robert Graves, and Erich Maria Remarque, Emilio Lussu’s memoir is one of the most affecting accounts to come out of the First World War. A classic in Italy but virtually unknown in the English-speaking world, it reveals, in spare and detached prose, the almost farcical side of...

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A PHOTOGRAPHIC NARRATIVE

Format: Hardcover, 504 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 10/29/2013

Price: $100.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-35070-9

On the occasion of the centenary of World War I in August 2014--an unprecedented, spectacular pictorial history of the first global war in 380 black-and-white photographs, many never seen before, from Imperial War Museums in London.

This monumental, dramatic photographic narrative captures the war from the early arms race that developed around the massing of prewar battleship fleets to the final moments of the conflict with the sinking of the German fleet in Scapa. The photographs span the...

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