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The Best Books About World War 1

“What are the best books about The First World War?” We looked at 166 of the top WW1 books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 22 titles, all appearing on 3 or more “Best WW1” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 125+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 22 World War One Books



22 .) A Storm in Flanders: The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918: Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front written by Winston Groom

 A Storm in Flanders: The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918: Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front

Lists It Appears On:

  • About Great Books
  • Goodreads
  • Military

A Storm in Flanders is novelist and prizewinning historian Winston Groom’s gripping history of the four-year battle for Ypres in Belgian Flanders, the pivotal engagement of World War I that would forever change the way the world fought — and thought about — war. In 1914, Germany launched an invasion of France through neutral Belgium — and brought the wrath of the world upon itself. Ypres became a place of horror, heroism, and terrifying new tactics and technologies: poison gas, tanks, mines, air strikes, and the unspeakable misery of trench warfare. Drawing on the journals of the men and women who were there, Winston Groom has penned a breathtaking drama of politics, strategy, and the human heart.



21 .) A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918 written by G.J. Meyer

 A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918

Lists It Appears On:

  • About Great Books
  • Barnes And Noble
  • Goodreads

The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed twenty million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today.



20 .) Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War written by Max Hastings

 Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War

Lists It Appears On:

  • About Great Books
  • Book Depository
  • Goodreads

From the acclaimed military historian, a new history of the outbreak of World War I: the dramatic stretch from the breakdown of diplomacy to the battles – the Marne, Ypres, Tannenberg – that marked the frenzied first year before the war bogged down in the trenches. In Catastrophe 1914, Max Hastings gives us a conflict different from the familiar one of barbed wire, mud and futility. He traces the path to war, making clear why Germany and Austria-Hungary were primarily to blame, and describes the gripping first clashes in the West, where the French army marched into action in uniforms of red and blue with flags flying and bands playing. In August, four days after the French suffered 27,000 men dead in a single day, the British fought an extraordinary holding action against oncoming Germans, one of the last of its kind in history. In October, at terrible cost the British held the allied line against massive German assaults in the first battle of Ypres. Hastings also re-creates the lesser-known battles on the Eastern Front, brutal struggles in Serbia, East Prussia and Galicia, where the Germans, Austrians, Russians and Serbs inflicted three million casualties upon one another by Christmas. As he has done in his celebrated, award-winning works on World War II, Hastings gives us frank assessments of generals and political leaders and masterly analyses of the political currents that led the continent to war. He argues passionately against the contention that the war was not worth the cost, maintaining that Germany’s defeat was vital to the freedom of Europe.



19 .) Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania written by Erik Larson

 Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Depository
  • Goodreads
  • Seattle Times

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania On May 1, 1915, 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 anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds” and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. He knew, moreover, that his ship – the fastest then in service – could outrun any threat. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small – hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more–all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history. It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour, mystery, and real-life suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope Riddle to President Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster that helped place America on the road to war.



18 .) Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World written by Margaret MacMillan

 Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Depository
  • Explore The Archive
  • Goodreads

Without question, Margaret MacMillan’s Paris 1919 is the most honest and engaging history ever written about those fateful months after World War I when the maps of Europe were redrawn. Brimming with lucid analysis, elegant character sketches, and geopolitical pathos, it is essential reading.’ Between January and July 1919, after “the war to end all wars,” men and women from around the world converged on Paris to shape the peace. Center stage, for the first time in history, was an American president, Woodrow Wilson, who with his Fourteen Points seemed to promise to so many people the fulfillment of their dreams. Stern, intransigent, impatient when it came to security concerns and wildly idealistic in his dream of a League of Nations that would resolve all future conflict peacefully, Wilson is only one of the larger-than-life characters who fill the pages of this extraordinary book. David Lloyd George, the gregarious and wily British prime minister, brought Winston Churchill and John Maynard Keynes. Lawrence of Arabia joined the Arab delegation. Ho Chi Minh, a kitchen assistant at the Ritz, submitted a petition for an independent Vietnam. For six months, Paris was effectively the center of the world as the peacemakers carved up bankrupt empires and created new countries.



17 .) The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East written by Eugene Rogan

 The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Depository
  • Irish Times
  • Thought Co.

In 1914 the Ottoman Empire was depleted of men and resources after years of war against Balkan nationalist and Italian forces. But in the aftermath of the assassination in Sarajevo, the powers of Europe were sliding inexorably toward war, and not even the Middle East could escape the vast and enduring consequences of one of the most destructive conflicts in human history. The Great War spelled the end of the Ottomans, unleashing powerful forces that would forever change the face of the Middle East. In The Fall of the Ottomans, award-winning historian Eugene Rogan brings the First World War and its immediate aftermath in the Middle East to vivid life, uncovering the often ignored story of the region’s crucial role in the conflict. Bolstered by German money, arms, and military advisors, the Ottomans took on the Russian, British, and French forces, and tried to provoke Jihad against the Allies in their Muslim colonies. Unlike the static killing fields of the Western Front, the war in the Middle East was fast-moving and unpredictable, with the Turks inflicting decisive defeats on the Entente in Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, and Gaza before the tide of battle turned in the Allies’ favor. The great cities of Baghdad, Jerusalem, and, finally, Damascus fell to invading armies before the Ottomans agreed to an armistice in 1918. The postwar settlement led to the partition of Ottoman lands between the victorious powers, and laid the groundwork for the ongoing conflicts that continue to plague the modern Arab world.



16 .) The First World War written by Michael Howard

 The First World War

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Depository
  • Five Books
  • Thought Co.

By the time the First World War ended in 1918, eight million people had died in what had been perhaps the most apocalyptic episode the world had known. This Very Short Introduction provides a concise and insightful history of the Great War–from the state of Europe in 1914, to the role of the US, the collapse of Russia, and the eventual surrender of the Central Powers. Examining how and why the war was fought, as well as the historical controversies that still surround the war, Michael Howard also looks at how peace was ultimately made, and describes the potent legacy of resentment left to Germany. About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life’s most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.



15 .) The War That Ended Peace: The Road To 1914 written by Margaret MacMillan

 The War That Ended Peace: The Road To 1914

Lists It Appears On:

  • About Great Books
  • Book Depository
  • Goodreads

The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress, and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict that killed millions, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe’s dominance of the world. It was a war that could have been avoided up to the last moment—so why did it happen? Beginning in the early nineteenth century and ending with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, award-winning historian Margaret Macmillan uncovers the huge political and technological changes, national decisions, and just as important, the small moments of human muddle and weakness that led Europe from peace to disaster. This masterful exploration of how Europe chose its path towards war will change and enrich how we see this defining moment in history.



14 .) The First World War Volume 1: To Arms written by Hew Strachan

 The First World War Volume 1: To Arms

Lists It Appears On:

  • About Great Books
  • Five Books
  • Goodreads
  • Thought Co.

The First World War: To Arms v.1 Features Hew Strachan’s monumental account on the First World War. This work combines military and strategic perspectives with those of cultural, diplomatic, economic, and social history and also represents the viewpoints of Germany, England, and France. Full description



13 .) The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 written by Alistair Horne

 The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916

Lists It Appears On:

  • About Great Books
  • Goodreads
  • Military
  • Thought Co.

The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 is the second book of Alistair Horne’s trilogy, which includes The Fall of Paris and To Lose a Battle and tells the story of the great crises of the rivalry between France and Germany. The battle of Verdun lasted ten months. It was a battle in which at least 700,000 men fell, along a front of fifteen miles. Its aim was less to defeat the enemy than bleed him to death and a battleground whose once fertile terrain is even now a haunted wilderness. Alistair Horne’s classic work, continuously in print for over fifty years, is a profoundly moving, sympathetic study of the battle and the men who fought there. It shows that Verdun is a key to understanding the First World War to the minds of those who waged it, the traditions that bound them and the world that gave them the opportunity. ‘Verdun was the bloodiest battle in history … The Price of Glory is the essential book on the subject’ Sunday Times ‘It has almost every merit … Horne sorts out complicating issues with the greatest clarity. He has a splendid gift for depicting individuals’ A.J.P. Taylor, Observer ‘A masterpiece’ The New York Times ‘Compellingly told … Alastair Horne uses contemporary accounts from both sides to build up a picture of heroism, mistakes, even farce’ Sunday Telegraph ‘Brilliantly written … very readable; almost like a historical novel – except that it is true’ Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery One of Britain’s greatest historians, Sir Alistair Horne, CBE, is the author of a trilogy on the rivalry between France and Germany, The Price of Glory, The Fall of Paris and To Lose a Battle, as well as a two-volume life of Harold Macmillan.



12 .) The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 written by Christopher Clark

 The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914

Lists It Appears On:

  • About Great Books
  • Book Depository
  • Goodreads
  • Thought Co.

The moments that it took Gavrilo Princip to step forward to the stalled car and shoot dead Franz Ferdinand and his wife were perhaps the most fateful of the modern era. An act of terrorism of staggering efficiency, it fulfilled its every aim: it would liberate Bosnia from Habsburg rule and it created a powerful new Serbia, but it also brought down four great empires, killed millions of men and destroyed a civilization. What made a seemingly prosperous and complacent Europe so vulnerable to the impact of this assassination? In The Sleepwalkers Christopher Clark retells the story of the outbreak of the First World War and its causes. Above all, it shows how the failure to understand the seriousness of the chaotic, near genocidal fighting in the Balkans would drag Europe into catastrophe.



11 .) War Horse written by Michael Morpurgo

 War Horse

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Bub
  • Goodreads
  • History Hit
  • Irish Times

A powerful tale of war, redemption and a hero’s journey. In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey’s courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer’s son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?



10 .) A Farewell to Arms written by Ernest Hemingway

 A Farewell to Arms

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Bub
  • Goodreads
  • History Hit
  • Irish Times
  • Military

A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield – the weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion—this gripping, semiautobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep. Ernest Hemingway famously said that he rewrote his ending to A Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times to get the words right.



9 .) Birdsong written by Sebastian Faulks

 Birdsong

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Book Bub
  • Goodreads
  • History Hit
  • Irish Times

Published to international critical and popular acclaim, this intensely romantic yet stunningly realistic novel spans three generations and the unimaginable gulf between the First World War and the present. As the young Englishman Stephen Wraysford passes through a tempestuous love affair with Isabelle Azaire in France and enters the dark, surreal world beneath the trenches of No Man’s Land, Sebastian Faulks creates a world of fiction that is as tragic as A Farewell to Arms and as sensuous as The English Patient. Crafted from the ruins of war and the indestructibility of love, Birdsong is a novel that will be read and marveled at for years to come.



8 .) Storm of Steel written by Ernst Jünger

 Storm of Steel

Lists It Appears On:

  • About Great Books
  • Book Riot
  • Explore The Archive
  • Goodreads
  • History Hit

A memoir of astonishing power, savagery, and ashen lyricism, Storm of Steel illuminates not only the horrors but also the fascination of total war, seen through the eyes of an ordinary German soldier. Young, tough, patriotic, but also disturbingly self-aware, Jünger exulted in the Great War, which he saw not just as a great national conflict but—more importantly—as a unique personal struggle. Leading raiding parties, defending trenches against murderous British incursions, simply enduring as shells tore his comrades apart, Jünger kept testing himself, braced for the death that will mark his failure. Published shortly after the war’s end, Storm of Steel was a worldwide bestseller and can now be rediscovered through Michael Hofmann’s brilliant new translation.



7 .) The Great War and Modern Memory written by Paul Fussell

 The Great War and Modern Memory

Lists It Appears On:

  • About Great Books
  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • Military
  • Smithsonian Mag

The year 2000 marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most original and gripping volumes ever written about the First World War. Fussell illuminates a war that changed a generation and revolutionised the way we see the world. He explores the British experience on the western Front from 1914 to 1918, focusing on the various literary means by which it has been remembered, conventionalized and mythologized. It is also about the literary dimensions of the experience itself. Fussell supplies contexts, both actual and literary, for writers who have most effectively memorialized the Great War as an historical experience with conspicuous imaginative and artistic meaning. These writers include the classic memoirists Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves and Edmund Blunden, and poets David Jones, Isaac Rosenberg, and Wilfred Owen. In his new introduction Fussell discusses the critical responses to his work, the authors and works that inspired his own writing, and the elements which influence our understanding and memory of war. Fussell also shares the stirring experience of his research at the Imperial War Museum’s Department of Documents. Fussell includes a new Suggested Further Reading List. Fussell’s landmark study of World War I remains as original and gripping today as ever before: a literate, literary, and illuminating account of the Great War, the one that changed a generation, ushered in the modern era, and revolutionized how we see the world.



6 .) The First World War written by John Keegan

 The First World War

Lists It Appears On:

  • About Great Books
  • Explore The Archive
  • Goodreads
  • Military
  • Smithsonian Mag
  • Thought Co.

The First World War created the modern world. A conflict of unprecedented ferocity, it abruptly ended the relative peace and prosperity of the Victorian era, unleashing such demons of the twentieth century as mechanized warfare and mass death. It also helped to usher in the ideas that have shaped our times–modernism in the arts, new approaches to psychology and medicine, radical thoughts about economics and society–and in so doing shattered the faith in rationalism and liberalism that had prevailed in Europe since the Enlightenment.



5 .) Regeneration written by Pat Barker

 Regeneration

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Bub
  • Explore The Archive
  • Goodreads
  • History Hit
  • Irish Times
  • Smithsonian Mag
  • The Guardian

Regeneration, one in Pat Barker’s series of novels confronting the psychological effects of World War I, focuses on treatment methods during the war and the story of a decorated English officer sent to a military hospital after publicly declaring he will no longer fight. Yet the novel is much more. Written in sparse prose that is shockingly clear — the descriptions of electronic treatments are particularly harrowing — it combines real-life characters and events with fictional ones in a work that examines the insanity of war like no other. Barker also weaves in issues of class and politics in this compactly powerful book.



4 .) Testament of Youth written by Vera Brittain

 Testament of Youth

Lists It Appears On:

  • About Great Books
  • Book Depository
  • Explore The Archive
  • Goodreads
  • History Hit
  • Irish Times
  • Smithsonian Mag

Much of what we know and feel about the First World War we owe to Vera Brittain’s elegiac yet unsparing book, which set a standard for memoirists from Martha Gellhorn to Lillian Hellman. Abandoning her studies at Oxford in 1915 to enlist as a nurse in the armed services, Brittain served in London, in Malta, and on the Western Front. By war’s end she had lost virtually everyone she loved. Testament of Youth is both a record of what she lived through and an elegy for a vanished generation. Hailed by the Times Literary Supplement as a book that helped “both form and define the mood of its time,” it speaks to any generation that has been irrevocably changed by war.



3 .) The Guns of August written by Barbara W. Tuchman

 The Guns of August

Lists It Appears On:

  • About Great Books
  • Barnes And Noble
  • Book Depository
  • Explore The Archive
  • Goodreads
  • Military
  • Seattle Times

Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman has brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and how it could have been stopped but wasn’t.



2 .) All Quiet on the Western Front written by Erich Maria Remarque

 All Quiet on the Western Front

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Book Bub
  • Book Riot
  • Explore The Archive
  • Goodreads
  • History Hit
  • Irish Times
  • Military

This is the testament of Paul Bäumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I. These young men become enthusiastic soldiers, but their world of duty, culture, and progress breaks into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the hatred that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against one another – if only he can come out of the war alive.



1 .) Goodbye to All That: An Autobiography written by Robert Graves

 Goodbye to All That: An Autobiography

Lists It Appears On:

  • About Great Books
  • Barnes And Noble
  • Book Riot
  • Explore The Archive
  • Goodreads
  • History Hit
  • Irish Times
  • Military

An autobiographical work that describes firsthand the great tectonic shifts in English society following the First World War, Robert Graves’s Goodbye to All That is a matchless evocation of the Great War’s haunting legacy, published in Penguin Modern Classics. In 1929 Robert Graves went to live abroad permanently, vowing ‘never to make England my home again’. This is his superb account of his life up until that ‘bitter leave-taking’: from his childhood and desperately unhappy school days at Charterhouse, to his time serving as a young officer in the First World War that was to haunt him throughout his life. It also contains memorable encounters with fellow writers and poets, including Siegfried Sassoon and Thomas Hardy, and looks at his increasingly unhappy marriage to Nancy Nicholson. Goodbye to All That, with its vivid, harrowing descriptions of the Western Front, is a classic war document, and also has immense value as one of the most candid self-portraits of an artist ever written.




The 125+ Additional Best Books About Or Featuring World War One



#BooksAuthorsLists
23DreadnoughtRobert K. Massie
About Great Books
Goodreads
24Fall of GiantsKen FollettBook Bub
Goodreads
25GallipoliL A Carlyon
Explore The Archive
Thought Co.
26Johnny Got His GunDalton TrumboGoodreads
History Hit
27July 1914: Countdown to WarSean McMeekin
Barnes And Noble
Goodreads
28Parade’s EndFord Madox FordHistory Hit
Irish Times
29Ring Of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War IAlexander Watson
About Great Books
Thought Co.
30Seven Pillars of WisdomT. E. Lawrence
About Great Books
Book Depository
31SommeLyn MacdonaldGoodreads
Thought Co.
32The Eye in the DoorPat BarkerGoodreads
Irish Times
33The Ghost RoadPat BarkerGoodreads
Irish Times
34The Good Soldier SvejkJaroslav HasekIrish Times
The Guardian
35The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World WarRichard RubinGoodreads
Seattle Times
36The Pity of War: Explaining World War INiall FergusonBook Depository
Goodreads
37The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914Barbara W. TuchmanGoodreads
Seattle Times
38The Summer Before the WarHelen SimonsonBook Bub
Goodreads
39The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to WarTim Butcher
About Great Books
Irish Times
40The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to EndRobert Gerwarth
About Great Books
Book Depository
41The WarsTimothy FindleyHistory Hit
Irish Times
42The Zimmermann TelegramBarbara W. Tuchman
About Great Books
Goodreads
43To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918Adam Hochschild
About Great Books
Goodreads
44To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949Ian Kershaw
About Great Books
Book Depository
45To the Last ManJeff ShaaraBook Bub
History Hit
46Under FireHenri BarbusseHistory Hit
Irish Times
475327Alexander SolzhenitsynIrish Times
481913: In Search of the World Before the Great WarCharles Emmerson
About Great Books
491914-1918: The History of the First World WarDavid StevensonThought Co.
50
1918: The Final Year of the Great War to Armistice
 Book Depository
51A Long Long WaySebastian BarryIrish Times
52A Month in the CountryJL CarrThe Guardian
53A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle EastDavid Fromkin
About Great Books
54A soldier’s friendMegan RixThe School Run
55A Song for WillHilary Robinson & Martin ImpeyThe School Run
56Archie’s WarMarcia WilliamsThe School Run
57Battles EastG Irving RootThought Co.
58BehemothScott WesterfeldGoodreads
59Breaking Point of the French Army: The Nivelle Offensive of 1917David Murphy
About Great Books
60Castles of SteelRobert K. MassieGoodreads
61Churchill in the TrenchesPeter Apps
About Great Books
62Dear JellySarah RidleyThe School Run
63Death of a HeroRichard AldingtonHistory Hit
64Dorothea’s War Book Depository
65Fall of PoppiesCollected AuthorsBook Bub
66Flo of the SommeHilary Robinson & Martin ImpeyThe School Run
67Fly Away PeterDavid MaloufIrish Times
68Forgotten VictoryGary SheffieldThought Co.
69Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War IAdriane Lentz-SmithBook Riot
70George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War IMiranda CarterGoodreads
71GodenslaapErwin MortierIrish Times
72Hattie Big SkyKirby LarsonBook Bub
73Hell’s FoundationsGeoffrey Moorhouse
About Great Books
74Hell’s Observer – The Epic World War 1 Journal of Private William J. Graham, American Expeditionary ForcesWilliam J. Graham
About Great Books
75Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of ArabiaMichael Korda
About Great Books
76How Many Miles to Babylon?Jennifer JohnstonIrish Times
77Imperial Germany’s Iron Regiment of the First World WarJohn K. Rieth
About Great Books
78In Flanders Fields: The 1917 CampaignLeon WolffGoodreads
79Into The Silence Book Depository
80Journey’s End Book Depository
81July Crisis: The World’s Descent into War, Summer 1914T.G. Otte
About Great Books
82Learning to FightAimee FoxFive Books
83Les Ames GrisesPhilippe ClaudelIrish Times
84Les Champs d’HonneurJean RouaudIrish Times
85Letters from SkyeJessica BrockmoleBook Bub
86LeviathanScott WesterfeldGoodreads
87Life After LifeKate AtkinsonGoodreads
88Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier The School Run
89Lingo of No Man’s Land: A World War I Slang DictionaryLorenzo N. Smith
Barnes And Noble
90Maisie DobbsJacqueline WinspearGoodreads
91March 1917: On the Brink of War and RevolutionWill Englund
About Great Books
92Mata Hari’s Last DanceMichelle MoranBook Bub
93Mein Kampf(German Language Edition) Book Depository
94Memoirs of an Infantry ManSiegfried SassoonIrish Times
95Monash’s Masterpiece Book Depository
96More Twentieth Century Articles History Hit
97Mrs DallowayVirginia WoolfThe Guardian
98My Dear I Wanted to Tell YouLouisa YoungBook Bub
99Once An Eagle Military
100One Morning in Sarajevo: 28 June 1914David James SmithIrish Times
101Only remembered EditedMichael MorpurgoThe School Run
102Orsinian TalesUrsula K Le GuinThe Guardian
103OverseasBeatriz WilliamsBook Bub
104Pale Horse, Pale RiderKatherine Anne PorterThe Guardian
105Pandora’S Box Book Depository
106PasschendaeleLyn MacDonaldThought Co.
107
Peacemakers Six Months that Changed The World
 Book Depository
108Poilu: The World War I Notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas, Barrelmaker 1914–1918Louis Barthas
Barnes And Noble
109Private PeacefulMichael MorpurgoIrish Times
110Red CavalryIsaac BabelThe Guardian
111RemembranceTheresa BreslinThe School Run
112Return of the SoldierRebecca WestThe Guardian
113Rites of Spring: the Great War and the Birth of the Modern AgeModris EksteinsFive Books
114Schlump – Tales and Adventures from the Life of the Anonymous Soldier Emil Schulz, known as ‘Schlump’ NarratedHimselfIrish Times
115SebastianChristoph FischerGoodreads
116See inside the First World War The School Run
117Silent Night: The Remarkable Christmas Truce of 1914Stanley WeintraubGoodreads
118Somewhere in FranceJennifer RobsonBook Bub
119Somme Mud Book Depository
120Stay where you are and then leaveJohn BoyneThe School Run
121Stories of WWI EditedTony BradmanThe School Run
122The AbsolutistJohn BoyneGoodreads
123The Alice NetworkKate QuinnGoodreads
124The amazing tale of Ali PashaMichael ForemanThe School Run
125The Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance that Changed the WorldGreg King and Sue Woolmans
About Great Books
126The Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World WarPeter EnglundGoodreads
127The Burning of the World – a Memoir of 1914Béla Zombory-MoldovanIrish Times
128The Christmas TruceHilary Robinson & Martin ImpeyThe School Run
129The Collected Poems of Wilfred OwenWilfred Owen
Barnes And Noble
130The complete memoirs of George SherstonSiegfried SassoonHistory Hit
131The Deluge Book Depository
132The Fall of the Dynasties: The Collapse of the Old Order: 1905-1922Edmond Taylor
About Great Books
133The First World War: A Complete HistoryMartin GilbertGoodreads
134The First World War: A Very Short Introduction Book Depository
135The First World War: Germany and Austria-HungaryH. H. HerwigThought Co.
136The ForeshadowingMarcus SedgwickThe School Run
137The Girl You Left BehindJojo MoyesGoodreads
138The Great PushPatrick MacGillIrish Times
139
The Hazy Red Hell – Fighting Experiences on the Western Front, 1914 – 1918
 Thought Co.
140The Last Great WarAdrian GregoryFive Books
141The Longman Companion to the First World War: Europe 1914 – 1918NicolsonThought Co.
142The Magic MountainThomas MannThe Guardian
143The Marne, 1914: The Opening of World War I and the Battle That Changed the WorldHolger H. HerwigGoodreads
144The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry Thought Co.
145The Radetzky MarchJoseph RothThe Guardian
146The Sandcastle GirlsChris BohjalianGoodreads
147The Secret Language of StonesM. J. RoseBook Bub
148The Shortest History of Germany Book Depository
149The Somme: The Darkest Hour on the Western FrontPeter HartGoodreads
150The Story of World War OneRichard BrasseyThe School Run
151The Three Emperors Book Depository
152The World Crisis, 1911-1918 Military
153The World Crisis, Vol. 1Winston S. Churchill
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154The World Remade: America in World War IG.J. Meyer
About Great Books
155Three Day RoadJoseph BoydenBook Bub
156Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I EraChad L. WilliamsBook Riot
157Toward the FlameHervey Allen
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158Trench Talk/Trench Life Seattle Times
159Victory at Villers-Bretonneux Book Depository
160Washington Square Book Depository
161Where the poppies now growHilary Robinson & Martin ImpeyThe School Run
162With the Help of God and a Few Marines: The Battles of Chateau Thierry and Belleau WoodAlbertus W. Catlin
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163With Their Bare Hands: General Pershing, the 79th Division, and the battle for MontfauconGene Fax
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164World War I in 100 Objects Seattle Times
165World War I: A Short HistoryMichael J. Lyons
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166World War I: The Definitive Visual HistoryR.G. Grant
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16 Best Fiction & Nonfiction WW1 Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
About Great Books 40 Great Books About World War I
Barnes And Noble Remembering World War I with 10 Astounding Books
Book Bub 17 Historical Fiction Books About World War I
Book Depository World War 1 Non-Fiction Books
Book Riot Some of the Best Books About World War I
Explore The Archive 9 Best World War I Books
Five Books The Best Books on World War I
Goodreads Popular World War 1 Books
History Hit 15 of the Best Novels and Memoirs About World War One
Irish Times The great books that define the Great War
Military World War I: Top 10 Books
Seattle Times 5 books you should read to learn more about World War I
Smithsonian Mag Five Books on World War I
The Guardian From Roth to Le Guin: top 10 novels about the first world war
The School Run WWI books for children
Thought Co. The Best Books on World War I in 2019

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