All Time Faves: Classic Novels of World War I

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Under Fire: The Story of a Squad Under Fire: The Story of a Squad
By Barbusse, Henri
2012-12 - Createspace
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Here is a rare and fascinating collection of personal letters written by 18 of the thousands of British emigrants who came to North America just prior to the American Revolution. The letters reveal the motivations, characteristics, and emotions of these subjects and also provide new insights into British-American migration of the time, especially personal networks among family and friends. …More

Through the Wheat: A Novel of the World War I Marines Through the Wheat: A Novel of the World War I Marines
By Boyd, Thomas
2000-09 - Unp - Nebraska Paperback
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Fresh out of a Defiance, Ohio, high school, Thomas Boyd (1898-1935) joined the Marines to serve his country in the patriotic heat of the spring of 1917. In 1919 he came home from the war with a Croix de Guerre and a desire to write. He joined the St. Paul News as a journalist and opened a bookstore, whose patrons included F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis. Through the Wheat appeared to immediate acclaim, with F. Scott Fitzgerald calling it "a work of art" and "arresting". Boyd wrote five other works before he died in Vermont of a cerebral hemorrhage at age thirty-seven. …More

One of Ours One of Ours
By Cather, Willa
1991-11 - Vintage Books
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Willa Cather's Pulitzer Prize-winning narrative of the making of a young American soldier
Claude Wheeler, the sensitive, aspiring protagonist of this beautifully modulated novel, resembles the youngest son of a peculiarly American fairy tale. His fortune is ready-made for him, but he refuses to settle for it. Alienated from his crass father and pious mother, all but rejected by a wife who reserves her ardor for missionary work, and dissatisfied with farming, Claude is an idealist without an ideal to cling to. It is only when his country enters the First World War that Claude finds what he has been searching for all his life. . …More

Paths of Glory Paths of Glory
By Cobb, Humphrey
2010-06 - Penguin Books
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The anti-war masterpiece that became an iconic motion picture-now with a foreword by the creator of the acclaimed HBO(tm) series "The Wire"
Familiar to many as the Stanley Kubrick film starring Kirk Douglas, "Paths of Glory" explores the perilous complications involved in what nations demand of their soldiers in wartime. Humphrey Cobb's protagonists are Frenchmen during the First World War whose nightmare in the trenches takes a new and terrible turn when they are ordered to assault a German position deemed all but invulnerable. When the attack fails, an inquiry into allegations of cowardice indicts a small handful of lower-ranked scapegoats whose trial exposes the farce of ordering ordinary men to risk their lives in an impossible cause. A chilling portrait of injustice, this novel offers insight into the tragedies of war in any age. …More

Three Soldiers Three Soldiers
By Dos Passos
1997-12 - Penguin Books
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John Dos Passos had just returned from studying architecture in Spain when America entered World War I and - driven by the idealism that infected many young Americans (including Hemingway and e.e. cummings) - he joined up as a driver for the Ambulance Corps. His rapid and profound disillusionment forms the core of Three Soldiers, a fierce denunciation of the military and of the far-reaching social implications of its exploitation of young men. The novel focuses on three main characters: Andrews, a young composer who finally revolts against the war's deadening regimentation; Chrisfield, an Indiana farm boy who chants the words "make the world safe for democracy" to himself in a futile attempt to block out the noises and terrors of battle; and Fuselli, a clerk who clings to the dream of becoming a corporal despite the mockery of his fellow soldiers. …More

Parade's End Parade's End
By Ford, Ford Madox
2012-01 - Vintage Books
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This monumental novel, divided into four separate books, celebrates the end of an era, the irrevocable destruction of the comfortable, predictable society that vanished during World War I. …More

The African Queen The African Queen
By Forester, C. S.
1984-06 - Back Bay Books
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First published in 1935, C.S. Forester's classic romantic adventure is a tale of opposites attracted. Allnut and Rose, a disreputable Cockney and an English spinster missionary, wend their way down a river in Central Africa in a rickety, asthmatic steam launch, and are gradually joined together in a mission of retaliation against the Germans. Fighting time, heat, malaria and bullets, the two have a dramatic rapprochement before the explosive ending of the book. This tale of unlikely love is thrilling and funny and ultimately satisfying. …More

A Farewell to Arms A Farewell to Arms
By Hemingway, Ernest
1995-06 - Scribner Book Company
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By turns romantic and harshly realistic, Hemingway's story of a tragic romance set against the brutality and confusion of World War I cemented his fame as a stylist and as a writer of extraordinary literary power. A volunteer ambulance driver and a beautiful English nurse fall in love when he is wounded on the Italian front. …More

Random Harvest Random Harvest
By Hilton, James
2011-02 - Indo-Europeanpublishing.com
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Random Harvest is a novel written by James Hilton, first published in 1941. The novel was immensely popular, placing second on The New York Times list of bestselling novels for the year.The novel was successfully adapted into a film of the same name in 1942 and nominated for the Academy Award. …More

Her Privates We Her Privates We
By Manning, Frederic
1999-11 - Serpent's Tail
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A brilliant book that makes it impossible to forget the barbarity of war. …More

Company K Company K
By March, William
1989-10 - University Alabama Press
9780817304805 Check our catalog

This book was originally published in 1933. It is the first novel by William March, pen name for William Edward Campbell. Stemming directly from the author's experiences with the U.S. Marines in France during World War I, the book consists of 113 sketches, or chapters, tracing the fictional Company K's war exploits and providing an emotional history of the men of the company that extends beyond the boundaries of the war itself.…More


All Quiet on the Western Front All Quiet on the Western Front
By Remarque, Erich Maria
1987-03 - Ballantine Books
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Paul Baumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. Youthful, enthusiastic, they become soldiers. But despite what they have learned, they break into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. And as horrible war plods on year after year, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principles of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other--if only he can come out of the war alive.
"The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque.  …More

War War
By Renn, Ludwig
2001-09 - Naval & Military Press
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In his War Books Cyril Falls expresses uncertainty whether this book should be classed as fiction or reminiscence, eventually plumping for the former but based on personal experiences. The Times Literary Supplement of the day comments that he [Renn] recorded his impressions with that extreme simplicity which is one of the highest forms of literary art. 

 

Johnny Got His Gun Johnny Got His Gun
By Trumbo, Dalton
1984-03 - Perfection Learning
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This was no ordinary war. This was a war to make the world safe for democracy. And if democracy was made safe, then nothing else mattered--not the millions of dead bodies, nor the thousands of ruined lives...This is no ordinary novel. This is a novel that never takes the easy way out: it is shocking, violent, terrifying, horrible, uncompromising, brutal, remorseless and gruesome...but so is war.
Winner of the National Book Award …More