The Complete Idiot's Guide to World War I

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Penguin, Oct 12, 2000 - History - 432 pages
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You're no idiot, of course. You know that World War I was the Great War, and you're familiar with its images; muddy trenches, poison gas, and a no-man's land of craters and barbed wire.

But when it comes to understanding its causes, why it dragged on for four years, and how it set the stage for World War II, you're lost behind enemy lines. Don't wave the white flag just yet! 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to World War I' gives you a comprehensive over-view of the first global war, from the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the Treaty of Versailles. In this 'Complete Idiot's Guide', you get:
-Broad coverage of the secret treaties and en-tangling alliances that led to war.
-Comprehensive analysis of some of history's bloodiest battles, including the Somme, Tannenberg, Gallipoli, and Belleau Wood.
-Expert commentary on the development of weapons such as the thank, the dreadnought battleship, poison gas, and the German U-boat.
-Valuable insights into the war's influence on this century's political and cultural developments.


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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

Did a great job of filling in all the blanks that were left by my schools' poor history programs. My only complaint was a lack of maps, which would have helped my understanding a lot. Read full review


Part 1The Lamps Go Out Chapter 1 The Great
Family Affairs
Blueprints for a Bloodletting
The Black Hand
A New Year and No Hope Chapter 14 The Gallipoli Disaster
Over Here and Over There
The War Beyond the Trenches 19171918
New Blood
Second Marne Chapter 26 A Million Men and More
Eleventh Hour Eleventh Day Eleventh Month
Part 6Lost Generations
The Tragedy of Versailles Chapter 29 Disease Disillusion and All That Jazz
Appendix A Who Was Who in World War I

The Other Fronts 1915
Italy the Eastern Front and Elsewhere 1916
Part 4Troubled Seas and Fiery Skies
A Tale of Two Fleets Chapter 19 Winged Knights
Part 5Doughboys Chapter 20 He Kept Us Out of War Chapter 21 Allies Imperiled
Further Reading
Part 2Home Before the Leaves Fall
Massacre and Miracle Chapter 7 The Sun Sets in the East
A Suicide Chapter 9 Duel of Doomed Empires Chapter 10 The Sick Man and Serbia Chapter 11 A World
Part 3We Are the Dead

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Alan Axelrod is a renowned historian and business writer. He was the co-author of the 'New York Times' bestseller 'What Every American Should Know About American History', as well as the 'BusinessWeek' bestsellers 'Patton on Leadership' and 'Elizabeth I, CEO'. He has written extensively on the Civil War.

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