Reading List: World War I

This day in 1918 marked the end of the Great War. UNP has several outstanding titles across our imprints to reflect on the events that forever changed the world.

From Potomac Books


Fall of the Double Eagle
The Battle for Galicia and the Demise of Austria-Hungary

By John R. Schindler

“With a great deal of detail and even greater empathy, Schindler brings both the heroism and blunders of the Dual Monarchy’s doomed war effort to life. Both amateur World War I enthusiasts and specialists are forever in his debt for restoring the battle of Galicia to its proper place.”—Avi Woolf, English editor of and blogger for the Times of Israel


Gardens of Hell
Battles of the Gallipoli Campaign

By Patrick Gariepy

“Patrick Gariepy . . . presents a detailed history of an underappreciated major military campaign doomed from the start, offering a prime model of costly disaster resulting from a bad plan poorly executed.”—William D. Bushnell, Military Officer

Fruits of Victory
The Woman’s Land Army of America in the Great War

By Elaine F. Weiss

“Elaine Weiss’ book Fruits of Victory tells the story of the woman’s land army, which was organized by women to bring in the crops while men were off at war in WWI. With disdain from the government women from the suffrage movement, labor movement, garden clubs, universities and high society raised funds, recruited volunteers and with difficulty convinced farmers to employ tens of thousands of women in the fields for equal pay with men. It is a great tale and remarkable that the same dismissive approach toward women in the early 20th century allowed historians to ignore this whole episode of American history.” —Jerry L. Doctrow, Amazon customer review

From Nebraska


Imagining the Unimaginable
World War, Modern Art, and the Politics of Public Culture in Russia, 1914-1917

By Aaron J. Cohen

“This book offers the reader a well-researched and nuanced analysis of the politics and aesthetics of a period and place whose significance is underappreciated.”—Andrew M. Nedd, Russian Review

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America’s U-Boats
Terror Trophies of World War I

By Chris Dubbs

“[America’s U-Boats is] a great tale of daring German and American submariners, the employment of innovative technology, and a curious American public.”—Colonel John J. Abbatiello, Naval History

From Bison Books


The Lost Battalion

By Thomas M. Johnson and Fletcher Pratt

“[In October 1918] the Seventy-seventh American Division attacked in the Argonne. One mixed battalion of companies from two regiments got as far as it could. Germans closed in the rear, surrounding 600 men. Six days later, after incredible hardships, the wounded and an unharmed 194 were relieved. . . . [The authors] have reconstructed every dramatic hour of the six-day siege. . . . Correcting myths, cleaning up official whitewashes, Johnson and Pratt succeed in telling a more dramatic story than all the myths and official embroideries put together.”—New York Times


Surgeon in Khaki
Through France and Flanders in World War I

By Arthur Anderson Martin

“This highly-readable account of life in World War I was a fascinating and fast read for me. Martin doesn’t simply describe campaigns and politics. He’s in the trenches. He’s one of the men, and he’s a highly frustrated one at that. He’s appalled at how ill-prepared Britain was as it entered the war and how botched things were even months later. Doctors had to operate under terrible conditions, but the ignorance of the supply system made it far worse: a total lack of automobile ambulances (until Martin wrote back to connections in London to get things done, a move that likely made him unpopular with his superiors), no rubber gloves, and on and on.” —Beth Cato, Goodreads community review


To the Last Salute
Memories of an Austrian U-Boat Commander

By Georg von Trapp

Translated and with an introduction by Elizabeth M. Campbell

“[von Trapp] almost certainly always tried to put his best foot forward, and he emerges from his account as a man of great skill, considerable compassion . . . and sufficient tact and tolerance to handle the kind of polyglot crews that sailed for the Dual Monarchy. [H]e became the highest scoring Austro-Hungarian submariner, despite equipment that was sometimes more dangerous to him and his men than to the enemy. He fought on to the end, knowing that the Dual Monarchy he served so well was crumbling.”—Booklist

Browse our complete collection of WWI titles here.

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