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Graham, John W., ELEVENTH MONTH, ELEVENTH DAY, ELEVENTH HOUR: Armistice Day, 1918: World War I and Its Violent Climax. . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (NY: Random House, 2004). Photographs, maps, notes, bibliography, index, 456 pp.
~~~ From Kirkus Reviews: An eye-opening study of the final hours of a war that threatened never to end. The global bloodletting of 1914-18 was a phenomenal waste to begin with, or so many modern historians believe; as Persico (Roosevelt's Secret War, 2001, etc.) writes, "It may be that the only value to mankind coming out of World War I was to provide the ultimate test of what human beings can endure under monstrously inhuman conditions and yet maintain their humanity." Those conditions were monstrous indeed, no thanks to the combat leaders on all sides; Persico quotes, for instance, a British corps commander who complained that "the men are too keen on saving their own skins. They need to be taught that they are out here to do their job. Whether they survive or not is a matter of complete indifference." More than five million on all sides died in the first five months of the conflict alone, and the carnage continued unabated for three more years, until by November 1918 the German Kaiser was finally persuaded to yield to the Allies. Amazingly, and depressingly, once the arrangements were made for the armistice to begin at the resonant 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the armies of Germany, Austria-Hungary, France, the British Empire, and the US were ordered to fight on; Allied forces along the Western Front were even commanded to attack only hours before the armistice was to go into effect, the idea apparently being to secure as much ground as possible before peace broke out. As a result, more died on November 11, 1918, than on D-Day a quarter-century later. Persico reconstructs these closing-hour events with grim irony, making them of a piece with dozens of instances of previous folly. And though hefocuses closely on the final moments of the war, he ably encapsulates the whole conflict in a highly readable narrative. First-rate, and evocative of why the war to end all wars was anything but.
~~~ Hardcover OUT OF PRINT


Lowry, Bulitt, ARMISTICE 1918. . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1997). Photographs, maps, notes, bibiography, index, 262 pp.

~~~ From Publishers Weekly: Beginning on October 3, 1918, with Germany's initial armistice inquiry to President Woodrow Wilson, Lowry's exhaustive study follows the murky negotiations based on Wilson's Fourteen Points that led to the Compiegne Armistice signing on November 11, 1918. This is dense history, but Lowry, who teaches history at the University of North Texas, makes much of his account of the backbiting, threats, jealousy and ignorance, that arose from both national and personal interests read like a novel. The Supreme War Council, whose key members included Georges Clemenceau, Lloyd George, Marshall Ferdinand Foch and President Wilson, was wary not only of the Germans' intentions (they seemed "prepared to admit lack of success in the war, but not defeat" as Lowry puts it) but also of one another-as each country differed in its goals (i.e., total vs. partial disarmament, freedom of the seas, evacuation and reparations, leniency vs. vengeance). While this isn't the first study of its kind, Lowry's is definitive rather than derivative, with over 600 footnotes, an index and selective bibliography. Though the book is occasionally weighed down by its own density, Armistice 1918 will be invaluable to scholars and historians while others will revel in its trenchant insight into the minds and machinations of men and the inevitable consequences.


Arthur, Max, FORGOTTEN VOICES OF THE GREAT WAR: A History of World War I in the Words of the Men and Women Who Were There . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2004). Originally published by the Imperial War Museum, 2002. With an introduction by Sir Martin Gilbert. Photographs, index, 326 pages.
~~~ Forgotten Voices Of The Great War is a touching, searing, and above all mesmerizing account of World War I, told in the voices of those who endured the tedium, heat, cold, pain, fear, and loss of the world's most brutal trench warfare to date. ~~~ In 1972 the British Imperial War Museum set about the momentous task of tracing ordinary veterans of the First World War and interviewing them in detail about their experiences. The Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, which includes recorded firsthand accounts of the experiences of American, British, Canadian, French, and German soldiers, as well as soldiers from the British Commonwealth, has since grown to be the most important collection of its kind in the world. The archive's recordings provide a vivid and compelling account of day-to-day life during one of the most harrowing periods of modern times. ~~~ These recordings, many of which have remained unheard for decades, contain the forgotten voices of a generation no longer with us. Only a small fraction of the material has been used by historians. Now, thirty years later, after hundreds of hours in the archive and unlimited access to the complete WWI audiotapes, acclaimed author Max Arthur and his team of researchers have created this remarkable landmark history of the Great War-told in the words of the ordinary men and women who experienced it in the raw.


~ SOLD ~ Bodart, Gaston and Vernon Lyman Kellogg. LOSSES OF LIFE IN MODERN WARS and MILITARY SELECTION & RACE DETERIORATION. Oxford, at the Clarendon Press, England, 1916. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace., VG. Some slight wear to corners but overall a clean, tight copy. Small owner's stamp on front end page and half-title page. Book otherwise unmarked. Blue cloth covers with stamped borders, unfaded gilt lettering on spine with Oxford imprint. 6.5x10 . Many uncut pages. LOSSES OF LIFE IN MODERN WARS: AUSTRIA-HUNGARY & FRANCE is by Gaston Bodart, LL.D. MILITARY SELECTION AND RACE DETERIORATION is by Vernon Lyman Kellogg. Numerous tables, index, appendix, 213 pp. A handsome volume.


Clark, John Maurice, COSTS OF THE WORLD WAR TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. . NEW copy, hardcover, issued without dust jacket. (Scholar;s Bookshelf, 1970) . Reprints of Economic Classics Series. Originally published in 1931. 316 pp.
~~~ John Maurice Clark provided what is still the most detailed and thoughtful estimate of the cost of the war; a total amount of about $32 billion. Clark tried to estimate what an economist would call the resource cost of the war. For that reason he included actual federal government spending on the Army and Navy, the amount of foreign obligations, and the difference between what government employees could earn in the private sector and what they actually earned. He excluded interest on the national debt and part of the subsidies paid to the Railroad Administration because he thought they were transfers. His estimate of $32 billion amounted to about 46 percent of GNP in 1918.
~~~ Currently in print at $45.


Durham, Weldon B., LIBERTY THEATRES OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY, 1917-1919. . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2006). Photographs, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, 227 pp.
~~~ The winter of 1917–18 found the United States in a general upheaval. A large percentage of the world’s population was at war and the United States itself was fully occupied with an unprecedented mass mobilization of its military forces, which were rushing headlong into an era of modern warfare. It was in this setting that the Liberty Theatres were opened. Created by the War Department’s Commission on Training Camp Activities, these theatres aimed to produce “morally uplifting” plays and movies as a form of entertainment for thousands of troops—ideally proving more effective than policing the camps. In actuality, however, Liberty Theatres became little more than public relations ploys. Ultimately, although the theatres endeavored to provide a constructive form of recreation and diversion, they — and CTCA — fell far short of what had been promised. ~~~ Compiled from a variety of government documents, camp newspapers and entertainment trade journals, this volume provides an in-depth look at the 42 Liberty Theatres created by the War Department during 1918 and 1919. It discusses the way in which these theatres were designed and run as well as the relationship between CTCA’s somewhat idealistic leaders and the theatrical professionals who handled this day-to-day operation. Setting the military and the American theatre within their respective historical contexts, the book also explores the role of Liberty Theatres with regard to both entities. Appendices contain a listing of Liberty Theatre opening and closing dates; Liberty Theatre expenses; gross receipts and estimates of attendance; and the average weekly receipts of Liberty Theatres.


Ebbert, Jean & Marie-Beth Hall, THE FIRST, THE FEW, THE FORGOTTEN: Navy and Marine Corps Women in World War I. . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2002). 189 pp.
~~~ Currently in print at $29.95.


Hayward, James, MYTHS & LEGENDS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (UK: Sutton Publishing Limited, 2002) Photographs, prints, cartoons, notes, bibliography, index, 202 pages.
~~~ During the First World War, a rich crop of legends sprouted from the battlefields and grew with such ferocity that many still manage to excite controversy today. This book is the first of its kind to examine the roots of those stories, look at the reasons behind their creation and reveal the real truth. Myths such as the Angel of Mons and the Comrade in White were essentially innocent creations. With no radio or television and with newspapers heavily censored, rumours of mysterious happenings were rife, and the supposed appearance of mystical guardian spirits sent to help weary soldiers gave hope to those left at home in hard times. Other stories, such as the so-called Crucified Canadian, and the existence of a German corpse rendering factory, were more sinister. In an age of new and startling technologies such as poison gas, aerial and submarine warfare and the development of tanks, for many people such tales were believable. In 1914, an acute spy mania gripped the British public, who thought that the country was brimming with German spies. Xenophobia, denouncements and even attacks on Dachshunds were rampant. Amazingly, there was also talk of enemy aircraft dropping poisoned sweets in an attempt to kill British children. ~~~ Most atrocity propaganda was discredited and forgotten soon after the war, but many myths had long-lasting effects and some remain well-known. Did an entire battalion of the Norfolk Regiment vanish without trace at Gallipoli? Did thousands of Russian troops really pass through England with snow on their boots? Using a wide range of contemporary sources, James Hayward retells the story of each myth and examines the likely explanations. Supported by a selection of rare photographs and illustrations, the result is a refreshingly different perspective on the common 'mud and trenches' view of the First World War, shedding new light on many curious and unexplained legends.
~~~ Currently in print at $27.95.


Kennedy, Kathleen, DISLOYAL MOTHERS AND SCURRILOUS CITIZENS: Women and Subversion during World War I. . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1999). 192 pp.
~~~ Kennedy's unique study explores the arrests, trials, and defenses of women charged under the Wartime Emergency Laws passed soon after the U.S. entered WWI. These trials became important arenas in which women's relationships and obligations to national security were contested and defined.


Malins, Geoffrey H., HOW I FILMED THE WAR. NEW copy, hardcover issued without dustjacket. Battery Press, 1993; reprint edition. Photographs, 347 pages.
~~~ Malins was the principal official photographer on the Western Front during WW I. This autobiography covers Malin's activities at Neuve Chapelle, Ypres, Arras, St.Eloi, the Somme, Pozieries and Contelmaison. This is the story of the making of official war films and its value is enhanced by a new 40 page introduction by Dr. Nicolas Hiley, a noted authority on World War I film.


Shipman, Pat. FEMME FATALE: Love, Lies, and the Unknown Life of Mata Hari. . Trade paperback. (NY: HarperCollins). Illustrations. 450 pages.
~~ In 1917, the notorious Oriental dancer Mata Hari was arrested on the charge of espionage. Less than a year later she was tried and executed, after being charged with the deaths of at least 50,000 French soldiers. This new biography explores the life and times of the dark eyed siren to find the truth.


Skinner, Richard, THE RED DANCER: The Life and Times of Mata Hari. FICTION. Hardcover with dust jacket. In new condition except for black remainder mark on bottom edge of book. (Ecco Press, 2001). First American Edition. 263 pages.
~~ In 1895, Margaretha Zelle, a destitute young woman from The Hague, answers a personal ad placed by a Dutch army captain twice her age seeking a wife. After a speedy marriage she departs with him for a posting in Indonesia. Marred by violence, infidelity, bitter feuding, and their son's disturbing death, the marriage collapses. Returning to Europe, Margaretha travels to Paris, where, inspired by the exotic enchantment of Eastern dance, she reinvents herself as the erotic dancer Mata Hari ("Eye of the Dawn"), the likes of which the Continent has never seen. Just as the major European powers lurch toward explosive conflict, Mata Hari's reputation as a dancer and courtesan starts to attract the attention of powerful admirers from Madrid to Vienna, from Berlin to St. Petersburg. Entrapped, Mata Hari is drawn into a military intrigue that will affect the course of World War I. "
~~ From Publisher's Weekly: "The life of WWI spy Mata Hari is examined from the perspective of the historical figures who knew her in this intriguing first novel by a British journalist. Beginning in 1895, when opportunistic Margaretta (Gerda) Zelle of the Hague married Rudolph MacLeod, a captain in the Dutch army, and went with him to Indonesia, Skinner chronicles the rise of a femme fatale who eventually dined with royalty, had her portrait painted by master artists and passed herself off as an exotic dancer before engaging in a career of espionage. The novel is written in a series of linked chapters, alternately narrated by the protagonist herself, her disenchanted husband (who tells about Gerda's chronic infidelity, the death of their young son and the breakup of their marriage), one of her maids and an omniscient narrator. Ever resourceful, Gerda returns to Europe and reinvents herself as an 'Oriental dancer,' engaging in liaisons with military and public figures and finally being recruited by the German espionage service. She is killed by a French firing squad in Paris in 1917. Skinner's research is assiduous, encompassing many aspects of fin de siecle European and Asian life. He incorporates in-depth explanations of Javanese musical instruments (which Mata Hari integrated into her art) and such topics as the origins of Cubism, the process of 'dowsing' and the 1903 assassination of the king and queen of Serbia. Because Skinner chooses not to put himself inside his protagonist's head and maintains a dispassionate tone throughout, the tale is cool and distancing, but perhaps the legendary courtesan should remain an enigma.


Palmer, Svetlana and Sarah Wallis, INTIMATE VOICES FROM THE FIRST WORLD WAR. William Morrow, 2003. NEW copy, except for black remainder mark on top edge of book; hardcover with dust jacket. Maps, photographs, bibliographic essay, 381 pages.
~~~ 'How do you tell the history of a war in which more than nine million combatants and nearly seven million civilians across the world died by bullet, fire, hunger and disease? How do you describe the experience of a war that ignited two revolutions, brought down four monarchies, scarred a generation and culminated in major political and territorial changes that cast shadows to this day?" Departing from traditional histories, Intimate Voices from the First Wold War tells the story of the First World War entirely through the diaries and letters of its combatants, eyewitnesses and victims. Powerful individual stories are interwoven to form an extraordinary narrative that follows the chronology of the war, in words written on the battlefield and on leave, under occupation and under siege. Soldiers and civilians record with passion, fear and humor their experiences and intimate thoughts, never intended for publication. The book starts with the testimony of a Serbian teenager, one of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassins. Each chapter focuses on one important episode of the war told from opposite sides of the conflict. A German and a British soldier are dug into the parallel lines of trenches on the Somme. An Australian and a Turk describe brutal bayonet charges on the beaches at Gallipoli. A Polish woman endures a gruesome siege and an initially patriotic German schoolgirl, after being exposed to the loss and pain of war, gradually escapes into a world of adolescent love. The diaries and letters featured were uncovered during extensive research across twenty-eight countries for the groundbreaking television series The First World War, based on the work of Professor Hew Strachan, whose introduction starts this book. Gripping, immediate and moving, Intimate Voices from the First World War represents a major addition to First World War literature.
~~~ Table of Contents as follows: The First Shots; Setting Off to the Front; Children at War; The Siege of Przemysl; The Eastern Front; Gallipoli; A Vertical War; In the Bush; The Somme and Verdun; Empires at War; The War at Sea; In Captivity; The Brown Shirt and the Red Commissar; The Final Push; Victory and Defeat.


[Roosevelt, Theodore], Renehan, Edward J., Jr., THE LION'S PRIDE: Theodore Roosevelt & his Family in Peace & War. . Oxford University Press., 1998. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket, photographs, notes, bibliography, index, 289 pages.


Weingartner, Steven (ed), A WEEKEND WITH THE GREAT WAR: Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Great War Interconference Seminar. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. Published by the Cantigny First Division Foundation and White Mane Publishing Company, Inc. with the Great War Society and the Western Front Association. 1995, 1996. Photographs, notes, index, 296 pages.
~~~ This volume examines the crisis of 1914-18 in papers and related texts presented at a 1994 seminar jointly sponsored by the Great War Society and the Western Front Association. The contributors from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, Belgium, and Russia explore a range of topics, including the mysterious death of German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen (Philip Markham), and the even more mysterious life of British master spy Sidney Reilly (Richard B. Spence); American heroes and Canadian prisoners (Desmond Morton); German soldiers (Dennis E. Showalter); French fortifications at Verdun (Gerard J. Demaison); the doomed cause of Russian liberals (Sergey V. Listikov); the Western Front as a bizarre parody of urban life (Robert Cowley), and the war itself as a radical expression of cultural modernism (Paul Fussell). The book features excerpts from panel discussions and question-and-answer sessions in which the seminar's attendees took part. The result is a work that sheds much light on a dark but fascinating chapter in twentieth-century history.


Weintraub, Stanley, SILENT NIGHT: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce. The Free Press, 2001. Hardcover with dust jacket, in new condition except for black remainder mark on bottom edge of book. Drawings, engravings, photographs, 19-page essay on Sources, index, 206 pages.
~~~ It was one of history's most powerful - yet forgotten - Christmas stories. It took place in the improbable setting of the mud, cold rain and senseless killing of the trenches of World War I. It began when German soldiers lit candles on small Christmas trees, and British, French, Belgian and German troops serenaded each other on Christmas Eve. Soon they were gathering and burying the dead, in an age-old custom of truces. But as the power of Christmas grew among them, they broke bread, exchanged addresses and letters and expressed deep admiration for one another. When angry superiors ordered them to recommence the shooting, many men aimed harmlessly high overhead. Silent Night, by renowned military historian Stanley Weintraub, magically restores the 1914 Christmas Truce to history.


Woollacott, Angela ON HER THEIR LIVES DEPEND: Munitions Workers in the Great War. Berkeley: 1994, 1st edition, U of Ca Press. VG+ Trade Paperback; illustrations.
~~~ In this evocative book, Angela Woollacott analyzes oral histories, workers' writings, newspapers, official reports, and factory song lyrics to present an intimate view of women munitions workers in Britain during World War I. Munitions work offered working-class women—for the first time—indepence, a reliable income, even an improved standard of living. But male employers and trade unionists brought them face-to-face with their subordination as women within their own class, while experiences with middle-class women co-workers and police reminded them of their status as working class. Woollacott sees the woman munitions worker as a powerful symbol of modernity who challenged the gender order through her patriotic work and challenged class differences through her increased sping power, mobility, and changing social behavior.
~~~ Currently in print at $22.95.


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