The First World War

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Bert Frandsen studies the American 1st Pursuit Group in Ha in the Ring: The Birth of the American Air Power in the Great War (Smithsonian Books, $32.95).

Hugh Strachan's The First World War (Simon and Schuster, 25 [pounds sterling]) is a riveting illustrated narrative, including rare colour photographs, of the war by this leading scholar.

Commentary from the historian Charles Messenger accompanies World War One in Colour: The Definitive Illustrated History with over 200 Remarkable Full Colour Photographs (Ebury Press, 20 [pounds sterling]). Original photographs have been converted into colour, the overall effect lends a sense of immediacy to photographs we are accustomed to viewing in black and white.

Thomas Fleming offers a critical examination of the policies taken by Woodrow Wilson during the Great War in The Illusion of Victory: Americans in World War I (The Perseus Group, 22 [pounds sterling]).

The Rape of Belgium (New York University Press, $29.95,) by Larry Zuckermann is an in-depth analysis of the atrocities committed in Belgium during the First World War.

The First War (Dorling Kindersley, 25 [pounds sterling]) by a military historian, H.R. Willmott, is an accessible and moving account of the Great War, using timeliness, maps and thematic panels to guide the reader through the events of the War.

Voices from the Great War (Random House, 8.99 [pounds sterling]) is a vivid depiction by the critically acclaimed novelist and writer Peter Vansittart of the way in which a variety of people--politicians, poets, soldiers and music-hall singers among them--experienced the First World War

Gordon Corrigan's Mud, Blood ant Poppycock: Britain and the First World War (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 20 [pounds sterling]) offers a witty and revisionist history of Britain and the Great War

John H. …