Battles of World War I

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Children's Literature
The battles of the First World War were among the largest and most costly in human history. At places like Verdun, Passchendaele, the Somme, and Ypres literally millions of soldiers perished. The life of a soldier in World War I was so horrendous that even to this day the term "Western Front" conjures up images of mud, filth, degradation, and suffering. Thus, it is all together fitting that the veterans who returned alive from the war were described as a Lost Generation. How could any group of survivors remain the same after such a cataclysmic experience? In Battles of World War I John Hamilton traces some of the key battles that shaped the final outcome of the "Great War." In presenting this military history Hamilton does a fine job of compressing events that were massive in scale into a relative few pages. The text in this swift-paced history is lucid and augmented by the numerous illustrations. As part of a broader series aptly entitled "World War I" this book is a sound beginning point for a youngster with an interest in military history. Ultimately, the Allies were able to defeat Germany and the other Central Powers. However, as John Hamilton notes in this solid work, the First World War, like many conflicts throughout history, held within it the seeds of further suffering. Perhaps by perusing Mr. Hamilton's little book readers will grasp this reality as well as enjoy a sound historical work. 2004, ABDO & Daughters, Ages 9 to 14.
— Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-These brief books present a remarkable amount of information and provide readers with a clear understanding of complicated issues. Aircraft describes the airplane's coming-of-age during the war-from being totally discounted as a fighting machine to the Aces, who became national heroes. The second volume focuses on eight well-known battles that took place before America entered the conflict in 1917, describing the senseless slaughter that was typical of World War I. Short biographical sketches of important figures appear throughout. Events discusses the conditions and circumstances in each of the participating countries. In all three titles, the unbiased texts are illustrated with mostly black-and-white and sepia photos varying from postage-stamp size to full page. Some full-color paintings are included, and maps are used when appropriate. Although its format is more crowded and a little less inviting, Donald Sommerville's World War I (Raintree, 1999) is more in-depth and covers almost everything contained in these three volumes. Kathlyn and Martin Gay's World War I (21st Century, 1997) uses a personal-interview approach for much of its content and has less specific information about events. Hamilton's offerings make excellent introductions to the specific topics.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577659136
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Series: World War I
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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