The War to End All Wars: The Story of World War I

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A brilliant, concise history of The War to End All Wars.

In the decade leading up to 1914, Europe had never known such prosperity. But the times were not good enough for the continent’s most powerful nations: Germany wanted a navy that matched England’s; Russia wanted an army as large and as disciplined as Germany’s; the Austro-Hungarian Empire wanted more respect; and England felt compelled to teach the others about civilized relations. How ...

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Overview

A brilliant, concise history of The War to End All Wars.

In the decade leading up to 1914, Europe had never known such prosperity. But the times were not good enough for the continent’s most powerful nations: Germany wanted a navy that matched England’s; Russia wanted an army as large and as disciplined as Germany’s; the Austro-Hungarian Empire wanted more respect; and England felt compelled to teach the others about civilized relations. How terrible could a war be?

In this riveting account of a tragic episode in world history, author Jack Batten takes readers through a far bloodier conflict than mankind had ever before endured. Meet the soldiers who fought the deadly battles along the Western Front. Follow the trail of flying ace Billy Bishop as he tangles in the air with the Red Baron. Learn the strategy of Britain’s Grand Fleet of warships as it heads into the biggest sea battle in history. Discover how civilians decoded virtually all the messages the Germans sent to their ships around the world.

From the Battle of the Somme, Gallipoli, Passchendale, and Vimy Ridge to the war’s final battles, The War to End All Wars evokes the heroism and suffering of men from every country, whose stories changed the face of the world forever. With maps, index, and selected bibliography.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone:
“…fast-paced, deeply researched and fresh…vividly readable… brilliantly done!”
Norma Fleck Jury

Praise for Silent in an Evil Time: The Brave War of Edith Cavell:
“Jack Batten has written an interesting and thought-provoking biography of this remarkable and courageous woman...Highly Recommended.”
CM Magazine

School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Batten opens this overview with a story of a brave Canadian boy who rushed to enlist and was killed in action. He then discusses the causes; outbreak; major land, sea, and air actions; and conclusion of the war, incorporating the stories of leaders and soldiers. An afterword discusses Hitler's rise to power and salutes the bravery and courage of the men who fought the "war to end all wars." The text is supplemented by average-quality black-and-white photos. Batten writes clearly, and he provides both objective coverage and analysis of the war and moving stories about those who fought it, focusing mainly on Canadian people and their contributions to the war effort. It does not offer the broader perspective found in Jay Winter and Blaine Baggett's The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century (Penguin, 1996) or the American viewpoint of Albert Marrin's The Yanks Are Coming: The United States in the First World War (S & S, 1986).—Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
People fighting World War I often referred to it as "The War to End All Wars." In an age unblemished by a sequence of world wars, genocidal movements, terrorism, and the mass destruction of civilians that was to mark the modern era, those contemporaries of the First World War truly believed that all their suffering had a purpose. Sadly, and to a large extent because of the horrific nature of World War One, those idealistic perspectives would remain tarnished. In this illustrated history of that terrible conflict, Jack Batten offers his readers a concise summary of the major events of World War I. With a particular focus on the contributions of North American soldiers, The War to End All Wars approaches its massive subject with both a macro and micro perspective. The stories of great battles are told but so too are those of individual soldiers, sailors, and airmen. In this way the First World War emerges as a tale encompassing not only sweeping destruction but also the lives of individual human beings all too often snuffed out at an early age. This approach makes The War to End All Wars a fine introduction to the vast and complex story that was the First World War. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
VOYA - Laura Woodruff
In spring of 1914, Bosnian Serb Princip, assassin of Austro-Hungarian leader Archduke Ferdinand and his wife, Duchess Sophie, was having lunch when he noticed the archduke's motorcade passing by the window. Rushing out, Princip shot both at close range, marking the first event of World War I. This accident of fate was the spark that set in motion a complex machine of alliances borne of national jealousies, fears, and German hubris. Slow to begin, the war eventually cost the lives of more than six million young men, altered the map of Europe, and set the stage for World War II. This beautiful Canadian publication begins with a quote from "Anthem for Doomed Youth." The book contains many photos of important figures and war scenes and is not strictly chronological, as each chapter discusses a critical event, campaign, or personality, making it an easy read. The afterword introduces Hitler and is followed by a selected bibliography, however, maps and a time line are lacking. Although not all-inclusive, it is a fine introduction, especially for a young reader. Reviewer: Laura Woodruff
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887768798
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Pages: 154
  • Age range: 11 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Batten was a lawyer but has become a well-known author, journalist, reviewer, and radio personality. He has written over thirty books, including biographies, crime novels, and books about sports. He has written for magazines as varied as Chatelaine and Rolling Stone. His book The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone: The Story of Tom Longboat received Canada’s most important prize for children’s nonfiction, the Norma Fleck Award. Jack Batten lives in Toronto.
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