World War I: The Definitive Visual History

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2014 marks the centennial of the start of World War I — DK will mark the occasion with the publication of World War I: The Definitive Visual Guide, a vividly illustrated, in-depth account of the Great War.

Written by historian R. G. Grant, and created by DK's award-winning editorial and design team, World War I charts the developments of the war from a global perspective. Using illustrated timelines, detailed maps, and personal accounts, readers will see the oft-studied war in a...

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Overview

2014 marks the centennial of the start of World War I — DK will mark the occasion with the publication of World War I: The Definitive Visual Guide, a vividly illustrated, in-depth account of the Great War.

Written by historian R. G. Grant, and created by DK's award-winning editorial and design team, World War I charts the developments of the war from a global perspective. Using illustrated timelines, detailed maps, and personal accounts, readers will see the oft-studied war in a new light. Key episodes are set clearly in the wider context of the conflict, in-depth profiles look at the key generals and political leaders, and full-color photo galleries showcase the weapons, inventions, and new technologies that altered the course of history.

A vivid portrait of the confrontation on land, sea, and sky, World War I: The Definitive Visual Guide offers readers a bold and thoughtful new look at this complex and explosive moment in history.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/24/2014
Capturing the full experience of WWI is a formidable task, but this new, comprehensive account by historian Grant comes close. He presents information in an accessible manner and makes it easy to peruse a rich array of articles, detailed maps, and images. Remarkable yet little-known figures like Eugene Bullard, an African-American who became the world’s first black fighter pilot, are given their due alongside major figures like Marshal Pétain and Field Marshal von Hindenburg. The selection of images builds a remarkable portrait of the war, including an aerial camera used to observe enemy troop movements, wartime propaganda posters, a pigeon named Cher Ami awarded the Croix de Guerre for bravery, and sculptures created by Kathe Kollwitz in honor of her son slain at the first battle of Ypres. Eyewitness accounts of the 1914 Christmas Truce, and startling details like Gen. Douglas Haig’s insistence that cavalry armed with sabers had a place in modern warfare, serve as reminders of both the remarkable displays of respect and horrifying incompetence that arose during the conflict. This is a broad, moving, informative account of the war that’s perfect for both the young, budding historian and the well-versed WWI reader. Photos and illus. (May)
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"Capturing the full experience of WWI is a formidable task, but this new, comprehensive account by historian Grant comes close. He presents information in an accessible manner and makes it easy to peruse a rich array of articles, detailed maps, and images. The selection of images builds a remarkable portrait of the war. This is a broad, moving, informative account of the war that's perfect for both the young, budding historian and the well-versed WWI reader." – Publishers Weekly

"A visual wonder of important historical events, as promised in the title." – Library Journal

"This volume presents a unique and concise approach to examining the key moments of the Great War, from just prior to the declaration of war through its aftermath." – Booklist

Library Journal
04/15/2014
Heftier than many DK books, this illustration- and fact-packed encyclopedia is chronologically arranged, with seven sections of material covering from "The Troubled Continent: 1870–1914" to "Aftermath: 1919–1923." Each segment offers an opening illustrated time line that resembles a calendar page. Where multiple years are covered, the boxes represent significant months; whereas in the chapter "Stalemate: 1915," for example, several days per month are addressed. In typical DK fashion, spreads cover a subject each in lively detail. They are liberally sprinkled with paintings, maps, photos of troops, battle action, and modern-day locations where the carnage took place and with photos of period artifacts. Opening and closing sidebars outline what happened before and after the events at hand. More granular time lines and stark statistics throughout add value. VERDICT A visual wonder of important historical events, as promised in the title.—HV
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781465419385
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/21/2014
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 39,154
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

R.G. Grant is a history writer who has published some 40 books on topics ranging from the American Revolution to the Cold War. His major works include the DK bestsellers Flight: 100 Years of Aviation, Battle, Battle at Sea, and Commanders. He was also a contributor to DK's World War II: The Definitive Visual History and Civil War.

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