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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 10 up.
The First World War claimed over ten million lives and left a scar upon both the psyche of its participants and the landscape where it was fought. For four bloody years the armies of Europe, and eventually the United States, fought in a mole-like atmosphere that was labeled trench warfare. For days, weeks, and months on end soldiers were surrounded by the filth and decay of their trench homes. In the end, a punitive peace set the stage for burning resentment on the part of the defeated nations, and in particular Germany. That resentment burst free during the Great Depression first with the rise of brutal dictatorships and then World War II. In World War I Stewart Ross takes his readers through the events that led up to, encompassed, and followed this terrible conflict. This book is part of the "Timelines" series and as such presents a chronological approach to the subject at hand. In many sections of the book, textbox insertions are used to provide first person accounts of the events described in the text. Numerous photos, maps, and period illustrations are also incorporated into the text to enhance the reader's understanding. This approach results in a gripping account of "The War to End all Wars," as that horrific conflict was once labeled. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck