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"In his signature lucid style, Freedman offers a photo-essay that examines World War I. . .An important addition to history curriculum."--Booklist, starred review

"Elegantly written and filled with vivid, powerful photographs, this masterful work demands a spot in every collection."--School Library Journal, starred review

"Freedman once again demonstrates his incomparable mastery of presenting complex, sweeping historical subjects in an engaging, dynamic narrative."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"[Freedman's] dramatic, often heart-wrenching narrative ends with a brief description of the rise of Hitler, leading to the reopening of hostilities in 1939. Although his focus is the war in Europe, and the book is unusually evenhanded in assessing the faults and virtues of the combatant countries, Freedman touches on fighting elsewhere in the world."--Horn Book, starred review

"It was the war that world leaders didn't want to fight, and the war that didn't quite end, and here Freedman narrates its story with a steady eye on the wasteful atrocity that ushered in modern warfare. . . . Freedman's timely organization of chronological events and topical issues is masterful, and the allegretto pacing of his narration seems deceptively effortless."--The Bulletin, starred review

"This gritty, well-sourced account of WWI offers a compelling and often horrific look at the conflict. Freedman (Washington at Valley Forge) hooks readers with his fluid style and a detail-rich story of Archduke Ferdinand's assassination and the political powder keg that existed at the time in Europe...Readers' conclusions will likely mirror that of a French soldier writing in his diary just before he was killed: "Humanity is mad!... What scenes of horror and carnage!"--Publishers Weekly, starred review 

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Nonfiction master Russell Freedman illuminates for young readers the complex and rarely discussed subject of World War I. The tangled relationships and alliances of many nations, the introduction of modern weaponry, and top-level military decisions that resulted in thousands upon thousands of casualties all contributed to the "great war," which people hoped and believed would be the only conflict of its kind. In this clear and authoritative account, the Newbery Medal-winning author shows the ways in which the seeds of a second world war were sown in the first. Numerous archival photographs give the often disturbing subject matter a moving visual counterpart. Includes source notes, a bibliography, and an index.

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Excellent overview of World War I 14 avril 2010
Par Sam Archer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book provides an excellent overview of World War I.

1. Book is very easy to read.
2. Excellent photographs.
3. Makes reading about WWI interesting by doing more than just listing facts, but actually making it read like a story.
4. Succinct and neutral interpretation of the facts.

if I had to say anything, I'd just want a few more pictures.


this book is perfect for anyone who wants to learn about World War I without having to buy one of those giant textbooks or those huge picturebooks.
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Immensely Readable, Wonderful Coverage - The Perfect Primer of the Great War. 16 avril 2010
Par Bryan Newman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a surprisingly concise, readable, and enlightening book. My wife is a middle school history teacher and has been looking for a resource like this her whole career. It is perfect for her students, not too dense to get bogged down, but amazingly educational. Now if the authors would take on every other big event in American history.

Most of us see World War I through the eyes of text book writers who condense the war into a few pages full of sound bites like the war started after Ferdinand is assassinated, the British and French suffered extreme casualties before the US entered the war, and US entered the war after the Lusitania is sunk. This book elegantly explains the web of alliances that drug what should have been a minor confrontation between Serbia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire into a world war. Likewise the book is balanced in showing the years of horrific fighting the English, French and Germans experienced before the US even entered the war. In fact the US involvement in the war only takes up about the last 10% of the book rather than the way textbooks make our sacrifices seem equal.

But the best thing about this book is how wonderfully written it is. It is a quick read that pulls you along. It does not bog down in statistics or names but rather keeps history alive by using a lot of first person reports and quotes while doing a great job of covering all aspects of the war. The analysis is fair and with no apparent bias (other than maybe pointing out that war, and especially this one, is horrific.) It tells the whole story, even leading into World War II and how basically it was an extension of the first world war.

I got an advanced reviewer copy so I am not sure how the quality of the final product will be, but the illustrations are great. It is definitely a book to pick up for anyone looking for a better understanding of the war. I really hope they continue this into a series for other wars and historic topics.
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World War I for Readers Young and Old 31 mars 2010
Par Scott T. Rivers - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Newbery Medal winner Russell Freedman offers a concise, humanistic overview of the Great War. Freedman's thoughtful text is augmented by stark photographs (particularly the depiction of trench life), an accessible layout and wide-ranging bibliography. Though intended for children, adult readers will find "The War to End All Wars" equally compelling.
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outstanding recap of World War I for young people 6 septembre 2010
Par M. Tanenbaum - Publié sur Amazon.com
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We all know what World War II was about--even school kids still hear about Hitler, Hiroshima, and Anne Frank--but World War I doesn't have the huge place in popular culture these days that World War II occupies. Yes, we might remember that the war started with the assassination of an Austrian archduke, but what was it all really about?

In the opening chapter, Freedman lays out the critical events of June 28, 1914--the date the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the imperial throne of Austria-Hungary, and his wife, Sophie, were assassinated by a member of a Serbian terrorist group. Austria wanted to punish Serbia for this crime, and declared war on its neighbor. But in a series of events that "appeared to defy logic and common sense," before long, all of Europe is caught up in a war that, as Freedman explains succinctly, "few had expected and almost no one wanted...historians continue to debate the tangled and confusing causes of the conflict, the series of accidents, blunders, and misunderstandings that swept the nations of Europe toward war...whether war might have been avoided." Troops were quickly mobilized, and six million troops were soon on the move in Europe. Each country initially believed that troops would be home by Christmas, and Freedman documents the outbreak of national patriotism that erupted in all the combattant nations. Young men of all European countries ran to volunteer, and we see poignant photographs of fresh-faced young soldiers smiling as they leave for war. But the battles that ensued in August of 1914 brought a new kind of horror to warfare, leading to more than 100,000 deaths and several hundred thousand injured in just that brief period. But no one could have forseen that the war would drag on for four long years, fought in trenches on a Western front that would change little over the rest of the war and spreading to other countries throughout the world.

Besides talking about the war chronologically, Freedman discusses different themes, including the changing technology of warfare, life in the trenches, in-depth discussions of particularly important battles, a discussion of the war at sea, America's role in the war, and the aftermath of the conflict. Freedman enriches his narrative with plenty of moving first-hand descriptions from soldiers who fought in the war; these eye-witnesses hoped that by describing the horrors of war in all their terrible details they would help it from happening again. The abundant archival photographs and maps are critical to the emotional impact of this book (this title is available on audiobook, but without the photographs the listener would miss so much of the impact of this volume that I can't imagine choosing to experience this particular book that way). We see soldiers, both dead and alive, photographed in their trenches, wearing gas masks, washing their feet to help prevent infection, and burying their comrades, as well as photos of world leaders, civilians, and scenes of the devestated landscape.

Freedman emphasizes at the end of the book that it is impossible for us to really understand the massive human cost of this war; 65 million men fought in the conflict, with more than half becoming casualties (either killed, wounded, missing, or taken prisoner), not to mention the 10 million civilians estimated to have died of war-related famine or disease. What's more, entire towns were destroyed, farmland burned, and the European economy left in ruins.

The bitter irony of Freedman's title, The War to End all Wars, will not be lost on any of his readers, since despite the fervent hopes of those who fought in The Great War, another enormous conflict erupted less than a generation later. Russell ends his narrative with an ominous full-bleed, two-page photograph of Nazi soldiers in tanks waiting for the order to invade Poland, just 20 years after the Treaty of Versailles.

This outstanding book is clearly a must-have for all school and public libraries, and is likely to figure prominently during "award season." While this book could be used for school reports, it makes a riveting read for anyone interested in history. An interesting footnote: this book is dedicated to Freedman's father, who fought in France in WWI as a teenager.
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A Great Synopsis Of A Somewhat Forgotten Topic 2 avril 2010
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Russell Freedman's book "The War To End All Wars: World War I" is actually a very concise overview of the First World War, considering it's targeted to 7th-10th graders (back of the book states that the target age is 12 and up, which I think is maybe 6th grade?). Although the book obviously has to skim the surface of some of the subject matter, such as the reasons behind the start of the war and the politics of the combatants throughout the war years, I was actually somewhat surprised how clear of an overall picture the author was able to give while also going into quite some depth in select subject areas (such as the horrors of trench warfare, the individual battles for Verdun and the Somme campaigns, and the technological advances that made WWI such a killing field). In addition, the book has a wealth of really good b/w pictures that the author often expertly uses to further points in the text. Although there are a few maps of Europe and more localized of the front, they are not shaded as to show anything in particular. Seems to me that it would helpful for at least the map of the western front to be shaded as to show where the main trench lines ran - just my opinion. Maybe that is some of the changes for the final version.

One comment I have is concerning some of the subject matter and pictures that are sometimes graphic and grotesque. The author does not attempt to hide the reality of war from the reader and nor should he. War is not a sport to be taken lightly and glorified. However, if you are buying this book for your teenager, you should make sure that he/she is aware of the nature of the book and that it won't be all happiness and light. Photos of dying soldiers and dead/decomposing bodies are sprinkled throughout the text - noteworthy is the photo that accompanies the opening paragraphs of the Battle of Verdun in which an obviously jaded German soldier mans his rifle next to and/or on top of the body of a partially buried French soldier. The text is also graphic in areas in which the author attempts to convey the horrors that these young soldiers were subject to - such as the story of a British soldier at a first aid station attempt to help a bandaged buddy get a smoke only to find that the young man's lower jaw has been blown off.

Although graphic at times, in my opinion the book DOES NOT overdo it and Mr. Freedman is very evenhanded with the history of the war. There is no glorifying of the war or playing the peacenik card - the author is very honest with the events and presents them as they happened. As an adult with no kids of appropriate age to help me read the book (my 9, 5, and 2 yr olds won't see the light of this book for years), I found the book easy to read (as an adult should) without being too simplistic, boring, or childish. In fact, I could see young adults buying this book without being embarrassed that "they are buying a kiddy book" if they are interested in a good overview of the facts of the war.
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