The War to End All Wars by Russell Freedman
World War I

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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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Russell Freedman received the Newbery Medal for LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY. He is also the recipient of three Newbery Honors, the Sibert Medal, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and was selected to give the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Mr. Freedman lives in New York City.
 
Published August 28, 2010 by Clarion Books. 192 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Arts & Photography, Travel, War, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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He lucidly explains the complicated political situation that led to war and discusses how the first use of modern weapons such as aircraft, flame throwers, long-range artillery, machine guns, poison gas and tanks used in a war fought with old-style strategies and tactics resulted in horrific carn...

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(Ages 12 and up) The futility and waste of this first modern war is movingly conveyed in “The War to End All Wars,” by Russell Freedman, a fast-paced history for young readers, dense with archival photos.

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The book recounts gruesome mass killings brought about by trench warfare and going "over the top" into the "no man's land" in between, combined with the debuting technologies of machine guns and tanks, chemical and air warfare.

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Freedman's ensuing historical narrative serves as a powerful invitation to readers young and old to ponder not only the wars of the past — including this ironically titled War to End All Wars — but also the wars of the present.European powers had been fighting one another for centuries, but as th...

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The veteran historian uses first-person accounts left by men in the trenches to present an accurate portrait in The War to End All Wars.

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