The War to End All Wars

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The War to End All Wars: World War I
Author: Freedman, Russell
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1914-1918
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: Various
Topics: WWI
Genre: Non Fiction
Reading Age: Upper Middle Grade, Young Adult
Format: Picture Book, Chapter Book
Published: 2013

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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.

Emily's Review

Very readable overview of World War I for teens. It does a very good job of explaining a very complicated topic. I love Russell Freedman's books and his writing is top notch. While this is a book intended for young readers, he doesn't pull any punches. War is ugly and he doesn't shy away from that in his descriptions and firsthand accounts.

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