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The War to End All Wars
ISBN: 9780544021716
Author: Freedman, Russell
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: April 2013
Retail: $10.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: An introduction to World War I explains its relevance as a conflict that involved many nations and casualties while introducing modern weaponry and military strategies that have shaped all subsequent wars.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Nonfiction | History - Military & Wars
- Young Adult Nonfiction | People & Places - Europe
Dewey: 940.300
Lexile Measure: 1220
BISAC category:
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 9.50" L x 0.50" W
Lexile Level: 1220
Bargain Category: Reference, Non-Fiction, Middle School, History, High School
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 138155
Reading Level: 9.1   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 6.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q50192
Reading Level: 12.6   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 10.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Freedman, Russell: - RUSSELL FREEDMAN received the Newbery Medal for Lincoln: A Photobiography. He is also the recipient of three Newbery Honors, a National Humanities Medal, the Sibert Medal, the Orbis Pictus Award, 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 and travels widely to research his books.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
With an abundance of historical photographs and a characteristically lucid, well-organized text, Freedman documents the history of the First World War: from its tangled beginnings, through years of stalemate, to the collapse of empires and uneasy peace, and ending with a brief description of the rise of Hitler. Freedman's narrative, dedicated to his WWI veteran father, is dramatic and often heart-wrenching. Bib., ind. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #4)
With an abundance of historical photographs and a characteristically lucid, well-organized text, Freedman documents the history of the First World War: from its tangled beginnings, through years of stalemate in the trenches between 1914 and 1918, to the collapse of empires and an uneasy peace. Freedman dedicates his book to his father, who served in France in 1918; indeed, a picture of that sixteen-year-old soldier is a moving reminder of the youth of the sixty-five million who fought. This was the first war to use modern weaponry-"the bloodiest conflict the world had ever seen"; by war's end, some twenty million people had died. Freedman begins, chronologically, with the assassination in Sarajevo; then describes how the war was fought, in the trenches and "over the top"; and picks up the pace to highlight battles at Verdun, the Somme, and at sea. His 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. Discussing American participation, he describes the contributions of both women and African Americans. Chapter notes provide the sources for quoted material, and a bibliographic essay is appended. Index not seen. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 July #1)

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. 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. Haunting b&w photos and poignant quotations from both Central and Allied combatants do not gloss over atrocities ("dozens of men with serious wounds must have crawled for safety into new shell holes, and now the water was rising about them, and... they were slowly drowning"). This remarkable pictorial overview of WWI, its causes, major battles, and legacies (namely WWII and the repartitioning of Europe and the Middle East) concludes with chapter notes, bibliography, and index. 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!" Ages 12–up. (Aug.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 June)

Gr 7 Up—In August 1914, European countries "armed to the teeth" and bursting with exuberant nationalism entered what they believed would be a short, glorious affair. What emerged on battlefields such as the Somme, Verdun, and Gallipoli were nightmarish scenes played out on desolate barbed-wire "no man's lands" of machine-gun fire and poison gas. From the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 to the controversial Treaty of Versailles in 1918, Freedman lucidly recounts the origins, meaning, and legacy of history's first "total" war that spanned the globe and was characterized by the horrors and brutality of trench warfare. In synthesizing larger scholarly works, the author's excellent narrative skillfully encompasses all facets of the conflict including battles, leaders, and the new technologies that made it so destructive. Freedman also provides a keen analysis of the ramifications of the war, including an end to a century of American isolation, the Russian Revolution, and the troubled legacy of defeat that provided a foundation for the rise of Fascism and Nazi Germany. Elegantly written and filled with vivid, powerful photographs, this masterful work demands a spot in every collection.—Brian Odom, Pelham Public Library, AL

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