Reading List: The Great War

100-year anniversary

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the First World War ended. At 5 a.m. that morning, Germany, bereft of manpower and supplies and faced with imminent invasion, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside Compiégne, France. The First World War -- often called the Great War or the war to end all wars -- left nine million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded. Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France, and Great Britain each lost nearly a million or more lives. In addition, at least five million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure.

In observance of the 100-year anniversary of the end of the Great War on November 11, we've assembled a reading list for you:

For kids:

World War I by the Numbers: Describes aspects of World War I using numbers, stats, and infographics.

The Button War: Boys in a Polish village occupied during World War I find a way to ward off oppression.

Stubby the War Dog: An American soldier adopts a stray dog that accompanies him overseas to the war.

World War I: Pictures, facts, puzzles and more teach kids the history of the Great War.

For Adults:

March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution: A historical account of the pivotal month in America and Russia.

The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A true story of love, spies, and the unlikely heroine who outwitted America's enemies.

The Radium Girls: Young women who painted radium faces on clocks during the war became celebrated, then fell ill due to the toxic substance.

Last Christmas in Paris: A novel featuring letters between a soldier and his best friend's sister on the homefront.

The Escape Artists: A band of daredevil pilots and the greatest prison break of the Great War.

Fall of Poppies: An anthology of short stories about World War I from historical fiction writers.

War & Turpentine: The life story of a World War I veteran, as pieced together by his grandson from his personal notebooks.

Mad Enchantment: An in-depth look at how Claude Monet painted his water lily masterpieces against the backdrop of the Great War.

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