Project #48340 - History 13

For this assignment you may choose from the list of books below. Each book is connected in some way with World War I or it’s aftermath. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the war, at the end of July and early August 1914. The war lasts until November 11, 1918. Over 20 million soldiers die, with millions more wounded. The war also helped to spread the global flu pandemic that claimed millions of lives worldwide. While it is difficult when studying history to draw a direct line from one event to the other, clearly the aftermath of World War I led to the outbreak of World War II. Many historians now see these two wars, and the time between them, as one large global conflict.

If you feel you need more information on the war to help you write your book report, here are some websites that will help give you a good introduction:

Below are the books you may choose from for this assignment. You may not choose a book not on this list. Some of the books are classics while some are very new works written for the 100th anniversary. All of these books are available in the TCC libraries and, most likely, in your local public library. Take some time to look up each book and see if you are interested in what part of the war the book highlights.

  • Remarque, Erich Maria,. All Quiet on the Western Front. Boston: Little, Brown, 1975. Print.

  • MacMillan, Margaret,. Paris 1919 : Six Months That Changed the World. Random ed. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2003. Print.

  • Keegan, John,. The First World War. 1st ed. New York: Vintage, 2000. Print.

  • Clark, Christopher M. The Sleepwalkers : How Europe Went to War in 1914. 1st ed. New

    York: Harper, 2013. Print.

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  • Anderson, Scott,. Lawrence in Arabia : War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East. First ed. New York: Doubleday, 2013. Print.

  • Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim. The Guns of August. 1st ed. New York: Ballantine : Presidio, 2004. Print.

  • MacMillan, Margaret,. The War That Ended Peace : The Road to 1914. First ed. Random House, 2013. Print.

  • Fromkin, David. A Peace to End All Peace : Creating the Modern Middle East, 1914-1922. 1st ed. New York: H. Holt, 1989. Print.

  • Hochschild, Adam. To End All Wars : A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. Print.

  • Meyer, G. J.,. A World Undone : The Story of the Great War, 1914-1918. Delta ed. New York: Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2007. Print.

  • Gilbert, Martin. The First World War: A Complete History. New York: Henry Holt, 1996.

  • Hastings, Max. Catastrophe 1914 : Europe Goes to War. First ed. 2013. Print.

  • Barry, John M.,. The Great Influenza : The Epic Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in

    History. New York: Penguin, 2005. Print.

  • Crosby, Alfred W. America's Forgotten Pandemic : The Influenza of 1918. 2nd ed.

    Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge UP, 2003. Print.

  • Mayhew, E. R. Wounded : A New History of the Western Front in World War I. 2013.


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How to write your review:

Your review should have two goals: first, to inform the reader about the content of the book, and second, to provide an evaluation that gives your judgment of the book’s quality.

Your introduction should include an overview of the book and a sense of your general judgment of the book. This is the equivalent to a thesis statement.

Half of the paper should be a summary of the book. The summary should consist of a discussion and highlights of the major arguments, features, trends, concepts, themes, ideas, and characteristics of the book. While you may use direct quotes from the book (make sure you always give the page number in parentheses after the quote), such quotes should never be the bulk of the summary. Much of your grade will depend on how well you describe and explain the material IN YOUR OWN WORDS. You might want to take the major organizing themes of the book and use them to organize your own discussion. This does NOT mean, however, that I want a chapter-by-chapter summary. Your goal is a unified essay.

The answers to these questions are required to be included in your paper along with your summary. The answers should be part of a carefully constructed essay, complete with topic sentences and transitions.

  1. Identify the author’s thesis and explain it in your own words. How clearly and in what context is it stated and, subsequently, developed? To what extent and how effectively (i.e., with what kind of evidence) is this thesis proven? Use examples to amplify your responses. If arguments or perspectives were missing, why do you think this might be?

  2. What is your overall opinion of the book? On what basis has this opinion been formulated? That is, tell the reader what you think and how you arrived at this judgment. What did you expect to learn when you picked up the book? To what extent – and how effectively – were your expectations met? Did you nod in agreement

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(or off to sleep)? Did you wish you could talk back to the author? Expand upon and explain your reactions.

Structure of the Paper:

  • Must be 2 pages in length using Microsoft Word Normal Margins of 1 inch (your paper

    Can be longer but Can’t be shorter)

  • Double Spaced

  • Must be in Times New Roman Font

  • Must be in 12 pt Font

  • Must have appropriate paragraphs and structure

  • CAN NOT have more than 10 structural or grammatical errors (1 point off for each

    mistake over 10)

  • To quote from the book you MUST use quotations and put the page number of the

    quote in parentheses after the quote (1 point off for any missing page numbers) o Example: “...such and such.” (p. 25)

  • You need to have AT LEAST 3 quotes from the book (5 points off for each missing quote)

  • Any plagiarism will result in a 0 on your paper and it will NOT replace your lowest test grade 

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