1914 by Melina Druga

The story of two North American countries that found themselves embroiled in an European war

1914 by Melina Druga coming to a book retailer near you April 8

World War I, like most wars, was started by politicians and fought by ordinary men who generally had no stake in the conflict.  They fought because of patriotic fervor or a sense of adventure, and millions lost their lives as a consequence.

Between 1914 and 1918, nearly 5 million Americans and Canadians served in the war.  While today the two neighboring nations share a sense of common heritage, language, history and cooperation, in the 1910s there was a lingering sense of animosity.

In the A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WW1 journalism history series, author Melina Druga examines how newspapers reported on the war, painting a picture of the conflict as our ancestors knew it.  In each eBook in the five part series, two pivotal events are examined – one from an American perspective and one from a Canadian one – to reveal how newspapers at the time handled wartime coverage.

Part one in the series, 1914, can be found wherever books are sold starting April 15.

On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, and his wife Sophie are shot and killed by Slavic nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, Bosnia.  At first, the event is only of regional interest, but soon war clouds are enveloping Europe.

In Canada, the news is met with excitement and pride.  The nation commits 20,000 to 30,000 soldiers to Great Britain within two to three weeks, and there is a surplus of recruits.

Meanwhile, in the United States, the government is focused on isolationism and neutrality.  Capitalists and newspapers scheme about how Americans can profit from a war, and tourists refuse to change their plans.

To find a retailer, visit https://books2read.com/1914 .

Melina Druga is available virtually to discuss 1914 with your book club, history organization, bookstore or library.

About Melina Druga

Melina Druga is a multi-genre author with a lifelong love of history, books and the English language.  She pens historical fiction and nonfiction.  Druga writes about the past because although your school history classes may have been boring, the past was not.  Her era of expertise, and obsession, is 1890-1920 with a particular focus on the Great War and how it affected the lives of ordinary people.

Druga’s other interests and hobbies include listening to music, yoga, photography, astronomy, travel and healthy eating.