I first read World War I in 100 Objects by Pete Doyle while I researching and writing my WWI trilogy. The book was a gift from my husband who felt it might be helpful for my research.
As the title indicates, Doyle examines 100 objects that tell the story of the Great War. Each object is devoted two or three pages of photographs and text. Doyle divides the book into sections, each section focusing on different types of objects. For example, one section is about trench warfare.
The first object examined in the book is the convertible Archduke Franz Ferdinand was riding on the day he was assassinated. The final object is the Menin Gate, a memorial built after the war.
World War I in 100 Objects by Peter Doyle is a dynamic social history and perfect gift for history lovers.
General readers and history buffs alike have made bestsellers of books like A History of the World in 100 Objects. In that tradition, this handsome commemorative volume gives a unique perspective on one of the most pivotal and volatile events of modern history.
In World War I in 100 Objects, military historian Peter Doyle shares a fascinating collection of items, from patriotic badges worn by British citizens to field equipment developed by the United States. Beautifully photographed, each item is accompanied by the unique story it tells about the war, its strategy, its innovations, and the people who fought it.
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If you know nothing about World War I, this book is a good starting point. It would be beneficial to introduce you to new facts and see what sparks your interest for future research.
If you’re already knowledgeable about the war, the book will be a bit of a review for you, as it was for me. You may enjoy, nonetheless, discovering which objects Doyle chose to include.
Have you read World War I in 100 Objects? What did you think of it?
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