World War I: Help me create a "must read" list of the event.
Eric Benson
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Recently I decided to read Dreadnought by Robert K. Massie, what with the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI upon us. I'm only a portion of the way through, but the alliances, counter-alliances, back room deals, and the larger than life personalities described have really sucked me in. What I've read so far has made the games of Diplomacy I've played over the years snap back into vivid memory and has also created the historical framework which would have made those games come even more alive. When I'm done with Dreadnought, I'd like to follow up with a few more books which chronicle the Great War, yet are also engaging and reasonably available. I've started the list with a couple of books with which I'm already familiar but have yet to read, but I figured the grognards here on BGG can point me in the right direction to discover some real gems.

Please assist me by adding your favorite books recording story-lines, battles, strategies, etc. which you feel may help me augment my knowledge of this era in world history. Thank you so much for your input.
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1. Board Game: The Guns of August [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:8310]
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Lying on my bed in my bedroom as a boy, which also doubled as my dad's den, I often perused the books on his bookcase. The Guns of August by Tuchman always seemed to catch my eye, but I never pulled it out and read it. I figure I'm long overdue and will either borrow my dad's copy next time I visit him, or track down a used copy if life slows down enough for me to wander through some bookstores. Am I correct in thinking this book is worthy to make my list?
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2. Board Game: All Quiet on the Western Front [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:6719]
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I vaguely remember watching the 1979 version of All Quiet on the Western Front as a teen. When I brought it up recently to my father, it was nearly akin to blasphemy, as he definitely let me know that the 1930 version was so much better. He also noted that when he was 5 or 6 years old, back around 1940, his mom read the book by Remarque to his sister and him as a bedtime tale. At the time, it was one of only a handful of books which they had in the house. He remembers sitting wide-eyed as his young mind grappled with the sobering images of war. It is high time I add it to my own reading list. Any arguments?
 
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3. Board Game: History of War [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:11423] [Average Rating:5.92 Unranked]
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History of the First World War by B. H. Liddell Hart (a larger reworked version of his earlier work The Real War).

A very good high-level military history of the entire war (the maneuvers, the operations, the offensives), though at the cost of few (or any) details of the effects of the war.
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Ring of Steel is out and appears to be a comprehensive look at the deteriorating position of Germany and AH during the war. I highly anticipate it.
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