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Scott Roberts
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Any good book recommendations to go along with the game Paths of Glory? Looking for something to cover WWI, especially with something that hits the card events. Thanks
 
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A book by designer: http://shop.strategyandtacticspress.com/SearchResults.asp?Ca... My history of WWI: Crowns in the Gutter, available through Decision Games!
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The Guns of August is a great start - an all time classic by Barbara Tuchman. It only covers the opening few months of the war but what an amazing ride it is.

I also really like The First World War by John Keegan. It is a good overview of the whole war.

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A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918 by G.J. Meyer.

Chapters on the history of the war alternate with chapters on historical context. My wife, who has trouble following descriptions and maneuvers of battles, just read the context chapters and enjoyed the book very much that way. Very well done.
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Those recommendations sound great - thanks guys!
 
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My current favourite is:

The First World War: a New History, by Hew Strachan.

It tackles head on some of the long-standing 'received wisdom' about this complicated war.

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How is Racier's book, Crowns in the Gutter? I don't see any reviews on Amazon or anything.
 
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Castles of Steel, by Robert Massie. Well written. Deals with the naval war.

The Great War in Africa: 1914 - 1918, by Byron Farwell. Well written.

Illustrated encyclopedia of World War I editor-in-chief, Peter Young ; editorial board, A.J. Barker ... [et. al.] ; revision editor, Mark Dartford.

(look for the encyclopedias in a public library system, not sure if they can be bought or not - this set of encyclopedias has great articles on many topics)

Just go to http://onmilitarymatters.com/pages/ online bookstore and look at the World War One offerings. Buy several. That should keep a person busy reading for several months or years. On Military Matters is probably the best military bookstore for English language books in the world.
 
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For the Near East theater of the war, I recommend "A Peace to End All Peace" by David Fromkin. This book is more about the intrigues (and some really stupid diplomatic moves by Western countries) than the fighting, but it will sure answer all your questions about why the Middle East is so thoroughly hosed today.

http://www.amazon.com/Peace-End-All-Ottoman-Creation/dp/0805...
 
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John Keegan's the First World War is good. I'd also recommend the game Pursuit of Glory as well if you like this time period.
 
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From one of my older posts:

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My first interest about WWI was ignited by reading the excellent first-hand accounts 'In Stahlgewittern' by Ernst Jünger and 'Im Westen nichts Neues' by Erich Maria Remarque in German (I prefer Jünger's book). Barbara Tuchman's Pulitzer Prize-winning 'The Guns of August' provides a highly approachable and enjoyable account of the first month of mobile warfare on the Western and Eastern front (I would definitely recommed her book as a 'first read' on this topic). I just recently finished '1914-1918: The History of the First World War' by the British historian David Stevenson (published in the US as 'Cataclysm: The First World War as Political Tragedy'). This almost 800 page book provides a complete overview of the whole conflict from military, strategic (war aims), technological and social aspects. Currently, I am reading the highy enjoyable and thrilling 'Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany and the Winning of the Great War at Sea' by Robert K. Massie. This book focusses on the naval warfare during the Great War and is written as a very gripping and approachable narrative. Also, as I have always loved maps of any kind and shape, the lecture of all of these books is always accompanied by at least the 'West Point Atlas for the Great War' by Thomas E. Greiss and 'A Military Atlas of the First World War' by Arthur Banks.
 
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