20 Classic and Contemporary Books About World War I

Brutally honest, unrelenting and poetic, novels can teach us about war on a deeper level than your standard textbook.

June 28 marks the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, an event considered to be the catalyst of World War I. In remembrance of the Great War, the massive online book club that isGoodReads has pooled together 20 of the most highly rated novels about the conflict.

From memoirs about the front lines to contemporary steampunk fiction, this collection is both a great recommendation list for the history fanatic in your life, and a fascinating look at how we’re keeping World War I in the public consciousness.

Take a look at the list, containing 10 classics and 10 modern stories about World War I.

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