On June 28, 1914, Archduke Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife were killed while visiting Sarajevo, a newly acquired territory of his family's empire. "The assassination triggered a diplomatic crisis," reads the text-as well as a world war. Russell Freedman's account was inspired by the 2007 Broadway revival of R.C. Sheriff's Journey's End. "The play reminded me that World War I was my father's war," says Freeman. "As a 16-year-old private...he was shot and gassed in France and spent months recovering at Walter Reed Army Hospital. My father was proud of his service to America…but like so many wars, this one was unnecessary and futile. It was said at the time that if the war could just once be described in honest and accurate language, people everywhere would demand that the fighting be stopped." The veteran historian uses first-person accounts left by men in the trenches to present an accurate portrait in The War to End All Wars.

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The War to End All Wars: World War I

Russell Freedman

Clarion / May / 9780547026862 / $22.00 / ages 12 & up