I read about war in an attempt to understand the twentieth century.

World War 1 changed the world and created the 20th century. The quality and evocation of the British poems from WW1 far exceed other war literature I have read.
Ninety years after the armistice, I have these books on the shelf. 

World War One British Poets: Brooke, Owen, Sassoon, Rosenberg and Others (1997) edited by Candace Ward
I have bought and given this small, cheap, and excellent selection from Dover Publications by the dozen.
The Great War and Modern Memory (1975) by Paul Fussell
Warrior turned critic, Fussell gave me the poets of WW1 and an ability to understand them.
Men Who March Away: Poems of the First World War (1965) edited by I M Parsons
My favorite anthology of WW1 poems.
Lads: Love Poetry of the Trenches (1989) edited by Martin Taylor
Worth having just for the introduction, but also an excellent anthology.
First World War Poems (2003) edited by Andrew Motion
The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry (1979, 1996) edited by Jon Silkin
War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon (2004) Dover Publications
Sassoon did not write the best poems of WW1, Owen did, but Sassoon survived and wrote.
The Heritage of the Great Wargreatwar.nl
A useful website I have just begun to explore.
120 War Poems edited by C Stevin and V Bergmann
This website has a nice selection of war poems from the US Civil War to the Falklands War.
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam (1988) by Neil Sheehan
Sheehan provides an understandable narrative through the complexities of the Vietnam War.
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda (2003) by Roméo Dallaire
Commander of UN forces, Dallaire explains the genocide and the impotence.
The Norton Book of Modern War (1991) edited by Paul Fussell
Fussell provides his selection of the best writing from WW1 to Vietnam.
“The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II (1984) by Studs Terkel
Turkel provides an essential resource for understanding the US during WW2 so as to understand what came after.
Norway in WW2
The experience of neutral Norway caught between the British and the Germans exemplifies what happened to so many in WW2.

Norway 1940 (1987) by François Kersaudy
Norway and the Second World War (1966, 1983) by Johns. Andenæs, O Riste, and M Skodvin

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  1. […] memorial I wrote a bibliography. Having gotten the books off the shelf, I think I’ll go buy a bottle of beer and a snack, and spend […]

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