World War I was the most destructive war that had ever been waged. Millions of men died in brutal fighting in trenches that were often only a few hundred years apart. The victorious Allies imposed very harsh terms on the defeated Germans that led directly to the rise of Adolf Hitler and the outbreak of the even more destructive World War II just twenty years later.

  • Publisher: Mitchell Lane
  • Series: Monumental Milestones
  • Year Published: 2006
  • Age Level: 8-13
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Considering the complexity of the topic, this title does a remarkable job of presenting brief, understandable discussions. (School Library Journal)

Beginning with the political and geographical atmosphere of early 20th century Europe, Whiting takes his readers through the key events leading to the outbreak of war before detailing the experiences and contributions of politicians and soldiers alike. This book does an excellent job conveying both the political aspects of this devastating war as well as depicting the horrors and bloodshed of trench warfare. The sentence structure is concise and easy to read. I would enthusiastically recommend this book for older children who enjoy learning about United States and/or world history and who are emotionally ready to approach the serious topics of war and global politics. (Lane Education Service)