Our summer skip month of August will mark the centenary of the beginning of World War I, but that will be the theme of the September meeting. There are many excellent histories of the war, the conditions leading to it, and the aftermath. One thing most of those books have in common is length over 500 pages, which doesn't work with our format. I've tentatively picked six books which I think provide a good range of choice:
Two memoirs covering memoirists' early lives, World War I experiences and early postwar years,
"Goodbye to all That" by Robert Graves and "Testament of Youth" by Vera Brittain
Two enduring autobiographical novels about war experiences,
"A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway and "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque
Two nonfiction books focusing on specific aspects of the war,
"The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War" by Tim Butcher and "The Zimmerman Telegram" by Barbara W.Tuchman
If you have a different suggestion, please do email me or post on the board. As always, please keep suggestions to books that you have read and recommend, or that you want to read and discuss at the meeting.