A sad topic but we'll try not to make it too heavy: World War I 100 years later

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.

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  • Dagmar

    Great topic with interesting selection of books to choose from- the fiction and non-fiction.

    1 · September 10

  • Chris H.

    Sorry, Anne, I have to cancel out.....sorry for the late notice

    September 8

    • Anne

      Thanks for letting me know, Chris. Hope to see you soon!

      September 9

    • Anne

      Also, thanks for officially changing your RSVP, as I wish everyone would do when they have a change of plans.

      September 9

  • Anne

    Just a reminder to everyone: sometimes I get an email from a member who needs to withdraw from a meeting at the last minute. That is better than not giving any notice at all, but it's not that helpful, especially if an event is waitlisted! As am organizer, meetup once upon the time gave me the ability to change a member's status, but I no longer find that function among the group tools. So...if you can't come, please make say no the same way you said yes, by using the RSVP function. Thanks!

    September 9

  • Annmarie

    I read both the novels, and am about half way through Zimmerman. How is the Zimmerman audio?

    September 8

    • David P.

      Zimmerman narration is good, delivered by a very proper - sounding Englishwoman, which suits the book's sometimes chastising and sometimes ironic tone.

      1 · September 9

    • Annmarie

      She sounds perfect. Part of Tuchman's charm is her attitude in presenting the information.

      September 9

  • Marcie T.

    I read The Trigger. Not that much about WWI but interesting anyway.

    September 8

  • Kris

    Looking forward to tomorrow . I have changed my book selection to Hemingway's " Farewell to Arms ."

    September 8

  • Kris

    I will attempt to read " Testament of Youth " by Vera Brittain . Hope to have it done by the 9th !

    August 24

  • Sheree E.

    I read "All Quiet on the Western Front." Excellent book but such a sad story.

    August 5

  • David P.

    Listening 2 The zimmermann telegram

    August 4

  • Alicia C.

    this sounds wonderful
    & I love love love Café Freda
    I am all in .........now which to read ....

    August 3

  • Dagmar

    Plan to read Hemmingway's "Farewell to Arms"

    July 6

  • Anne

    Also, if the meeting fills up quickly and there are no slots left, do join the wait list because it is virtually guaranteed there will be some drop outs while you still have plenty of time to read a book.

    June 15

  • Anne

    Because this meeting is so far down the road, I didn't delay the RSVP opening. I just ask that if you say yes now, please make a note to change your response if another commitment pops up down the road!

    June 15

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