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Book All Quiet on the Western Front

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Erich Maria Remarque,
Ballantine (first published November 1928)
  1. NebrHogger
    "A must read relating to WW1"
    Pros - Written from the perspective of a participant. The author has an uncanny ability to describe a scene to the reader feels present.
    Cons - I can't think of one.
    This book is a must read for anyone interested in WW1 - or any military history for that matter. The author really puts the reader in a German soldier's boots.

    An example of this is his description of the company being served an extra portion of beans after nearly half of the soldiers are battle casualties. I always crave smoked ham hocks and pinto beans after reading that.

    With cornbread, of course! ;)

    A very similar book about a French soldier's traumatic participation in the war that is also a must read is "Le Feu" (under fire) by Henri Barbusse. It's available in English.
    saiga and Bombardier like this.