Friday, October 28, 2011

Kent, Zachary. World War I.

Kent, Zachary. World War I.
Enslow 2011 128p 31.93
U.S. At War (Enslow) VG-BNS

Through photos, first hand accounts, biographies and historical information, this volume presents an accurate and useful overview of the “War to end all wars.” Beginning with the sinking of the Lusitania, the pivotal event that brought the US into World War I, this volume then presents a chronological overview of the war. The narrative portion of the text is interspersed with first hand accounts, primary source material, biographical profiles, and vintage photos, as well as artists’ renditions of trench warfare, decisive battles, etc.
The layout and information provided is accurate, and presented in such a manner that even reluctant readers will be able to use this source for research. Many of the informational segments present information that will spur readers to research the topic in more depth. The Armenian Genocide, for example, is mentioned, with photos, and briefly explained. Readers will also want to know about the three cousins at war with each other, all grandsons of Queen Victoria - Kaiser Wilhelm II, Czar Nicholas II and King George V. The heroism of Alvin York will also entice readers to explore further.

Supplemental materials include a chronology, glossary, chapter notes, bibliographical references and an index. All in all, a very well-written and useful research tool. This title is part of the United States at War series. There are 6 books in the series at this time. The theme of the book is to provide not only coverage of major personalities and battles, but civilian and military life during the major wars in US history.
A useful addition to historical and warfare collections in middle schools. The addition of primary source materials will also make this a useful research tool for high school collections. Naismith, Pat

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