10 Great World War I History Books

The lessons kids are taught in school vary from generation to generation, and even state to state, but the one fact everyone can tell you is that WWI started with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. It’s the first thing teachers discuss when they start talking about the Great War. And since we’re talking about it, why is it called the Great War, anyway?

As an avid reader of military history, I enjoy reading about all of the world’s battles, including World War I history books. But one thing has always puzzled me: Why aren’t there more books about World War I? It seems like for every book about the Great War, there are fifty 50 about WWII or the Civil War. I haven’t been able to find a definitive answer, so it must be a case of quality over quantity. So for history fans, or people who want to learn more about the world’s battles, here are 10 of the best books on World War I. They cover several important aspects of the war, and will even help you learn why it’s called the Great War.



Liberty Hardy is a Book Riot senior contributing editor and velocireader in the great state of Maine, where she reads 500-600 books a year and lives with her three cats, who hate to read.