A History of the First World War in 100 Objects

Standalone title (written in association with the Imperial War Museum)

A History of the First World War in 100 Objects narrates the causes, progress and outcome of the World War I by telling the stories behind 100 items of material evidence of that cataclysmic and shattering conflict.

From weapons that created carnage to affectionate letters home and from unexpected items of trench decoration to the paintings of official war artists, the objects are as extraordinary in their diversity and story-telling power as they are devastating in their poignancy.

Each object is depicted on a full page and is the subject of a short chapter that ‘fans out’ from the item itself to describe the context, the people and the events associated with it.

A History of the First World War in 100 Objects is a unique commemoration of ‘the war to end all wars’.

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Book reviews

‘Distinctive and original’ Imperial War Museum

Reader reviews

‘A great book, packed with photos, that lays out WWI by using 100 objects that were crucial or effective in the conduct and conclusion of the war. Highly recommended for the beginner or pro military historian.’

‘This is a terrific book. The writing is engaging and clear. Somehow the author manages to evoke the personal aspects of these cataclysmic events while painting a clear picture of the overall strategic events and issues.’