Saturday, March 08, 2014

Remembering the Great War

Newly Published Great War (WWI) Book Lists 
The year 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the Great War, the conflict that subsequently became more commonly known as World War I after the world fought a second global war 20-some years later. With the passing of the years, the Great War has come to be viewed in retrospect as an event that marked an important change in human history, a time when an old order of society and politics came to an end and our modern world began. As ever, important anniversaries like this are a time of reassessment, revision, and memory.

To commemorate this historic anniversary, Burbank Public Library librarians have reviewed and updated its holdings of important classic titles, in both its fiction and nonfiction collections, and have also added to the library collection many of the new books that have been published during the past year to coincide with the anniversary.

We have just published two printed bibliographies that are available at all our branches. These book lists highlight classic titles and include recent publications. They can also be viewed online on our library website ( The online versions allow us to continuously update the lists. We add to the online lists new titles that come into the collection as they are published, so that those of you who want to see the library’s holdings of new items can track them as they enter the collection and check on their availability.

Occasionally we review in depth some of the newly published books that we have ordered for the collection (these appear here on the library’s blog). For example, there have been reviews of Max Hasting’s Catastrophe 1914 , Margaret MacMillan’s The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914, and Wounded: A New History of the Western Front in World War I, by Emily Mayhew. If you would like to read these reviews, they can be found in this blog by entering the subject “Great War” in the search box.


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