The best books on the other fronts in WW1

John Mosier Author Of The Myth of the Great War: A New Military History of World War I
By John Mosier

Who am I?

Currently a full professor at Loyola University, he entered college at 16, studying chemistry, economics, and literature. He did graduate work in German, Russian, and Philosophy, held a double fellowship in music and literature, and wrote his dissertation on the relationship between historiography and epic poetry. In 2001, his 10th book, The Myth of the Great War was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in history.


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The Myth of the Great War: A New Military History of World War I

By John Mosier, Ltd Literary Agency East,

Book cover of The Myth of the Great War: A New Military History of World War I

What is my book about?

Based on previously unused French and German sources, this challenging and controversial new analysis of the war on the Western front from 1914 to 1918 reveals how and why the Germans won the major battles with one-half to one-third fewer casualties than the Allies, and how American troops in 1918 saved the Allies from defeat and a negotiated peace with the Germans.

The Books I Picked & Why

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Greece and the Allies 1914-1922

By G.F. Abbott,

Book cover of Greece and the Allies 1914-1922

Why this book?

 A scathing and detailed analysis of the Ango-French invasion of Greece and the military, political, and strategic debacle that ensured as they attempted to open a third front against the Central Powers. If you’ve ever wondered why this isn’t much talked about, or even mentioned, Abbott explains it.


The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front, 1915-1919

By Mark Thompson,

Book cover of The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front, 1915-1919

Why this book?

Even though Italy was one of the “victors,” its participation on the allied side was the cause of the government’s collapse, and the rise Mussolini and the fascisti, with all the calamities that followed.  This book provides a truly horrifying explanation of why that was so.


The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki Campaigning in North Russia 1918-1919

By Joel R. Moore, Harry H. Mead, Lewis E. Jahns

Book cover of The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki Campaigning in North Russia 1918-1919

Why this book?

The best account of the futile Allied attempts to keep Russia in the war.   Largely ignored, mainly because it was politically embarrassing and.  Still worse, through no fauly of the army, it was militarily unsucessful.  But the intervention left lasting scars, and consequences were fatal for the remainder of the century. 


The Army of Francis Joseph

By Gunther E. Rothenburg,

Book cover of The Army of Francis Joseph

Why this book?

Although much of the book is concerned with earlier wars, it is a necessary preface to understanding not only why the Habsburg armies were forced to fight all over Central Europe, and as the final sections of the book makes clear, why they they fought on to the bitter end.


The Eastern Front 1914-1917

By Norman Stone,

Book cover of The Eastern Front 1914-1917

Why this book?

Not only does Stone demolish the many false ideas held about this part of the war, but he provides us with insights that allow us to understand the important connections among the three fronts of the war that impacted decisions in Paris and London—and vice versa.


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