Saturday, December 24, 2011

Six notable books about World War I

Wade Davis is a scientist, anthropologist, and writer who received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany from Harvard University and has spent twenty-five years studying the plants, psychotropic drugs, and ceremonial rituals of indigenous cultures around the world. His books include The Serpent and the Rainbow, which was later released as a feature motion picture, and One River.

His latest book is Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest.

One of Davis's six favorite books about World War I, as told to The Week magazine:
The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell

If the war shattered the last vestiges of the old order, peace heralded the birth of modern times. This is the seminal book for understanding what the war implied for a "lost generation," and for the world to come.
Read about the other books on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue