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  • Anthony

    Veterans and Veterans Day not only should give pause but also should meaning to a signal cost of Democratic Freedoms – yes, WRM, Veterans Day needs to be about more than ceremonies, speeches, wreaths, etc. We’re referencing “life and death” and the commensurate importance such risk avails to its citizenry – an active response indeed.

  • WigWag

    Contemporary Americans know far too little about World War I. As Professor Mead notes, it was the defining event of the 20th Century; it changed the arc of history. Its ramifications haunt us down to this day.

    By far my favorite book about World War I is entitled “The Great War and Modern Memory” by the late Paul Fussell (he died about two years ago). The book is magnificent; do yourself a favor and read it. You will be glad you did.

    To get a taste of how the Great War changed Europe and to understand how the interwar years led inevitably to World War II read Rebecca West’s “Black Lamb Grey Falcon.” It describes West’s travel through the Balkans on the eve of the Second World War.

    In the book, West describes in a fascinating and lucid way the events leading up to Gavrilo Princip’s assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The book is extraordinary (warning-its 1,100 pages.) See,

    • Disappeared4x

      see also:

      From the prolific author of “Thirty-Nine Steps”, considered the first spy thriller:
      Title: A history of the Great War / by John Buchan. Author: John Buchan, 1875-1940.
      Subjects: World War, 1914-1918 ;
      Dewey: 940.3
      Publication Details: London : T. Nelson & Sons, 1921-1922.

      Language: English

      Description: Contents: I. From the outbreak to the battle of Neuve Chapelle — II. From the beginning of the Dardanelles campaign to the battle of Verdun — III. From the battle of Verdun to the third battle of Ypres — IV. From Caporetto to the armistice.

      Notes: This work in its original form appeared in 24 vols. between February 1915 and July 1919, under title: Nelson’s History of the war.

      Physical Description: 4 v. : maps (part fold.) ; 23 cm.

  • Rodney

    In my industry, commercial nuclear power, Navy veterans such as myself with nuclear power experience, are valued. My own experience in the military featured big responsibilities on young shoulders. Such experience should be viewed as an asset in the private sector. I have to admit that I am troubled by the level of unemployment and homelessness among veterans. Not only is it a poor way of thanking them for their sacrifices, it is also a serious waste of capable individuals with a wide range of leadership and problem solving experience.

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