The First World War – By Conrad Mason
The First World War, written by Conrad Mason, gives a factual account of the events that led to the first world war, those that led to the end of it, and everything in between.
In the book, the author starts by giving a background of the situation in the early 20th Century in Europe and the shifting of the balance of power that led to countries signing agreements, forming allies, and eventually going to war. The book gives a chronological account of the critical events during the war, including how, one by one, 28 counties got involved, leading to more than 21 million deaths. Some of the important landmark events, For Example,’ The Massacre of the Innocents, Persecution of the Armenians, Sinking of the Lusitania, and finally, the Treaty of Versailles, are described vividly and by the use of simple language suitable for young readers. The author has also used pictures, maps, newspaper excerpts, etc., to bring the reader as close to reality as possible.
The language and delivery make it suitable for young readers between 11-13 years of age. This book certainly makes an exciting read and is appropriate for getting introduced to the topic of the 1st world war.