World War I: The Great War and the World it Made
by John Ramsden
Recorded Books, 2004. 7 discs. Nonfiction
This excellent series of 14 lectures introduces listeners to World War I, its history, significance, and impact. Many are familiar with the fact that the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand was the spark that ignited the war, but far fewer are familiar with how and why this actually brought about a world war. This series covers the complete history of the war detailing the major events of each year.
Most interesting to me were the lectures dealing with aspects not generally covered in history texts: details about the home front during the war, literary and artistic responses to the war, and how the war has evolved in the popular imagination ever since.