On July 28, 2014, a hundred years before, the world entered into war. It is also known as The Great War because of its massive scale and massive destruction. Prior to this the world never new battle and war in this grand scale. It truly thrusted everyone full on into the modern 20th Century.
The author Kathryn J. Atwood gives great insight and easy to follow information on how the war began and how it continued not only to progress but affect society. When reading about any part of history it can get overwhelming but what I love about this author's approach is that she breaks it down for you.
There is a seven page introduction that gives you a foundation of understanding about The Great War that allows you to create the setting in your mind. So while you read and learn about each amazing heroine after another you can visualize her world and understand the point of view in which she is coming from.
Atwood has a wonderful capacity to help you place yourself in these women shoes and really get a deeper understanding of their motives and their sacrifices.
Here is a peak into Women Heroes of World War I:
Atwood includes wonderful quotes by the women who fought against the war and the women who fought for freedom. She also includes sections where you can learn more about the person as well as websites. I love how thorough this book is and I walked away after reading it like I finally got a good insight into The Great War.
Sometimes it is challenging to create a connection to something that happened a long time ago. When you don't know anyone personally from that time nor can you meet anyone from that time because of the amount of years between yourself and the event, you can feel sort of separated from that particular point in history.
Reading this book helped me create a connection. A connection to the women who fought along side the men, the women who walked away from comfortable lifestyles in order to work for a greater good, and the women who found the courage to the do right thing when so many (especially at the beginning of the war) were for the war and not against it. The women in this book and so many others demonstrated that ones gender does not keep one from doing great things.
If you want to read more from this fantastic author, I also reviewed her book called Women Heroes of World War II. You can find and purchase your copy of Women Heroes of World War I HERE, as well as Women Heroes of World War II, HERE.