NPR American Chronicles: World War I

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: NPR

Narrated By: Rachel Rain Martin

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: April 2014

Duration: 3 hours 26 minutes


Famously referred to by US president Woodrow Wilson as “the war to end all wars,” the first world war eclipsed all previous wars with its scale of destruction. With over twenty-seven nations involved, the battle-field horrors and political outcomes of the first truly global military conflict had repercussions that are still felt today.

NPR presents a vivid portrait of what most experts consider the first modern war, including profiles of America’s flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker, unlikely savior of war-torn Belgium Herbert Hoover, and the last surviving doughboy Frank Buckles.


Introduction by Rachel Martin
Washington’s World War I Memorial
Stumbling Into World War I, Like Sleepwalkers
1913 Leads a Tour of the World a Century Ago
A Race Against Time to Find WWI’s Last Doughboys
The Human Toll of the War To End All Wars
National World War I Museum
Frank Buckles: Last U.S. Veteran of World War I
Belgian Exhibit Honors Hoover’s WWI Effort
Christmas Truce
Battle of the River Aisne
WWI Poetry: The Words of War
Ground War: Winston Rochet
Last Post: Final Thoughts from Britain’s WWI Vets
Diary Provides Black Soldier’s View of WWI
Battle of the Somme
France Pays Tribute to Early U.S. Fighter Pilots
Thomas Sopwith, Plane Designer
“Fast Eddie” Rickenbacker
Robert K. Massie’s Castles of Steel
Veterans Day Journey Ends Near WWI Trenches
New Clues in Lusitania’s Sinking
Germany’s Last WWI Debt
Artists’ Masks Hid Wounds of WWI Soldiers
WWI Munitions Still Live Beneath Western Front
11th Month, 11th Day, 11th Hour
The Middle East and the West: WWI and Beyond
The Bonus Army: How a Protest Led to the GI Bill
The Savage Peace of 1919, Relevant Today
Pete Seeger on His Uncle, Alan Seeger


NPR American Chronicles: World War I

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