Review by Choice Review
After 70 years with no chronicle of the events of World War I, librarians have two to choose from Randal Gray's two-volume Chronicle of the First World War (CH, Jun'91; Apr'92) and this offering compiled by Gerald Herman. Herman covers the period from Sarajevo to the signing of the Versailles Treaty. He presents the chronology in three vertical columns (military, international-diplomatic, and domestic) with alphabetic subdivisions in each column. The month and year appear at the top of each page. A thorough subject/date index in the back helps the user find specific events. The notations, particularly in the international-diplomatic and domestic sections, are detailed. The problems in this volume stem from putting too much into too little space. The type is small and hard to read. The book is not so complete as the Gray volumes (which cover up to 1922). It has no detailed and informative appendixes and maps nor any bibliography. Herman's work has its merits but financially strapped libraries having to choose between it and Gray's Chronicle of the First World War should opt for the latter. Recommended only for academic libraries with World War I collections. W. F. Bell; University of North Texas
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