Review by Choice Review
Surprisingly few dictionaries are devoted solely to WW I, and this work, by the authors of The Dictionary of the Second World War (CH, Jan'91), will be welcomed by many libraries. Entries, generally one to three paragraphs long, cover battles, personalities, military terminology, weapons systems, tactics, political issues, and slang. Longer entries of three to four pages are included for major events and individuals. Perhaps the most useful aspect of this dictionary is its exceptional coverage of non-Western Front topics. Many reference works neglect in India, Asia, and the Middle East, but the authors' coverage of these topics is impressive. Also interesting are entries on general topics such as alcohol, films, and pacifism as they relate to WW I. The work includes more than 1,200 cross-referenced entries, 25 maps, and a chronology of events. The absence of illustrations is the only disappointment. Recommended for large public libraries and academic libraries at all levels. D. Auchter; Wright State University
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Review by Library Journal Review
Pope and Wheal (The Dictionary of the Second World War, LJ 9/15/90) use facts, narrative, and analysis in over 1200 dictionary entries to cover all areas of World War I. The entries range in length from single-sentence definitions to several pages and present a comprehensive picture of the global aspect of the conflict. Their volume represents all nations. The entries are extensively cross referenced, moving the reader from a general entry, i.e., "trench warfare," to a more specific one, i.e., "breakthrough tactics," to a more specialized entry, i.e., "four-minute men." This cross referencing accounts for the big-picture view of this conflict. Cross references are noted in capital letters. All manner of weapons, tactics, and strategies are discussed here, as well as commanders from every level of organization. The chronology is useful for quick reference. Readers needing a more comprehensive work should turn to Randal Gray's two-volume Chronicle of the First World War (Facts on File, 1990, 1991). The current book is recommended for general and informed readers.-David Lee Poremba, Detroit P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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