War Through the Generations is a reading challenge site I created in late 2008 with the help of Serena from Savvy Verse & Wit. We’ve always been interested in the impact of war on individuals and the larger society, and every year we host a war-themed reading challenge. Past challenges focused on World War II and the Holocaust (2009), the Vietnam War (2010), the U.S. Civil War (2011), World War I (2012), and the American Revolution (2013).
In 2014, we will focus on six wars, revisiting World War I for the 100th anniversary, World War II, and Vietnam and focusing on the Gulf Wars, the French and Indian War, and the Korean War for the first time. The idea behind the new challenge is to give participants more freedom to read about different wars, reading more about the ones that interest them the most and maybe reading about others for the first time.
*For more information about the 2014 War Challenge With a Twist and to sign up using the linky, click here.
PLEASE NOTE: Our challenges run from January 1 through December 31, and signups are ongoing, so it’s never too late to join us!
We hope War Through the Generations will serve as a resource for those interested in reading about war. On the site, you’ll find recommended reading lists for World War II/Holocaust, the Vietnam War, the U.S. Civil War, WWI, and the American Revolution, listing titles that feature the wars as primary or secondary themes. There also are links to reviews for World War II, Vietnam War, U.S. Civil War, WWI, and American Revolution books written by participants and other bloggers. Although these challenges have ended, we will continue adding book titles and linking to blog reviews to provide an updated resource. We obviously have not read all of the books on the lists, so we cannot verify their accuracy; we merely hope the lists will serve as a starting point in your reading and research.
*Please note that at this time, we are not creating new recommended reading lists or book review pages for the Gulf Wars, the French and Indian War, or the Korean War. We also have decided not to spotlight every participant review in a separate post. While we enjoyed that approach, it has become too time consuming. For 2014, we are going to post a linky every two months devoted to a particular war, according to the schedule detailed in the sign-up post, and we hope that participants will link their reviews and read the others.
*If you have a suggestion for a book to be added to one of the recommended reading lists, would like a book review you’ve written to be added to one of the book review pages, or have a question about the site, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.