World War I: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today


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The explosion of the battleship Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898 was the beginning of a chain reaction that eventually led to the destruction of the World Trade center and still continues today.

In his two-part World War series, author Richard J. Maybury explains that an unbroken line leads directly from the Spanish-Vietnam War, the Iraq-Kuwait War, and the “War on Terror” that began September 11, 2001.

Mr. Maybury explains the other side of the story, the side you are not likely to get anywhere else.  In World War I: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today, which focuses on the years 1870 – 1935, Mr. Maybury presents an idea-based explanation of the First World War, the ideas and events that led to World War I, events during the war, and how they led to World War II. Mr. Maybury also explains how these ideas and events are today the reasons why the U.S. Government gets into so many wars in far corners of the globe.  Also includes the ten deadly ideas that lead to war.

Using the epistolary style of writing (using letters to tell a story), Mr. Maybury plays the part of an economist (Uncle Eric) writing a series of letters to his niece or nephew (Chris). Using stories and examples, Mr. Maybury gives interesting and clear explanations of topics that are generally thought to be too difficult for anyone but experts.

Mr. Maybury warns, “beware of anyone who tells you a topic is above you or better left to experts. Many people are twice as smart as they think they are, but they’ve been intimidated into believing some topics are above them. You can understand almost anything if it is explained well.”

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Middle School, High School, Adult


History and Civics


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