In this 100 year anniversary of the Civil War, many articles, books and events have occured around the world to mark this most insane conflict . It was called, the "War to end all Wars"
How it began is telling and all to human. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark
For students of history and news junkies. The Balkans, Serbian irredentism, the Black Hand, and the Habsburgs' fraught involvement and Russo-French investment in the region. All that stuff we history majors (well European history ) read in upper division college courses. A bit heavy in part after all these years but fascinating.
Sleepwalkers ends as the war begins. In 2010 I read GJ Meyers, "A World Undone". I had previously read two other WWI history accounts. Meyers book: Depicts the slaughter, genocide, the upheaval of Civilization and it is a gripping narrative that illuminates and sickens all at once. Meyers has reaffirmed misanthropy as my base philosophy. So profound, that I could not read a book about war for a long time. Meyer numbed me to the core. But the book is important and a must read. If you seek to feel the reality of the period, this is the book.