Saturday, December 24, 2011

Six notable books about the First World War

Wade Davis is a scientist, anthropologist, and writer who received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany from Harvard University and has spent twenty-five years studying the plants, psychotropic drugs, and ceremonial rituals of indigenous cultures around the world. His books include The Serpent and the Rainbow, which was later released as a feature motion picture, and One River.

His latest book is Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest.

One of Davis's six favorite books about World War I, as told to The Week magazine:
Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden

Boyden's novel follows two Cree men recruited as snipers by the Canadian army. Spare in style, it reads as one long, haunted hallucination — the Western Front as seen through the eyes of the shaman.
Read about another book on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue