What Else, Indeed?

The Long Fuse: An Interpretation of the Origins of World War I

by Laurence Lafore
Lippincott, 282 pp., $4.50

The Great Departure: The United States and World War I, 1914-1920

by Daniel M. Smith
Wiley, 221 pp., $1.95 (paper)

The Great War 1914-1918: A Pictorial History

by John Terraine
Macmillan, 480 pp., $15.00

Once upon a time historians believed that if they accumulated enough facts they would find the answers and produce a true, immutable version of past events. Now we are less confident. Knowledge breeds doubt, not certainty, and the more we know, the more uncertain we become.

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