It’s March, and if you haven’t updated your reading list for this month (or for the year if you’ve been slacking), we have a few books to recommend to help you get back on track. Good luck with your reading, bookworm!

You may be familiar with some of these, while others may be a refresher or a reminder. Nonetheless, the following nonfiction books below take us into the perspective of the men and women who experienced firsthand the horrors of the major war in recent years and lived to tell the tale of the darkest hours of mankind.

World War I (1914)

Forgotten Voices of the Great War, by Max Arthur. From the lens of the men and women who found themselves caught in the crossfire between Imperial states and rising superpowers vying for dominance in Europe. Intending to preserve the firsthand accounts of the aging generation, a group of academics, archivists, and volunteers embarked on a long but rewarding journey in the early 1970s of collecting these stories from ordinary people who were present when the war broke out and lives through the nearly-five year conflict.

Accordingly, the book contains more than 34,000 recordings from both retired service combatants and non-combatants, recounting the Great War from their viewpoint and how they survived what was supposed to be “the war to end all wars.”