All Quiet on the Western Front

This novel on trench warfare on World War I has been called the greatest war novel ever.  It was written by a little-known German soldier, describing the emotions and the experiences of the everyday soldiers enmeshed in the trench warfare.  Erich Remarque is a master of describing the profound pathos and horror of war.  There is no exciting story line, but an unforgettable portrait of the brutality of war.