Over There

Over There

The United States in the Great War, 1917-1918

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Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the rise of the American military and the role it played in winning World War I, from the declaration of war in 1917 to the social changes that occurred on the home front

Norton Pub
Our last-minute intervention in this European war would save the Allies in their hour of need and change forever the way Americans saw their country and the world. When the United States finally declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, the British and French armies were at a point of total exhaustion; within two weeks the French troops had mutinied, leaving the Western Front practically undefended. In the same month, Lenin arrived in Moscow on the heels of the Russian Revolution and vowed to make peace with Germany. In the course of a few months the American army would grow from 200,000 ill-equipped and untrained men to over one million, but it was longer still before the French and British commanders took General Pershing and his recruits seriously. Byron Farwell's informed and colorful narrative covers all phases of the American effort, from the home front, where the war introduced rapid technical and social changes that were difficult to absorb, to the desperate encounters in the front lines of Belleau Wood and the St. Mihiel salient, where American troops proved their valor and altered the course of the war. The author, whose previous books include Stonewall Jackson and Queen Victoria's Little Wars, paints a vivid and memorable picture of the intense national experience whereby America came of age in the twentieth century.

Book News
Having split his education, literary interests, and residence between Britain and the US, Farwell here narrates the course of US involvement in the First World War. He begins on the home front where the war introduced rapid technical and social changes that were hard to absorb, then describes the skepticism with which the raw yanks were greeted in Europe, the battles that proved their mettle and turned the tide, to the end of hostilities and return of the legions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

This comprehensive book chronicles the rise of the American military and the role it played in winning World War I, from the declaration of war in 1917 to the social changes that ocurred on the homefront.

Publisher: New York : Norton, 1999.
ISBN: 9780393046984
0393046982
Branch Call Number: 940.40973 FAR
Characteristics: 336 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.

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