Yanks The Epic Story of the American Army in World War I Fought far from home World War I was nonetheless a stirring American adventure The achievements of the United States during that war often underrated by military historians were in fact remarkable

  • Title: Yanks: The Epic Story of the American Army in World War I
  • Author: John S.D. Eisenhower Joanne Thompson Eisenhower
  • ISBN: 9780743223850
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fought far from home, World War I was nonetheless a stirring American adventure The achievements of the United States during that war, often underrated by military historians, were in fact remarkable, and they turned the tide of the conflict So says John S D Eisenhower, one of today s most acclaimed military historians, in his sweeping history of the Great War and theFought far from home, World War I was nonetheless a stirring American adventure The achievements of the United States during that war, often underrated by military historians, were in fact remarkable, and they turned the tide of the conflict So says John S D Eisenhower, one of today s most acclaimed military historians, in his sweeping history of the Great War and the men who won it the Yanks of the American Expeditionary Force Their men dying in droves on the stalemated Western Front, British and French generals complained that America was giving too little, too late John Eisenhower shows why they were wrong The European Allies wished to plug the much needed U.S troops into their armies in order to fill the gaps in the line But General John J Black Jack Pershing, the indomitable commander of the AEF, determined that its troops would fight together, as a whole, in a truly American army Only this force, he argued not bolstered French or British units could convince Germany that it was hopeless to fight on Pershing s often criticized decision led to the beginning of the end of World War I and the beginning of the U.S Army as it is known today The United States started the war with 200,000 troops, including the National Guard as well as regulars They were men principally trained to fight Indians and Mexicans Just nineteen months later the Army had mobilized, trained, and equipped four million men and shipped two million of them to France It was the greatest mobilization of military forces the New World had yet seen For the men it was a baptism of fire Throughout Yanks Eisenhower focuses on the small but expert cadre of officers who directed our effort not only Pershing, but also the men who would win their lasting fame in a later war MacArthur, Patton, and Marshall But the author has mined diaries, memoirs, and after action reports to resurrect as well the doughboys in the trenches, the unknown soldiers who made every advance possible and suffered most for every defeat He brings vividly to life those men who achieved prominence as the AEF and its allies drove the Germans back into their homeland the irreverent diarist Maury Maverick, Charles W Whittlesey and his famous lost battalion, the colorful Colonel Ulysses Grant McAlexander, and Sergeant Alvin C York, who became an instant celebrity by singlehandedly taking 132 Germans as prisoners From outposts in dusty, inglorious American backwaters to the final bloody drive across Europe, Yanks illuminates America s Great War as though for the first time In the AEF, General John J Pershing created the Army that would make ours the American age in Yanks that Army has at last found a storyteller worthy of its deeds.

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    1. John Eisenhower was a prolific military historian during his lifetime. He made something of a specialty covering America's lesser known military involvements such as The Mexican-American War and our ground troop commitment to the Western Front during World War One. Mr. Eisehnower's writing was professional, well researched and easy to read. He was a solid middle of the road historian who examined the events and wrote about them. He was not a historian with any ideolological issues to push. There [...]

    2. IKE's son John wrote a powerful book telling of American's involvement in World War One. From 1917 til end of 1918 Gen. Pershing not only directed fighting the Germans, but politically the British & the French. He was no politician, but contrary to Allied wishes, he insisted Americans fight as an American Army. Good military history of tactics & infighting among allies. Basically it was the classroom for future generals of WW2.

    3. Clear writing and follows the American armed forces involvement in the Western Front. Detailed understanding of the political dimension of American military actions. The writing is well-paced and keeps the reader engaged while weaving together elements of the story. My second book focused on the war and my first focused on the Americans in the war - I came away with a much clearer picture of the action, the heroism, and the amazing feat of the American fighting force. It seems a bit cliche that [...]

    4. A rather poor written text that does quite a lot of damage by the uninspired word choice. But this is the son of a powerful general and than president so he must be qualified, right? And his wife too. In fact this is more like an attempt to cash in the name and drum in some patriotism at the same time.

    5. The book’s full title is Yanks: The Epic Story of the American Army in World War I (as an aside, How does one punctuate the second line in a title [“The Epic…” here]?). The operative word here is “story.” This is a narrative history of, mainly, the American Expeditionary Force (AEF), 1917-1919, and it’s a pleasant and easy enough read. This year, 2017, is the centennial of the United States’ active participation and this book serves as a fine introduction to its subject, without [...]

    6. A decent book about the American involvement in World War I. I found it most interesting to read about the lives of some of the great generals of World War II and how they became respected warriors in the military through tough fighting and rough conditions in the Great War. Marshall, Patton, and Macarthur are just a few mentioned with great detail. I was kind of surprised at how "little" the American involvement really was, but the author shows how in that small time frame how the war was ultim [...]

    7. A good concise overview of the formation of an American army and all the modern processes such as a Chief of Staff that carried through to WW2 and onward.Does get into some detail on the particular division movements for each battle that the American forces were involved in particularly in 1917/1918. Overall a good intro to the next level of understanding American military participation in WW1. Also gets into the personalities and interactions of the commanding officers.

    8. This was a very well written book that covered the American experience in WWI very well. This is not a subject that I knew much about before reading this book, and came away from it feeling much more informed about what happened during the war, why the US became in involved, and actually what kind of involvement the American Expeditionary Force had in the war. It was easy to read without being overly boring.

    9. Great story of the coordination of France Great Britain and the U.S. Pershing fights to keep his troops under indepedant leadership. long on the brass tacks lacking a bit on the personal touch. maps are always my pet peeve with history novels this story needed better maps. military purists will enjoy

    10. I read the hardback. This book is a great starting off point for someone wanting to learn more about WWI. Rather than trying to absorb the whole war, its political causes, intrigue, etc "Yanks" concentrates only on the building of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF). It gives the beginner and manageable piece of the war to digest and learn.

    11. it looks like i am the only person who has read this book. it also appears that the americans didn't do jack during world war one. the details and maps of the battles are some of the most informative i've seen.

    12. Few writers have delved into WWI for the Americans quite like this book. Well-writen, moving swiftly, with good insights into the military minds of the generals, this book brings the AEF to life in WWI. Belleau Wood may be a famous name but why? This book will begin to provide those answers.

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