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My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War
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My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War

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From the New York Times bestselling author of War Letters, a marvelously vivid and moving account of the American experience in World War I, centered on an intimate portrait of General Pershing, drawing on a rich trove of newly uncovered letters

Based on an astonishing collection of letters and diaries harvested by Andrew Carroll and the Center for American War Letters over many years, My Fellow Soldiers tells the story of the American experience in World War I with General John Pershing in the foreground against a landscape of extraordinary voices, to convey the grassroots perspective of American doughboys, war nurses, and their families with extraordinary intimacy and power.

Andrew Carroll's portrait of General Pershing, the US Commander in Europe, is a revelation. The scope of the challenge facing Pershing in World War I, and his ultimate mastery of it, were truly remarkable. Leading a military force that on the eve of its entry into the war was downright primitive compared to the European combatants, the general surmounted enormous obstacles to command 1.5 million American soldiers to decisive victories.

But Pershing himself--often misunderstood as a starchy, even wooden leader--concealed inner agony from those around him: almost two years before the US entered the war, his beloved wife and three young daughters perished in a house fire; only his six-year-old son Warren survived. Even as Pershing steered the American war effort, he wrote his son heartfelt letters from the front. Before leaving for Europe, Pershing also had a passionate romance with George Patton's sister, Anita. But once he was in France, Pershing fell madly in love with a young painter named Micheline Resco, whom he later married in secret.

Woven throughout Pershing's story are the voices and experiences of an extraordinary group of American men and women, gathered from a stunning cross-section of stories and letters gathered by Carroll, from both the famous and unheralded, including Harry Truman, Ernest Hemingway, Teddy Roosevelt, and his youngest son Quentin. If Pershing provides the heart of this story, the chorus of these "lesser-known" voices that enfold it make the high stakes of this epic American saga piercingly real. Never before has the war's profound impact on America been conveyed with such humanity and emotional force.

Title:My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War
ISBN:1594206481
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages
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    My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War Reviews

  • William J.
    Apr 22, 2017

    This is a very different perspective of World War I. It is not a history of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) or of the War itself. Nor is it a biography of General Pershing. It tells the story o...

  • Carol
    Mar 20, 2017

    Carefully researched and written history of General John Pershing and many American who fought in the Great War, this book earns its place on the shelf of WWI history. I read this because my knowledge...

  • SundayAtDusk
    Mar 19, 2017

    A reader would be hard pressed to find a more highly readable and painlessly educational book about World War I than this one. Starting with General John Pershing’s life and the Pancho Villa Expedit...

  • Jerry Keathley
    May 30, 2017

    Good book, but needs proofingThis was a good book, very readable and dealing more with the human side of the war than with the details of which regiment moved a half mile to the east of Company C and ...

  • Tom
    May 30, 2017

    This is not just John Pershing's tale, though he remains its centerpiece; rather it is an extraordinary recounting of many of the Americans who fought the War To End All Wars and thus an almost elegia...

  • Ronald Wahab
    May 10, 2017

    Changed outlookWell written and easy to read. As an Army infantrymen and combat veteran I found that this book to have changed my previous opinions on General Pershing and our Army's role in WW1....

  • Faith High School
    May 11, 2017

    read by rigginI will be honest I did not like this book but i never have liked biographys. I'm sure people who want to read about world war 1 would love this book but its just not really for me thats ...

  • Greg
    Jun 23, 2017

    Great read! The best book that I've come across for the American view of World War I. General Pershing is the central character, but the author uses the letters of various other participants to give a...

  • Aidan
    May 26, 2017

    Great book, very informative although to many primary sources....

  • One Word Reviews
    May 10, 2017

    Courageous. ...