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To the Last Man: A Novel of the First World War

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2005

    Shaara hits the mark with to the last man.....

    I really enjoyed Jeff Shaara's latest effort 'To The Last Man',the book continues in the pattern of historically accurate fiction that he has established with his previous five novels.I found his very humanizing approach to such historical figures as Manfred von Richtofen very good. Seeing the Red Baron as a man rather than a walking symbol was very refreshing. I would recommend this book to any other Shaara fan or someone who appreciates a writer who does their historical homework.As a Civil War medical reenactor/livng historian,I know how difficult such research is and admire Jeff for taking the time to do it right. I eagerly await his next book.I'm sure his father would be proud.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2005

    Another Must Read by Jeff Shaara

    Jeff Shaara has done it again. He has written another masterpiece, this time on the often forgotten war that set the future of the Twentieth century and beyond. Shaara deviates slightly from his usual style in that, this book is essentially two books in one. It can be divided into three parts. The first 1/3 of the book deals almost exclusively with the air war focusing mainly on the heroics the Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen and the French born American ace, Raoul Lufberry. In the middle 1/3 of the book, Shaara introduces Gen. Pershing and a young marine private named Roscoe Templer, which begins the second book as the first concludes with the deaths of Richthofen and Lufberry. The final 1/3 of the book focuses exclusively on the exploits and perils of the ground war. When it comes to the descriptive narrative of the horrors of war, I have always felt Stephen Crane's Red Badge of Courage set the standard. Shaara has surpassed that standard and has broken new ground with all of his books, this one included. Anyone who has ever served in the military will appreciate the detail of Shaara's narrative of the horrors that both the flying aces and the doughboys endured in World War I. As with all of Shaara's books, it is really a shame to call this a historical fiction as it is meticulously researched and historically accurate to the letter. Shaara captivates the reader by making history read like the best of literature. As with all of Shaara's books, this one is a must for the history classroom. Of course, it will probably never see the light of day in public schools, but home-schoolers should certainly utilize Shaara's gift for putting accurate military history in the form of intriguing and captivating resources for expanding ones knowledge of the events. Whether you are a novice or a World War I aficionado, you will love this book. If you have never read Shaara, this one will captivate you and have you soon reading his other fine works. You don't want to miss this book. Add it to your library now. You won't regret it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2004

    Outstanding but not superior (like A Glorious Cause)

    As an avid Shaara reader, I couldn't wait for this book to come into press. To the Last is a great book to be sure, a quick read despite the length. Americans tend to overlook WWI because of our late entry into the war, so Shaara's genius is to find characters that are innately appealing to every reader. After reading the book, I went on the web to read about Lufberry and the Red Baron. Such fascinating stuff and Shaara brings it all to life. To the Last is outstanding but it falls short of the glorious Glorious Cause.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2004

    BILLY MITCHELL: age?

    On page 309 of novel, TO THE LAST MAN, the author states the age of Colonel Billy Mitchell as being 69. THE controversial Air-Power advocate Mitchell was 39 years old in 1917. Is the author talking about a different Mitchell, or is this an error? Otherwise, a great book. Shaara brings humanity to history.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2015

    Good read

    but not his best.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    A very good read .

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    Highly recommended - must read

    Riveting. Learned more about WW1 than I learned in school. The insight from the different military perspectives was eye-opening.
    Couldn't put it down!

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

    Jeff Shaara does another wonderful job on an often overlooked pe

    Jeff Shaara does another wonderful job on an often overlooked period of history.  With the anniversary of World War 1 coming up this is a must read for anyone interested in the topic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    SHara

    Goof

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Love it, love it, love it!

    See above!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

    Typical Sharra!

    Written beautifully as all Jeff Sharra's books are. Kept me reading instead of working!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2007

    Excellent

    A very interesting and well done book, especially for one who likes World War I.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    very disappointing

    jeff spent too much time on the pilots in the begining of the book. Very boring and drawn out. I read all of his previous books and this one and 'Gone 4 Soldiers' is not good. I loved 'Rise to Rebellion' and 'Gods & Generals' but I probably won't read the WW II books because this book simply sucked

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2005

    The Age of Billy Mitchell

    I enjoy Mr Shaara's books and his style of placing facts with fiction, however I question the age of Billy Mitchell in his last book, 'to The Last Man'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2004

    Another Spectacular Shaara Novel

    Jeff Shaara has once again brought to life the heroism and tragedy of the men who fought together to build and protect our nation and the world. His characterizations are terrific and his storytelling is simply stunning. He allows the reader to understand and become involved with the characters so much that pain is felt when one dies or exileration when one of them succeeds at someting. I found myself in tune with everyone in this book, from the Red Baron, to the French Commanders, to U.S. General Pershing, and I discovered a new respect for them and their actions. I would highly recomment this and any other shaara books to anyone who loves to read, not just history but good and decent people doing their best in the face of what was asked of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2004

    Good review of American entry into The Great War-How autocratic European powers caused the turmoil that cost 5000 military deaths per day during the period of the war.

    Good, informative book about a war of attrition that is generally thought about only on November 11, annually.

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