From the Publisher
“Stephen Harris has written both a soldier’s story and a long overdue but bloody redemption of America’s most unfairly maligned infantry regiment. Well researched, well written, and entertaining.”
"A wonderfully researched, beautifully written, superbly balanced piece of military social history."
"Excellent . . . fascinating . . . allows the men of the 197th to speak for themselves . . . Harris has given us a dramatic battlefield narrative and a richly nuanced social history. In the process, he acquaints us with a part of the American Great War experience that is often overlooked. . . ."
"Sobering . . . a rich narrative that keeps the reader informed and entertained . . . a gripping account of the war as seen by the men who were in the trenches."
"Battle pieces are very well done and punctuated by many personal accounts. The book also provides interesting, and not necessarily flattering, looks at some senior personnel. . . . A good addition to the literature of the AEF." --THE NYAMAS REVIEW (New York Military Affairs Symposium)
Inspired by stories told by his great-uncle, Harris describes the experience of New York's Seventh Regiment and the losses it suffered in France near the end of the First World War. Made up largely of volunteer "society boys" from uptown Manhattan and the wealthier suburbs of New York, the regiment also included farmers and the sons of small-town merchants. On Sept. 29, 1918, they attacked the formidable Hindenburg Line; at huge cost to the regiment, they helped break Germany's hold and bring the war to a close. Harris, a freelance journalist based in Vermont, makes extensive use of dramatic accounts of battle by the soldiers themselves, found in letters and articles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)