Illusion of Victory: Americans in World War I

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In this sweeping historical canvas, Thomas Fleming undertakes nothing less than a drastic revision of our experience in World War I. He reveals how the British and French duped Wilson into thinking the war was as good as won, and there would be no need to send an army overseas. He describes a harried president making speech after speech proclaiming America's ideals while supporting espionage and sedition acts that sent critics to federal prisons. And he gives a harrowing account of how the Allies did their utmost...

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Overview

In this sweeping historical canvas, Thomas Fleming undertakes nothing less than a drastic revision of our experience in World War I. He reveals how the British and French duped Wilson into thinking the war was as good as won, and there would be no need to send an army overseas. He describes a harried president making speech after speech proclaiming America's ideals while supporting espionage and sedition acts that sent critics to federal prisons. And he gives a harrowing account of how the Allies did their utmost to turn the American Expeditionary Force into cannon fodder on the Western Front.Thoroughly researched and dramatically told, The Illusion of Victory offers compelling testimony to the power of a president's visionary ideals-as well as a starkly cautionary tale about the dangers of applying them in a war-maddened world.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780465024698
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 5/24/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 322,130
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 1.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Fleming is the author of more than forty books, including The New Dealers' War, Duel, and Liberty! The American Revolution, as well as best-selling novels about America's war experience such as Time and Tide and The Officers' Wives. Fleming is a frequent guest on and contributor to NPR, PBS, A&E, and the History Channel. He lives in New York City and Westbrook, Connecticut.

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  • Posted December 9, 2009

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    Too much agenda

    All history writing has an agenda. And there really aren't enough critical examinations of the US and WWI. But, I simply could not get beyond the almost palpable hate Fleming seems to have for Woodrow Wilson. It colors the book to such an extent that I couldn't get to a place where I felt Fleming was saying anything interesting about America and the war. Very one note.

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  • Posted January 9, 2009

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    The War to End All Wars?

    Nearly 100 years after it officially ended, America is still fighting World War I. This insightful, well-researched book will help you understand how and why it began. Put down your daily newspapers for one week and read this book.

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