The War to End All Wars: The American Military Experience in World War I

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The War to End All Wars is considered by many to be the best single account of America's participation in World War I. Covering famous battles, the birth of the air force, naval engagements, the War Department, and experiences of the troops, this indispensable volume is again available in paperback for students and general readers.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The best single volume on the American war effort." — Allan Millett

"[Coffman] can explain complex matters in a few sharp paragraphs, illuminate technical discussions with personal vignettes, and use statistics to clarify rather than confuse.... Should become standard reading in twentieth-century American history courses." — Indiana Magazine of History

"A history of the entire American military involvement in World War I, it is widely regarded as the most authoritative work on its topic." — Lexington Herald-Leader

"It is quite simply one of the best accounts of US participation in WW I." — Paper Wars

"Indispensable." — Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"Will surely stand as the first source for anyone interested in the conflict." — Stephen Ambrose

"As a reference on the American military presence in World War I, Coffman's book should be a standard for anyone interested in such studies." — Tallahassee Democrat

"A detailed picture of America's first great world military engagement." — UK News

"The Embattled Past" is a delightful little book, filled with interesting tidbits about American military history and some fascinating stories about historians, the teaching of history, and historical research." — J. W. Thacker, Bowling Green Daily News

<:st>Reprint of the 1968 classic (cited in . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813109558
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Prologue 3
I The Coming of the War 5
II The Army Girds for Action 20
III "War Isn't All Brass Buttons and Cheering" 54
IV The Navy Does Its Share 86
V Pershing Builds an Army 121
VI A Divided Effort: War Department and GHQ 159
VII The Romance and Reality of the Air War 187
VIII "They Are Putting New Life into the Game" 212
IX The AEF Comes of Age 262
X The Final Blow 299
XI The Stacking of the Arms 357
Essay on Sources 365
Index 397
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