World War I: The American Soldier Experience

World War I: The American Soldier Experience

by Jennifer D. Keene
     
 

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World War I explores the daily lives of the men and women who served the United States in the Great War. Relying extensively on letters, diaries, and reminiscences of those Americans who fought or served in World War I, Jennifer D. Keene reports on the training camp experience at home; the journey overseas; and the unique difficulties African Americans,See more details below

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World War I explores the daily lives of the men and women who served the United States in the Great War. Relying extensively on letters, diaries, and reminiscences of those Americans who fought or served in World War I, Jennifer D. Keene reports on the training camp experience at home; the journey overseas; and the unique difficulties African Americans, Native Americans, women, and immigrants encountered in the predominately white and native-born army. She also describes in vivid detail the perspective of naval and air service personnel and, for those on the ground in France, the horrors of static trench warfare and active engagement in combat. Chapters describe coping with and treating disease and wounds; the devastating frequency of death; and for those who came home, the difficult reentry into civilian life, as well as the causes, strategic decisions, and political outcome of the war. This volume includes a timeline, illustrations, and an extensive bibliography of recommended sources.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Military History

“The real value in Keene’s work is her ability to look beyond the trenches of the Western Front, which have long dominated any discussion of the World War, and illuminate the struggles of a people and a nation engaging in their first truly international and modern war. . . . Keene’s study works as an overview, drawing together numerous aspects of the daily experiences of American soldiers into a unified whole. . . . A welcome addition to the library of the casual reader and the serious scholar alike.”—Brian Neumann, Journal of Military History
Camaraderie

"Dr. Keene presents a masterfully crafted and detailed primer on American participation in the Great War, focusing on the varied experiences of the men and women who participated. The book is replete with useful facts and figures."—Leonard G. Shurtleff, Camaraderie

— Leonard G. Shurtleff

Journal of America's Military Past

"Jennifer D. Keene, author of numerous works on World War I, provides a concise but exceptionally complete treatment of American soldiers in that war, not only in France but in North Russia and Siberia. . . . Keene has exhaustively mined the scholarship of the wartime experience."—G. Alan Knight, Journal of America's Military Past

— G. Alan Knight

NYMAS Review

"Keene has a good grasp of the newest scholarship on the readiness and ability of the U.S. Army and its leaders, writes well, and has a good ear for what might be termed "informative trivia", the little factoid or anecdote that conveys a useful message."—NYMAS Review
Camaraderie - Leonard G. Shurtleff

"Dr. Keene presents a masterfully crafted and detailed primer on American participation in the Great War, focusing on the varied experiences of the men and women who participated. The book is replete with useful facts and figures."—Leonard G. Shurtleff, Camaraderie
Journal of America's Military Past - G. Alan Knight

"Jennifer D. Keene, author of numerous works on World War I, provides a concise but exceptionally complete treatment of American soldiers in that war, not only in France but in North Russia and Siberia. . . . Keene has exhaustively mined the scholarship of the wartime experience."—G. Alan Knight, Journal of America's Military Past

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803234871
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
234
Sales rank:
941,973
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.98(h) x 0.50(d)

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