Courage: Roy Blanchard's Journey in America's Forgotten War

Courage: Roy Blanchard's Journey in America's Forgotten War

by Paul T. Dean


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In May of 1918, 19-year-old Roy Blanchard marched toward the sound of artillery with the American 126th infantry Regiment, on a narrow French road thousands of miles from his home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. World War I had been raging for nearly four years, sending millions of young men to an early grave. America’s inexperienced “Doughboys,” including Roy, were marching toward the Western Front, determined to help their allies hold the line against the coming waves of German soldiers. The artillery crashed louder around them as they approached the front. As Roy heard the deafening explosions, he wondered if he would have the courage to face a machine gun nest, suffer through hours of shelling, or charge “over the top.”

World War I is a war difficult to grasp for many Americans. Most WWI soldiers didn’t keep a diary, and few spoke of what they saw and experienced. Through "Courage", readers will understand what pulled the world into this devastating conflict, see why the United States came out of isolation to side with the Allies, and gain a personal look into the lives of WWI fighters. Through the eyes of Roy Blanchard, readers will see, hear, and feel what it was like to bravely face the terror of the First World War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632960962
Publisher: Lucid Books
Publication date: 11/11/2016
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Paul Dean inherited a love of history from his mother Marcia and an interest in soldier’s experiences from his grandfathers, who served in World War II. While doing research for his master’s thesis on Woodrow Wilson’s leadership in World War I, he discovered the fascinating papers of Roy Blanchard. That discovery fueled his decades-long research and writing about World War 1. Paul resides in Issaquah, Washington, with his wife, Kathryn, and holds a PhD in US Diplomatic History. Paul and Kathryn have four children: Nathan, Carolyn, Alaina, and Lizzie.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Courage is a novel told from two lenses. Dean often opens each segment of narrative zoomed out on the macro level of what is going on in world only to then zoom in to the micro life of Roy Blanchard and how he is caught up in a swirl of events beyond his control. The effect is that anyone, not just a student of history, can follow and enjoy the book fully. This enables Courage to both be an excellent history lesson and a gripping piece of narrative. In addition the entire book is well sourced which allows the reader to extend outside of the covers and read newspaper articles and other accounts that add a special depth to the book. Courage is excellent, Dean is clearly a scholar still finding his narrative voice but he does a good job and I hope he continues with future biographies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is great to read a book about the common man going to war. Thank all of you for your service.