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My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War

My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War

by Andrew Carroll


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From the New York Times bestselling author of War Letters and Behind the Lines, Andrew Carroll’s My Fellow Soldiers draws on a rich trove of both little-known and newly uncovered letters and diaries to create a marvelously vivid and moving account of the American experience in World War I, with General John Pershing featured prominently in the foreground.
Andrew Carroll’s intimate portrait of General Pershing, who led all of the American troops in Europe during World War I, is a revelation. Given a military force that on the eve of its entry into the war was downright primitive compared to the European combatants, the general surmounted enormous obstacles to build an army and ultimately command millions of U.S. soldiers. But Pershing himself—often perceived as a harsh, humorless, and wooden leader—concealed inner agony from those around him: almost two years before the United States entered the war, Pershing suffered a personal tragedy so catastrophic that he almost went insane with grief and remained haunted by the loss for the rest of his life, as private and previously unpublished letters he wrote to family members now reveal. Before leaving for Europe, Pershing also had a passionate romance with George Patton’s sister, Anne. But once he was in France, Pershing fell madly in love with a young painter named Micheline Resco, whom he later married in secret.
Woven throughout Pershing’s story are the experiences of a remarkable group of American men and women, both the famous and unheralded, including Harry Truman, Douglas Macarthur, William “Wild Bill” Donovan, Teddy Roosevelt, and his youngest son Quentin. The chorus of these voices, which begins with the first Americans who enlisted in the French Foreign Legion 1914 as well as those who flew with the Lafayette Escadrille, make the high stakes of this epic American saga piercingly real and demonstrates the war’s profound impact on the individuals who served—during and in the years after the conflict—with extraordinary humanity and emotional force.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143110811
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,143,442
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Andrew Carroll is the founding director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University. Along with editing the New York Times bestsellers War Letters and Behind the Lines, Carroll edited Operation Homecoming, which inspired the Emmy-winning documentary of the same name. Carroll lives in Washington, D.C. and Orange, California. (For more information, please visit:

Table of Contents

Maps xi

American Expeditionary Forces Chain of Command and Organization xv

Foreword xvii

1 August 26 1

2 The First to Go 12

3 Hunting Pancho 54

4 Lafayette's Boys 72

5 Countdown 86

6 The Promotion 103

7 Over There 115

8 Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken 123

9 Under the Gun 136

10 Show of Force 153

11 Divisions 174

12 Black Jack and the Hellfighters 185

13 The Eyewitness 212

14 An Army of Angels 229

15 Their Crowded Hour 240

16 Captain Harry 256

17 The Birthday Present 264

18 All In 276

19 Postscript 328

Acknowledgments 355

Notes on Sources 361

Bibliography 367

Index 373

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