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Sons of Freedom: The Forgotten American Soldiers Who Defeated Germany in World War I

Sons of Freedom: The Forgotten American Soldiers Who Defeated Germany in World War I

by Geoffrey Wawro


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The "stirring," definitive history of America's decisive role in winning World War I (Wall Street Journal).

The American contribution to World War I is one of the great stories of the twentieth century, and yet it has all but vanished from view. Historians have dismissed the American war effort as largely economic and symbolic. But as Geoffrey Wawro shows in Sons of Freedom, the French and British were on the verge of collapse in 1918, and would have lost the war without the Doughboys. Field Marshal Douglas Haig, commander of the British Expeditionary Force, described the Allied victory as a "miracle" — but it was a distinctly American miracle.

In Sons of Freedom, prize-winning historian Geoffrey Wawro weaves together in thrilling detail the battles, strategic deliberations, and dreadful human cost of the American war effort. A major revision of the history of World War I, Sons of Freedom resurrects the brave heroes who saved the Allies, defeated Germany, and established the United States as the greatest of the great powers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465093915
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 471,965
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Geoffrey Wawro is professor of history and director of the Military History Center at the University of North Texas and the author of six books, including A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire. Wawro lives in Dallas, Texas.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

List of Maps xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xvii

1 Dog Days 1

2 "Too Proud To Fight" 20

3 Sleeping Sword Of War 54

4 "Lafayette, We Are Here" 82

5 The Kaiser's Battle 112

6 "With Our Backs To The Wall" 133

7 Belleau wood 149

8 Château-Thierry 183

9 Second Marne 200

10 The Hundred Days 244

11 Saint-Mihiel 275

12 Meuse-Argonne: Montfaucon 302

13 Meuse-Argonne: Exermont 343

14 Meuse-Argonne: Romagne 374

15 Meuse-Argonne: Barricourt 424

16 Meuse-Argonne: Sedan 457

17 Peace? 482

Bibliography 511

Notes 517

Index 577

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