"Winner of the Army Historical Foundation's 2011 Distinguished Book Award in the Journals, Memoirs, and Letters category"
"This book will give readers a long-overdue exposure to Summerall's accounts of the many fascinating events of which he was a part, as well as an equally overdue window into the mind and character of this important American figure." Mark E. Grotelueschen, author of Doctrine Under Trial: American Artillery Employment in World War I
"An important work by a pivotal figure in the US Army's transition from constabulary to an overseas expeditionary force. The memoirs are especially valuable for Summerall's views on the imperial wars, the AEF's performance in World War I, and the problems of the postwar period." Brian Linn, author of The Echo of Battle: The Army's Way of War
"Charles P. Summerall was one of the best American combat commanders in World War I who, after the war, reached the pinnacle of his profession as Chief of Staff of the Army. After his retirement as president of the Citadel 1931-1953, he made the South Carolina military school a national institution. His memoir, ably edited and annotated by Timothy Nenninger, is a fascinating account of his experiences from his youth as a poor farm boy through West Point and his winning distinction in fighting in the Philippines and China then later in World War I through his post-war career in the War Department and the Citadel." Edward Coffman, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Summerall's life covered an incredible time of change in the South, the United States and Europe. This memoir gives the reader a ground-floor view of some of those changes, straight from the pen of a man who played a part in making those changes happen." Post and Courier
"This is a fascinating account of a life that saw the U.S. Army's transition from a frontier constabulary to a powerful armed force on the world stage." The Past in Review
"Nenninger has done an excellent job of editing and annotating the memoir." Bowling Green Daily News
"[An] often lively, sometimes contentious, yet completely engaging memoir of his long career." Strategy Page
"It is remarkably candid, but at the same time it is the account of a strong and opinionated man." Journal of America's Military Past
"[The author] provided a thorughtful introduction, clarificatory footnotes, and additional material, which strengthens the value of Summerall's account." NYMAS Review
"It is, simply, a great story, very well told." Coast Defense Journal
"This is a personal story, written in prose that sounds like something you might hear if you were sitting in the living room listening to the generations above you tell their story. It is fascinating, revealing, and intimate. This is one man's journey though a very important time in American history.... It is a journey well told, and it is worth reading." Mack Easter III, H-Net Review
"Dr. Tim Nenninger has done us all a marvelous service by editing this memoir. While it is known to many World War I enthusiasts/scholars, this readable, thoroughly annotated publication saves us all much additional grubbing in the files, particularly after the names which Summerall so scrupulously avoided using.
[...] There is much to be learned from this memoir.
[...] Students of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I and the U.S. Army in general must know this memoir." Journal of Military History