Bestselling military historian H. W. Crocker III (The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War, Robert E. Lee on Leadership, etc.) now turns his guns on the epic story of America’s involvement in the First World War with his new book The Yanks Are Coming: A Military History of the United States in World War I.
2014 marks the centenary of the beginning of that war, and in Crocker’s sweeping, American-focused account, readers will learn:
How George S. Patton, Douglas MacArthur, George C. Marshall (of the Marshall Plan), "Wild Bill" Donovan (future founder of the OSS, the World War II precursor to the CIA), Harry S. Truman, and many other American heroes earned their military spurs in "The Great War"
Why, despite the efforts of the almost absurdly pacifistic administration of Woodrow Wilson, American involvement in the war was inevitable
How the First World War was "the War that Made the Modern World"sweeping away most of the crowned heads of Europe, redrawing the map of the Middle East, setting the stage for the rise of communism and fascism
Why the First World War marked America’s transition from a frontier powersome of our World War I generals had actually fought Indiansto a global superpower, with World War I generals like Douglas MacArthur living to see, and help shape, the nuclear age
"The Young Lions of the War" -- heroes who should not be forgotten, like air ace Eddie Rickenbacker, Sergeant Alvin York (memorably portrayed by Gary Cooper in the Academy Awardwinning movie Sergeant York), and all four of Theodore Roosevelt’s sons (one of whom was killed)
Stirring, and full of brilliantly told stories of men at war, The Yanks Are Coming will be the essential book for readers interested in rediscovering America’s role in the First World War on its hundredth anniversary.
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About the Author
H. W. Crocker III is the bestselling author of many books on military history, including Don’t Tread on Me , Robert E. Lee on Leadership , The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War , The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire , and the prize-winning comic novel The Old Limey. His journalism has appeared in National Review , the American Spectator , the Washington Times , and many other outlets. Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Crocker currently lives on the site of a former Confederate encampment in Virginia.
Table of Contents
Part I: Armageddon Far Away
1 The Clash of Empires
2 Two and a Half Years Hard
3 Woodrow’s War
Part II: The Battles
4 The Road to Cantigny
5 Belleau Wood: “Retreat, Hell. We Just Got Here!”
6 Château-Thierry, the “Rock of the Marne,” and Soissons
7 Saint Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive
Part III: The Generals
8 General John J. Pershing (18601948)
9 General Peyton C. March (18641955)
10 General Douglas MacArthur (18801964)
11 General Billy Mitchell (18791936)
12 General John A. Lejeune (18671942)
13 General George S. Patton (18851945)
14 General George C. Marshall (18801959)
15 Captain Eddie Rickenbacker (18901973)
16 Father Francis P. Duffy (18711932) and Sergeant Alvin C. York (18871964)
17 Harry S. Truman (18841972)
18 William J. Donovan (18831959)
19 Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (18871944), Kermit Roosevelt (18891943), Archibald Roosevelt (18941979), Quentin Roosevelt (18971918)
Part IV: The Victory
20 In Dubious Battle
21 The Victors at Versailles
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As its subtitle indicates, “The Yanks Are Coming” highlights the American role in World War I but does so by placing it in the larger context of what preceded and followed it. It begins with an introduction to the overall history of World War I and transitions the American Army into that story. Once the Armistice is signed it breaks into brief biographies of Americans who played roles in the War. Some exerted leadership then but for others the Great War was a training ground for later service. The biographies are of Pershing, Peyton March, Douglas MacArthur, Billy Mitchell, John Lejeune, George Patton, George Marshall, Fr. Duffy, Sgt. York, Harry Truman, Wild Bill Donovan and the Roosevelts: Ted, Quentin, Kermit and Archie. It then returns to the scene of the Paris Peace Conference and western intervention in the Russian Civil War. Author H. W. Crocker III’s writing style keeps the narrative flowing while holding the reader’s interest. I have read a fair amount about World War I but I learned new facts and saw them present from different perspectives. It is a good commencement to World War I studies World War I or to supplement other reading with an emphasis on America’s contribution.