The Yanks Are Starving by Glen Craney
Two armies. One flag. No honor.
The most shameful day in American history.
During the Great Depression summer of 1932, a rail-riding hobo leads 20,000 hungry veterans into Washington D.C. to demand jobs and service payment. This sweeping novel of World War I and the Bonus March fourteen years later unfolds the shocking story of the political intrigue and government betrayal that ignited the only violent clash between two American armies under the same flag.
Praise for The Yanks Are Starving:
"[A] wonderful source of historical fact wrapped in a compelling novel.... Each of the characters is written in a depth that makes them come alive. ... If you want to learn about one of America's darkest days, one that rarely gets any attention, this is a book that will both teach and entertain." -- Historical Novel Society
"[A] vivid picture of not only men being deprived of their veterans' rights, but of their human rights as well. ... Craney performs a valuable service by chronicling it in this admirable book." -- Military Writers Society of America
"Craney has written an outstanding social and military historical novel of the United States... Simply put, an outstanding novel." -- Joseph Spuckler, Author Alliance reviewer and U.S. Marine veteran.
"One of the best and most memorable books I have ever read." -- U.S. Marine veteran Nathan Mercer, reviewer for Movies and Manuscripts.
"[I] know of no other fiction writer who has made this brave, tragic protest movement the main theme of a novel, until now. Glen Craney deserves praise for recognizing the significance and dramatic potential of the Bonus Army story." -- The Compulsive Reader Review.
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Mired in the Great Depression, the United States teeters on the brink of revolution. And as the summer of 1932 approaches, a charismatic, rail-riding hobo leads thousands of desperate World War I veterans across the country to the steps of the U.S. Capitol. This events of this timely epic that sweeps across three decades are unfolded through the eyes of eight Americans, all from widely different backgrounds, who survive the fighting in France and come together again during a tense July month to determine the fate of the nation:
- Herbert Hoover, the beleaguered president.
- Douglas MacArthur, the ambitious West Point general.
- Pelham Glassford, the compassionate District of Columbia police chief.
- Walter Waters, the troubled leader of the Bonus veterans.
- Floyd Gibbons, the war correspondent and famous radio broadcaster.
- Joe Angelo, the banty Italian-American who serves as George Patton's orderly.
- Ozzie Taylor, the street musician turned Harlem Hellfighter.
- Anna Raber, the Mennonite nurse.
A searing panorama of American history, from the Boxer Rebellion in China to the Plain of West Point, from the persecution of conscientious objectors to the horrors of the Marne, and from the Hoovervilles of the heartland to the pitiful Anacostia BEF encampment in the bowels of the nation's capital.
Q: How did you learn of the Bonus March?
A: I came upon the story several years ago as Washington, D.C. journalist covering national politics and the Iran-contra scandal. I wrote my story first as movie script, which has received award recognition and a positive response in Hollywood.
Q: You follow your main characters through the 1918 fighting in France before reuniting them in 1932 for the Bonus March. Why?
A: As I got deeper into the research, I realized that the shock of the culminating confrontation on Pennsylvania Avenue could not be fully understood without revealing to the reader the experiences of the homeless veterans on the Western Front.
Q: Was there one character in particular who surprised you?
A: In every novel I write, one character always seems to jump off the page. This time, it was Floyd Gibbons, the flamboyant war correspondent. He was Edward R. Murrow, Ernie Pyle, and Walter Cronkite rolled into one, with some P.T. Barnum on the side. He was a pure joy to recreate.
Q: What do readers say to you after finishing the novel?
A: The most common reaction is dismay that they had never heard of the Bonus March; then, shock and outrage at how our veterans were treated.