Jeff Shaara has enthralled readers and listeners with his New York Times best-selling novels set during the Civil War and the American Revolution. Here the acclaimed author turns to World War I, bringing to life the sweeping, emotional story of the war that devastated a generation and established America as a world power.
Spring 1916: the horror of a stalemate on Europe's western front. France and Great Britain are on one side of the barbed wire, a fierce German army is on the other. Shaara opens the window onto the otherworldly tableau of trench warfare as seen through the eyes of a typical British soldier who experiences the bizarre and the horrible - a "Tommy" whose innocent youth is cast into the hell of a terrifying war.
In the skies, meanwhile, technology has provided a devastating new tool, the "aeroplane", and with it a different kind of hero emerges: the flying ace. Soaring high above the chaos on the ground, these solitary knights duel in the splendor and terror of the skies, their courage and steel tested with every flight.
As the conflict stretches into its third year, a neutral America is goaded into war, its reluctant president, Woodrow Wilson, finally accepting the repeated challenges to his stance of nonalignment. Yet the Americans are woefully unprepared and ill equipped to enter a war that has become worldwide in scope. The responsibility is placed on the shoulders of General John "Blackjack" Pershing, and by mid-1917 the first wave of the American Expeditionary Force arrives in Europe. Encouraged by the bold spirit and strength of the untested Americans, the world waits to see if the tide of war can finally be turned.
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"[Shaara] again displays his gift for portraying the intensely human side of warriors.... Shaara is at his best in describing scenes of battle.... First-rate storytelling." (Booklist)
This Author is truly great. World War I is a period in history that many students of Baby Boomer age never covered fully in American History. This book was full of new information to me. I have since become much more interested in this period in our history.
Seems to concentrate on the emergence of the airplane as a major weapon of war, but that could be a strength for folks who like stories which include the technology of warfare. Generally solidly written, and it is narrated with top-notch superb skill, so the book is well worth its price.
although print is good, the audio inflection of the reader makes the book very enjoyable
when Lufberry lost his life
The visual of the initial living of the pilots in the chateau
when Richtoven was playing with his dog prior to his last flight
The history mixed with the fiction made this time period come alive. Sometimes very hard to distinguish between the two
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
The story was interesting being told through the lives of various characters on both sides of the war, i.e. primarily German, British, and American characters.This process makes history more interesting. I recommend.
An excellent portrayal of WWI. You feel as though you are there. Great writers have this knack for making history seem like the present becomes they hone in on the human element. Jeff Shara never really disappoints but this is book is superb.
It is the unique, disparate and fascinating perspectives through which Shaara tells the story of the Great War that make this book so good. As the author states, he is telling a story, not simply writing a history book. I highly recommend this book to history novices and experts alike. It is an exceptional retelling of exceptional events.
Paul Michael is an amazing performer. It is not a cliche to say that he brings characters to life. Lufbery, Temple, Richthofen...I could actually 'see' them. Mr. Michael is in that exclusive pantheon of great performers that also includes Roy Dotrice and Barbara Rosenblatt.
pass this one by. It is EXTREMELY boring. To compensate for that it is also badly produced. The audio files are simply chopped into pieces with no regard for actual chapters. Another dump from the CD without any care taken to reformat for mp3 players.
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