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  • Sons of Freedom

  • The Forgotten American Soldiers Who Defeated Germany in World War I
  • By: Geoffrey Wawro
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Wawro
  • Length: 20 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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Publisher's summary

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 20th 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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©2018 Geoffrey Wawro (P)2018 Hachette Audio
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  • Categories: History

Critic reviews

"Geoffrey Wawro has written distinguished works of military history before, but this might be his most compelling. His tale of the Doughboys is gripping, his argument about their accomplishment is persuasive, and his enthusiasm for the era and the subject is irresistible." (H.W. Brands, author of The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War)

"Geoffrey Wawro adds to his luster as one of America's leading military historians with the meticulously researched Sons of Freedom. He upends the conventional understanding of how World War I ended, showing that the military prowess of the American Expeditionary Forces was of critical importance in the defeat of Wilhelmine Germany even if the U.S. suffered far less than the other combatants. The Doughboys finally get their long overdue credit in this important work of revisionist history. Anyone who wants to understand what really happened in World War I must read this book." (Max Boot, author of The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam)

"Sons of Freedom provides a wonderful description - warts and all - of the army that the United States sent to fight in France in 1918. Wawro's depiction of the battles is truly horrifying, and his analysis of the strategy and politics on both sides wonderfully clear. It is the best book yet about the Doughboys, and one of the most important I have read about the First World War." (Sir Michael Howard, regius professor of modern history (emeritus), University of Oxford)

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