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Yanks : The Epic Story of the American Army in World War I [Paperback]

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In the perfect match of subject and author, a noted military historian, presents the definitive account of the birth of the modern American army and its decisive role in World War I. of photos. Maps.

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In the perfect match of subject and author, John S. D. Eisenhower, a noted military historian, presents the definitive account of the birth of the modern Amer- ican army and its decisive role in World War I. With the help of his wife Joanne, Eisenhower captures the viewpoints of the actual participants, blending a narrative told from the perspective of top officers with the stories of average soldiers. Drawing on diaries and memoirs, he brings each engagement to life, from the initial planning to the actual battlefield experiences of soldiers whose exploits at Belleau Woods and along the Meuse-Argonne would become the stuff of legend.
Along the way, he shows how General Pershing and other leaders -- including George Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, George Patton, Billy Mitchell, and Peyton March -- transformed the American Expeditionary Force from a small, underequipped force into a strong, efficient, and effective army. Fast-paced, lively, and engaging, "Yanks" illuminates the central role of the American army in turning the tide in the biggest war the world had ever known.

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Yanks : The Epic Story of the American Army in World War I by John S. D. Eisenhower & Joanne Thompson Eisenhower has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2011 page 778
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 879
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2007 page 630
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 1120

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Free Press
Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.97" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.97"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 4, 2002
Publisher   Free Press
ISBN  0743223853  
ISBN13  9780743223850  

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More About John S. D. Eisenhower & Joanne Thompson Eisenhower

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! A retired brigadier general in the Army Reserves, John S. D. Eisenhower served as U.S. ambassador to Belgium and is one of the nation's leading military historians. He is the author of three seminal works of military history or biography: "So Far from God, " on the Mexican-American War; "The Bitter Woods, " on the Battle of the Bulge; and, most recently, "Agent of Destiny, " a life of Winfield Scott.

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The Yanks are Coming!  Mar 1, 2008
Eisenhower has written an excellent account of the US Army's ordeal during the First World War. A very good starting point for anyone interested in the period.
Superficial And Misleading  Sep 10, 2007
I not only have to agree with some of the other reviewer's contentions that the book is a superficial account of the U.S. effort in WW I, but I was surprised to see a book emerging at this late date STILL perpetuating the myth that the U.S. "won the war."

This distortion of history, I thought, had finally petered out in the 1960s. Yes, their Great War Army grew to 4,000,000 in just 18 months. But only a fraction of that saw any kind of action. In fact, after joining the war in March 1917, their first serious confrontation with the enemy [not counting the four black regiments which were forced to fight with the French] did not take place until June 1918. Over a year later! And in that engagement, to which point TOTAL U.S. casualties amounted to less than a hundred, a brigade of marines got their tails whipped in a futile action at Belleau Wood, which many thought was a totally unnecessary action.

Then, following a minor engagement at Fort Vaux in June 1918, their next significant engagement came when, in concert with a large French force, the 42nd [Rainbow] Division helped eliminate the Soissons Salient.

Meanwhile, as THE August war-ending offensive at Amiens was in full swing, with Haig's armies spearheaded by the Canadian and ANZAC Corps, two American Corps [seven divisions] - again with the French - attacked at St. Mihiel. And promptly ground to a halt in the most monumental traffic snarl-up of the war. Back of the lines, meanwhile, U.S. MPs were busy trying to round up over 100,000 deserters - a situation so serious that Pershing wanted to emulate the French and British and resort to the firing squad. He was talked out of it by then Navy Secretary Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

And that, with the exception of a minor victory at Côte de Châtillon by a brigade led by Douglas MacArthur in October, was really it insofar as U.S. ground action was concerned.

The U.S. also produced NO fighting aircraft, no armoured vehicles, and precious few big guns - relying totally instead on British and French equipment. And while their increasing numbers were certainly discouraging to the Germans, it would have been well into 1919 or even 1920 before the majority of the forces made any impact. Indeed, the Allied naval blockade, in tandem with the Flu Pandemic, did more to starve the Germans into submission than did any American ground action.

So, to suggest that they "won the war" is a gross mis-statement of fact. Search out and read, instead, S.R. Gibbons'/F. Morican's 1965 book World War One, Cyril Falls excellent 1959 volume The Great War, or D.J Goodspeed's The German Wars 1914-1945, published in 1977.
World War 1 Thoroughly Considered  Nov 3, 2006
Brigadier General John S. D. Eisenhower's "Yanks" (2002 paperback) presents the story of America's participation in the First World War (WW1). This book narrates this epic clash by means of eyewitness accounts, official memoranda, and professional history. The book is well documented (with 26 pages of end notes, 5 pages of bibliography, 32 pages of black and white period photos and 16 maps).

Eisenhower presents history with candor and panache. He has literally toured WW1's battlefields, towns, and terrain. (As a boy he shook hands with the retired General Pershing- p. xiv). His experience as a US Army officer greatly enhances this book's analysis and presentation. "Yanks" speaks to the many Allied and Central Powers personalities (Wilhelm II, Wilson, Clemenceau, Lloyd George, Pershing, Haig, Petain, Foch, Hindenburg, Ludendorff, MacArthur, Marshall, and Patton, etc.) who waged WW1.

The Retired General also presents interesting vignettes from the western front. Readers learn of Patton's leg wound incurred while marching before his tanks into battle at Argonne, the Lost Battalion's rescue near the Muese River, MacArthur's "capture" by the US 1st Division (the "Big Red One"), and Sergeant York's dramatic single handed capture of 132 German on Oct. 8, 1918 (the month before Armistice).

Eisenhower shows how American participation in WW1 prepared the United States for a century of global warfare. Pershing's introduction of the Army Air Force, Patton's transfer from the general staff into the fledgling tank unit, Mitchell's inventive airplane application for bombing, and MacArthur's organizing and leading the Rainbow 42nd division, signaled the beginning of the modern American military.

This exciting book is recommended to all students of military history, the early 20th aficionado, army buffs, battle analysts, and those curious about WW1.
Good Companion to Keegan  Aug 7, 2006
The first time I read this book, I did not enjoy it very much because I had only a passing familiarity with the events of World War I. But, I read it again after reading Keegan's "The First World War" and I found it to be a very good book about the US participation in World War I. It explains very well in an appropriate level of detail our role in that conflict, which Keegan does not because of his broad approach and our limited role. It has terrific tactical maps and explains battles quite well. It also focuses on the logistics buildup and identifies the role played in the war by Marshall, Patton, and others. I very much recommend the book.
oh boy  Jun 13, 2004
john, in your book you mention the "battle" of wounded knee. i'm pretty sure they call that infamous blot on the 7th cavalry, and on the american military in general, the "massacre" of wounded knee. and also, you didn't mention anything about the fact that the american military in WWI was horribly racist. the US army was so racist in fact that a crack outfit of black troops from harlem (harlem hellfighters ring a bell?) had to be outfitted in FRENCH GEAR before they were allowed to fight!!!

when i read a book, i like to get all sides of an issue...the good AND the bad. perhaps you'll keep these suggestions in mind for the 2nd printing.


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