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Over There: The United States in the Great War, 1917-18

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Our last-minute intervention in this European war would save the Allies in their hour of need and change forever the way Americans saw their country and the world. When the United States finally declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, the British and French armies were at a point of total exhaustion; within two weeks the French troops had mutinied, leaving the Western Fr ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Dec 19, 2011 Ensiform rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, war
A concise history of American involvement in WWI. Not told chronologically, but thematically (the war at home, major battles, the air force, reception in France, etc), the book is a multi-faceted look at American attitudes toward the war. Sometimes Farwell gets too bogged down in statistics (numbers of men, tons of materiel, and so forth); this kind of minutiae works better in appendices so it doesn’t clutter up the narrative flow. However, he wisely includes some fantastic anecdotal stories on ...more
Jill Hutchinson
In the past year I have read several books about WWI as I felt that I didn't know enough about that era. This one is right up there with the best. It only covers that short period of time that the US was involved and the writer does not pull any punches regarding the contributions made by America's entry into that war. America was unprepared, understaffed, and short of material. Pershing, the Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces is treated rather harshly by the author and is portrayed ...more
Aug 25, 2015 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Farwell, a former British soldier, a historian and professor in both the US and the UK, has written a narrative of the American involvement of WWI that is much more that a story of the American battle experience. It is, at once, a truly interesting book made more so for me because my father served with the American 91st Division in the war and was severely wounded in the Meuse-Argonne battle that was the last great battle of the war. More importantly, nearly half of the book is devoted to the Am ...more
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Nov 20, 2010 Aaron Meyer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, ww-1
This is not an extremely in depth look at our involvement in the first World War. What it is, is an expansive look at the whole picture from the pre-war politics, the buildup, involvement, occupation, and also the war in Russia is briefly noted. Also has a chapter on, which I found interesting because I hadn't heard much on before, Venereal Disease and Pershings attempt at zero tolerance for it. The writing style is easy and keeps you interested in the subject. A worthy addition for a refresher ...more
Jun 02, 2012 Brandi added it
I had to read this for a history course on America in the World Wars. This book covers America's involvement in WWI. It's an easy read and provides a lot of information. I particularly like the amount of primary sources referenced. Scholarly minded historians might dislike the fact he doesn't really cite his sources in text, but the book reads far easier without the footnotes for those who are reading the book for extracurricular enjoyment. You get a good sense of how unprepared the US truly was ...more
Oct 31, 2014 Bill rated it really liked it
Short, to the read, and not very memorable. Farwell hits the high points without capturing the essence of the experience. The Great War and America's participation awaits a Bruce Catton to tell the story.
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So the Lusitania WAS carrying war supplies. Who knew?
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Akins Hollis Engl...: war over there 1 2 Oct 21, 2011 08:02AM  
Farwell graduated from Ohio State University and the University of Chicago (M.A., 1968). He served in World War II as a captain of engineers attached to the Mediterranean Allied Air Force in the British Eighth Army area and later also saw combat in the Korean War. He separated from the military after seven years of active duty.

As a civilian, he became director of public relations and director of a
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