Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Last Days of Innocence: America at War, 1917-1918” as Want to Read:
The Last Days of Innocence: America at War, 1917-1918
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Last Days of Innocence: America at War, 1917-1918

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In the Spring of 1917, America went to war with an innocent determination to re-make the world. When the smoke lifted in November 1918, the nation emerged with its sense of purpose shattered, its certainties shaken, and with a new and unwelcome self-knowledge. Seventy-five thousand American soldiers were dead, and back home a Pandora's box of suspicions and surveillance ha ...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published November 24th 1998 by Vintage (first published 1997)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Last Days of Innocence, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Last Days of Innocence

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 130)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Jason
A meaty book with a narrow focus. You will learn a lot about America in WWI. The book adroitly interlaces chapters between Americans on the battlefield and Americans in the Homeland. It describes American political and cultural proclivities during the first few years of the war, while we as a nation were observing, and the Allies were engaged. It then discusses our entry into the war--mobilization, training, and fielding of Pershing's Army. It details the horror of battlefield maneuver. And it a ...more
'Aussie Rick'

The Last Days of Innocence: America at War, 1917-1918 offers the reader a decent and balanced view of America's role and involvment in the Great War. If you wanted one book that would provide you with a detailed account of the United States' role in the Great War this is it. The author's cover every aspect of America's involvement in WW1.

This book covers everything from the gradual decline in civil liberties, the increase in Govt. agencies power over the individual, the war industry the trainin
...more
Eric
America's preparation, participation, and the aftermath of both, in World War I. (I saw here the glimmerings of what I would later see as huge problems in the way America goes about its war-fighting mission and preparation.)
Temoca
I read this to supplement my WW1 unit and found a ton of material to add to my lessons. I think I had just about every other page sticky noted! Of course there were some pieces I skimmed over once I realized I would not be adding it to my curriculum, but those pieces were very few actually.

I wish I read this during the summer when I had more time to dig into it more. I might pick it back up and do just that this summer. If you like historical text, this is a great read for you.
Gretchen
social political history of making of the US military machine through the world war 1 MOBILIZATION. sad and illuminating. organization and power. a little longwinded in the american battle scenarios. got it. "American Expeditionary Forces" didnt know what they were doing but were very brave. the book's main point of intertwining the politics of the homefront is relentlessly argued to the benefit of the history of war in the twentieth century.
Mike
Oct 25, 2007 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those interested in America's role in WWI
Great study of America in World War I. It discusses the run up to the war, the mobilization of the military and their subsequent baptism by fire in France, effects on the home front, and the depressing aftermath of it all. It will make you realize the US had little to gain by entering this conflict.
Dogfood411
This was a very interesting look at the effect of the war on most of the US. It was easy to follow, covered enough of the other players to give it a broad view, and peppered in several interesting stories.
Jerald Gross
Jerald Gross marked it as to-read
Aug 23, 2015
Ennui_Allure
Ennui_Allure marked it as to-read
Jul 25, 2015
Crystal Chatham Housman
Crystal Chatham Housman marked it as to-read
Jul 05, 2015
Dora
Dora marked it as to-read
Jun 26, 2015
Constantine
Constantine marked it as to-read
Jun 11, 2015
Caitlin
Caitlin marked it as to-read
Jun 06, 2015
Mako
Mako marked it as to-read
May 23, 2015
Chris Hancock
Chris Hancock marked it as to-read
Feb 02, 2015
Maryann Depaola
Maryann Depaola marked it as to-read
Jan 03, 2015
Noora
Noora marked it as to-read
Nov 29, 2014
Terry
Terry marked it as to-read
Sep 23, 2014
Donna Germano
Donna Germano marked it as to-read
Sep 08, 2014
Wendy
Wendy marked it as to-read
Sep 06, 2014
Kat
Kat is currently reading it
Jul 08, 2014
Lindsey
Lindsey marked it as to-read
Jul 05, 2014
Marc
Marc marked it as to-read
Jun 16, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Soldiers of the Sun: The Rise and Fall of the Imperial Japanese Army The War Artists: British Official War Art Of The Twentieth Century A Pilgrim Soul The Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields Opera Today

Share This Book