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

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Fought far from home, World War I was nonetheless a stirring "American" adventure. The achievements of the United States during that war, often underrated by military historians, were in fact remarkable, and they turned the tide of the conflict. So says John S. D. Eisenhower, one of today's most acclaimed military historians, in his sweeping history of the Great War and th ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 4th 2001 by Free Press (first published 2001)
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Dec 29, 2014 Checkman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: military history buffs
John Eisenhower was a prolific military historian during his lifetime. He made something of a specialty covering America's lesser known military involvements such as The Mexican-American War and our ground troop commitment to the Western Front during World War One.

Mr. Eisehnower's writing was professional, well researched and easy to read. He was a solid middle of the road historian who examined the events and wrote about them. He was not a historian with any ideolological issues to push.

Dave Hoff
Dec 30, 2013 Dave Hoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
IKE's son John wrote a powerful book telling of American's involvement in World War One. From 1917 til end of 1918 Gen. Pershing not only directed fighting the Germans, but politically the British & the French. He was no politician, but contrary to Allied wishes, he insisted Americans fight as an American Army. Good military history of tactics & infighting among allies. Basically it was the classroom for future generals of WW2.
Jan 10, 2009 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent book about the American involvement in World War I. I found it most interesting to read about the lives of some of the great generals of World War II and how they became respected warriors in the military through tough fighting and rough conditions in the Great War. Marshall, Patton, and Macarthur are just a few mentioned with great detail. I was kind of surprised at how "little" the American involvement really was, but the author shows how in that small time frame how the war was ultim ...more
Carl Bailey
Feb 04, 2014 Carl Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better WWI books to be found.
Feb 26, 2015 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good concise overview of the formation of an American army and all the modern processes such as a Chief of Staff that carried through to WW2 and onward.
Does get into some detail on the particular division movements for each battle that the American forces were involved in particularly in 1917/1918. Overall a good intro to the next level of understanding American military participation in WW1. Also gets into the personalities and interactions of the commanding officers.
Matt Howard
Jan 21, 2015 Matt Howard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very well written book that covered the American experience in WWI very well. This is not a subject that I knew much about before reading this book, and came away from it feeling much more informed about what happened during the war, why the US became in involved, and actually what kind of involvement the American Expeditionary Force had in the war. It was easy to read without being overly boring.
Nov 14, 2007 Donald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the hardback. This book is a great starting off point for someone wanting to learn more about WWI. Rather than trying to absorb the whole war, its political causes, intrigue, etc., "Yanks" concentrates only on the building of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF). It gives the beginner and manageable piece of the war to digest and learn.
Michael Wasco
Few writers have delved into WWI for the Americans quite like this book. Well-writen, moving swiftly, with good insights into the military minds of the generals, this book brings the AEF to life in WWI. Belleau Wood may be a famous name but why? This book will begin to provide those answers.
Oct 25, 2007 thos. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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it looks like i am the only person who has read this book. it also appears that the americans didn't do jack during world war one.

the details and maps of the battles are some of the most informative i've seen.

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The son of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife Mamie, John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower was a retired United States Army officer who authored several books of military history. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium from 1969 to 1971.
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