Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Toward the Flame: A Memoir of World War I” as Want to Read:
Toward the Flame: A Memoir of World War I
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Toward the Flame: A Memoir of World War I

by
4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  50 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Considered by many to be the finest American combat memoir of the First World War, Hervey Allen’s Toward the Flame vividly chronicles the experiences of the Twenty-eighth Division in the summer of 1918. Made up primarily of Pennsylvania National Guardsmen, the Twenty-eighth Division saw extensive action on the Western Front. The story begins with Lieutenant Allen and his m ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by University of Nebraska Press (first published 1926)
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 Toward the Flame, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Toward the Flame

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria RemarqueRegeneration by Pat BarkerGoodbye to All That by Robert GravesA Farewell to Arms by Ernest HemingwayBirdsong by Sebastian Faulks
World War One Literature
72nd out of 175 books — 306 voters
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria RemarqueA Farewell to Arms by Ernest HemingwayGoodbye to All That by Robert GravesAshenden by W. Somerset MaughamParade's End by Ford Madox Ford
Vintage Novels & Memoirs About World War I
31st out of 121 books — 37 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Bobbi
Sep 12, 2010 Bobbi rated it really liked it
Shelves: warfare, nonfiction
This is an astonishing memoir, even if you aren't particularly interested in WW I. It was written by Lieutenant Hervey Allen in 1918. He was in a National Guard unit that was called up and was poorly trained, although that really didn't matter in the situation in which they found themselves. As it says on the back of the book, it's "considered by many to be the finest American combat memoir of the First World War" and with good reason. It is "clear-eyed and unsentimental" and was written during ...more
Edward Sullivan
Feb 23, 2014 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs, world-war-1
A gripping, vividly detailed, unsentimental combat memoir by an American soldier who served on the Western Front.
Bert
Apr 25, 2014 Bert rated it it was amazing
Obviously a classic book about the Great World War. I didn't realize they were using poison gas until the end of the War.
Jess
Sep 19, 2013 Jess rated it it was amazing
Could not put this book down. A gripping account of what our soldiers endured during WWI. Even the moments of leisure grab the reader's attention.
Michael- Berry
Apr 18, 2016 Michael- Berry rated it it was amazing
One of the better known and better written WWI memoirs.
Patrick
Feb 11, 2013 Patrick rated it it was amazing
A fascinating look at WWI from someone who was there. Up close and personal.
Fredrika Engblom
Fredrika Engblom rated it really liked it
Apr 21, 2015
Ward Westray
Ward Westray rated it really liked it
Mar 29, 2014
Faribasimin
Faribasimin rated it did not like it
Oct 01, 2012
Kiki Bussell
Kiki Bussell rated it it was amazing
Jan 07, 2015
Bill Mullen
Bill Mullen rated it liked it
Jun 30, 2014
Edward Lengel
Edward Lengel rated it it was amazing
Feb 12, 2009
Matthew Demm
Matthew Demm rated it liked it
Mar 10, 2015
Harrison
Harrison rated it really liked it
Dec 28, 2015
Cayla Green
Cayla Green rated it really liked it
Oct 06, 2011
Larry
Larry rated it it was amazing
Jan 16, 2010
Bill M.
Bill M. rated it liked it
Jul 29, 2008
Jeremy
Jeremy rated it really liked it
May 10, 2012
Ian
Ian rated it it was amazing
Sep 29, 2012
Tom
Tom rated it really liked it
Aug 18, 2015
Pretty Predictable
Pretty Predictable rated it it was amazing
Aug 26, 2016
Cj
Cj rated it liked it
Jun 30, 2016
Kevin
Kevin rated it it was amazing
Jan 04, 2011
Daniel
Daniel rated it it was amazing
Sep 17, 2014
Joe Creason
Joe Creason rated it really liked it
Mar 06, 2015
Oriolesmagic7686
Oriolesmagic7686 rated it liked it
Nov 08, 2009
Timothy Bazzett
Timothy Bazzett rated it really liked it
Aug 27, 2016
Dan Fuhr
Dan Fuhr rated it it was amazing
Jan 28, 2016
Shawn Murphy
Shawn Murphy rated it it was amazing
Mar 09, 2016
 Dr. Michael Galvin
Dr. Michael Galvin rated it really liked it
Nov 28, 2008
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Born William Hervey Allen. 1915 University of Pittsburgh graduate. In WWI served as a Lieutenant in the 28th (keystone) Division, US Army and fought in the Aisne-Marne offensive July-August, 1918. He wrote "Toward the Flame" (1926), a nonfictional account of his experiences in the war.

Allen is best known for his work Anthony Adverse, a 1933 bestseller. He also planned a series of novels about colo
...more
More about Hervey Allen...

Share This Book