Edward G. Lengel

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Although I’ve spent the greater part of my career as a professional military historian, my passion is as a storyteller, walking through ancient lands, sites and battlefields in my own hiking boots. I strive to capture that feeling in my writing, tours, and presentations to reduce the distance between our present and our collective past.

From the tough realities of military history to the passions and interests of our first president, I aim to write history that’s trustworthy, but what I really want to hear, to read, to write are simply cracking good stories. In addition to writing, I frequently give tours and talks. Sign for newsletter updates on my website.

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Edward G. Lengel Good question. I have seen this anecdotally in a number of cases but have not done the primary source research to see if the anecdotes are verifiable.…moreGood question. I have seen this anecdotally in a number of cases but have not done the primary source research to see if the anecdotes are verifiable. I also can’t recall off hand if Robert Ferrell gave credence to this in his excellent book on the 35th Division. It may be that the “elections” were informal in some way, but to be honest it does seem odd that this would have been taking place in 1917.(less)
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Boxer Benny Leonard and the Lost Battalion

An episode from my upcoming book: Never in Finer Company The Men of the Lost Battalion and the Transformation of America by Edward G. Lengel

Benny Leonard was born in a Jewish ghetto on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1896. Just a month after his twenty-first birthday, he became lightweight champion of the world. Next, he taught New York City’s own 77th “Metropolitan” Division how to fight.

The United States entered World War I by declaring war on Germany on April 6, 1917. That was the easy part. America lac... Read more of this blog post »
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