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Behind the Lines: WWI's Little-Known Story of German Occupation, Belgian Resistance, and the Band of Yanks Who Saved Millions from Starvation

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This book has earned a coveted Kirkus Star Review (www.kirkusreviews.com). The last sentence of the review states: "An excellent history that should catapult Miller to the top tier of popular historians." During World War I, the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) initiated, organized, and supervised the largest food and relief drive the world had ever seen. Working in ...more
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Published September 16th 2014 by Jbm Publishing Company
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Daniel Pratt It's a very enjoyable read--clear, well written, and well paced. The author does a great job of balancing the accounts of people we may have heard of…moreIt's a very enjoyable read--clear, well written, and well paced. The author does a great job of balancing the accounts of people we may have heard of (Herbert Hoover, of course, and the other Americans involved in the story) with those of the folks we wouldn't know about (specifically, his Belgian grandmother and her family).


(In the interest of full disclosure: I was involved with the production of this book—my company designed the page layout—so it's possible I'm biased toward the book. But I really did enjoy it!)(less)
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Jill Hutchinson
I have put this book aside for reading later. It is not a book to read while reading two others at the same time as it needs full concentration. It starts out very well and I will return to it.
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Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The centennial anniversary of World War I produced numerous evaluations of the conflict that brought horrific technology to the battlefield and left Europe totally reconfigured and created the ground work for World War II, and the disintegration of the Middle East today. Among the many new books that appeared in 2014 most dealt with the economic, political, and diplomatic components that drove Europe to war in August, 1914, its conduct, and its final conclusion. Few have explored the humanitaria ...more
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Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The famous German brutality of WWII was first practiced in Belgium during WWI. By the time of World War I, Belgium was the most industrialized country in Europe, and the most densely populated. It imported 75% of its food.

The Germans kicked off their war by marching through Belgium to get into France and capture Paris. They didn’t expect the Belgians to display nationalistic feeling when they were already divided ethnically, and the Germans were shocked when the Belgians resisted their advance.

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Fascinating story, superb writing, in-depth research. Can't wait to read the second in the series-
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Jeffrey B. Miller has been a writer, editor, and author for nearly forty years. His career includes starting six magazines (city, regional, and national), being editor-in-chief of five inflight magazines, and director of communications for AAA Colorado. He is also the author of Stapleton International Airport: The First Fifty Years (Pruett Publishing, Boulder, CO, 1983), which was the first histor ...more
“Kirkus Star Review stated of Behind the Lines: "An excellent history that should catapult Miller to the top tier of popular historians.” 0 likes
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