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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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An excellent primer on the AEF.

As epic as the story may be, Eisenhower Jr. wasn't afraid to take the "America won the war" crowd down a notch. The biggest achievement of the AEF lay not in its martial feats, but in its very conception & logistical support. To be exact, he refuses to answer the measure of its 'contribution' to victory in the Great War and focuses instead on the unquestionable merit.

The creation of a vast Supply Services network stretching from designated Channel ports to the
Dec 22, 2014 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 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.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Clear writing and follows the American armed forces involvement in the Western Front. Detailed understanding of the political dimension of American military actions. The writing is well-paced and keeps the reader engaged while weaving together elements of the story. My second book focused on the war and my first focused on the Americans in the war - I came away with a much clearer picture of the action, the heroism, and the amazing feat of the American fighting force. It seems a bit cliche that ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: junk
A rather poor written text that does quite a lot of damage by the uninspired word choice. But this is the son of a powerful general and than president so he must be qualified, right? And his wife too. In fact this is more like an attempt to cash in the name and drum in some patriotism at the same time.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwi
Although I enjoy reading war histories, I have no romantic illusions about war or the life of a soldier. And once in a while I stumble across books that really emphasize - whether deliberately or not - that war is hell. Yes, there is bravery and heroism, but sometimes it's just death and destruction. The First World War was especially one of those odd contrasts: whitewashed at the time with plenty of romanticism, and yet the reality was so much pointless devastation both of people and the land.

Gerry Germond
The book’s full title is Yanks: The Epic Story of the American Army in World War I (as an aside, How does one punctuate the second line in a title [“The Epic…” here]?). The operative word here is “story.” This is a narrative history of, mainly, the American Expeditionary Force (AEF), 1917-1919, and it’s a pleasant and easy enough read. This year, 2017, is the centennial of the United States’ active participation and this book serves as a fine introduction to its subject, without getting too deep ...more
Dec 21, 2008 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
Jan 08, 2015 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
Jul 29, 2011 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.
Joe Macdonald
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story of the coordination of France Great Britain and the U.S. Pershing fights to keep his troops under indepedant leadership. long on the brass tacks lacking a bit on the personal touch. maps are always my pet peeve with history novels this story needed better maps. military purists will enjoy
Nov 14, 2007 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.
Oct 25, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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.

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.
Carl Bailey
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better WWI books to be found.
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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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