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Sons of Freedom: The Forgotten American Soldiers Who Defeated Germany in World War I

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The definitive history of America's decisive role in World War I

The American contribution to World War I is one of the great stories of the twentieth century, and yet it has all but vanished from view. Historians have dismissed the American war effort as largely economic and symbolic. But as Geoffrey Wawro shows in Sons of Freedom, the French and British were on the verge
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Hardcover, 608 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Basic Books
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Craig Pearson
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I was quite happy when starting this book because it was very easy to read and the author clearly expressed the lead up to the United States involvement in World War I. As with any book about the war it became very complicated trying to keep up with all the battles, locations, combatants, and politicians. This book a better read than most but it does have some issues. The common term for American soldiers was Doughboys but the author utilized the rarely used term of Doughs throughout the book. V ...more
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Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Both sides, the Allies and the Central powers, couldn’t light fires because they’d be destroyed by artillery so they suffered in the wet mud and cold, many shoeless and diseased, in misery waiting to go over the top and die. One of many WWI facts I missed as a history major featured by Wawro in this awesome book. Didn’t understand how unprepared the US was and how many lives were lost due to troop charges barely supported by artillery, heavy guns or aircraft. US lives were simply traded for an A ...more
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Geoffrey Wawro is the General Olinto Mark Barsanti Professor of Military History at the University of North Texas, and Director of the UNT Military History Center. His primary area of emphasis is modern and contemporary military history, from the French Revolution to the present.