Pershing

Pershing

General of the Armies
Donald Smythe, edited by Donald Smythe
Distribution: World
Publication date: 01/24/2007
Format: Paperback 37 b&w photos, 13 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-21924-4
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The product of nearly 25 years of research, Pershing: General of the Armies remains one of the most authoritative biographies of the man known as "Black Jack." Newly appointed head of the American Expeditionary Forces, Pershing sailed for Europe in May 1917. Once in France, he set about the task of building an army. By October the Americans were at the front and over the next year became involved in increasingly significant battles, all vividly recounted here: Cantigny, Chateau-Thierry, Belleau Wood, Soissons, St. Mihiel, and the 47-day slugfest in the Meuse-Argonne. Although the impact of the American forces on the outcome of the war has been much debated, there is no question that the troops acquitted themselves well under Pershing’s command. Pershing’s postwar life included an unsuccessful run for president, a stint as Chief of Staff, and a secret romance with a French woman 34 years younger than he; nonetheless, his influence as a leader extended into World War II.

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“"A model of military biography and a major contribution to our knowledge of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I." -Allan R. Millet The product of nearly 25 years of research, Pershing: General of the Armies remains one of the most authoritative accounts of the man who dominated America's role in World War I and whose influence extended into World War II.”

“A model of military biography and a major contribution to our knowledge of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. ”
 — Allan R. Millet

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