Best-selling military historian H. W. Crocker III turns his guns on the epic story of America's involvement in the First World War with TheYanks Are Coming! A Military History of the United States in World War I.
The year 2014 marks the centenary of the beginning of the Great War, and in Crocker's sweeping, American-focused account, listeners will learn:
- How George S. Patton, Douglas MacArthur, George C. Marshall (of the Marshall Plan), "Wild Bill" Donovan (future founder of the OSS, the World War II precursor to the CIA), Harry S. Truman, and many other American heroes earned their military spurs in during World War I
- Why, despite the efforts of the almost absurdly pacifistic administration of Woodrow Wilson, American involvement in the war was inevitable
- How the First World War was "the war that made the modern world" - sweeping away most of the crowned heads of Europe, redrawing the map of the Middle East, setting the stage for the rise of communism and fascism
- Why the First World War marked America's transition from a frontier power - some of our World War I generals had actually fought Indians - to a global superpower, with World War I generals like Douglas MacArthur living to see, and help shape, the nuclear age
- About the "Young Lions of the War" - heroes who should not be forgotten, like air ace Eddie Rickenbacker, Sergeant Alvin York (memorably portrayed by Gary Cooper in the Academy Award - winning movie Sergeant York), and all four of Theodore Roosevelt's sons (one of whom was killed)
Stirring and full of brilliantly told stories of men at war, The Yanks Are Coming! will be the essential audiobook for listeners interested in rediscovering America's role in the First World War on its 100th anniversary.
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Great book, all but forgotten part of US history
What made the experience of listening to The Yanks Are Coming! the most enjoyable?
The book concetrated on the people, not the timeline of the war. Too many histories simply tell what happened. By having a better understanding of the people that actually took part, we can learn more about their success and failures.
What did you like best about this story?
How the book showed how the main characters in the war came to be the people we only know by name.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Eddie Riddenbacher (sp?) and how he lived and conducted business. Very eye opening.
Any additional comments?
Very good book, the experience that America's future leaders gained in WWI is often overlooked. Well worth the time.
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- Clark Booth
Incredibly illuminating and exciting at once.
This work is truly replete with historical illumination for the student of history. I had been a lifelong student of World War II. When I read this book it opened up a new chapter in my own paradigm. It is hard to pick just one favorite part of this book. But if I were forced to do so I think it would be the numerous chapters with mini biographies of the key players of World War I. Theirs were distinguished contributions to history both during the war and after that were incredibly significant, even, dare I say monumental. No review of this book would be complete without a most favorable commentary about the incredibly gifted voice of the narrator, Robertson Dean. I was so impressed with his skill and the ease of listening to his voice that I went and purchased other audible books specifically because he was narrating them.
This work is a must have for any student of 20th century history.
Veryi in depth book on the causes of World War 1
Very good book on the causes of World War I and the progression of what happened there in the war and what happened to the people after the war.
The narration was great and kept your interests during the whole book.