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Two years ago at Hotel Jardin du mess in Verdun, I had the privilege of meeting the author. At the time, I was trying to visit the cemeteries and battlefields of WWI where the Americans fought. It was a monumental task that resulted in four visits over four years and I still was not able to put events into perspective. This comprehensive book was a factual insight into all aspects of the before, during, and after significance of the American First Army and later, First Army Group during 47 days of intense combat. Especially noteworthy were the personal insights from the vantage points of all ranks from Privates to Prime Ministers and their personal and moving experiences. It was well done in all regards !
Narrator had great 'radio voice' and it was a pleasure to listen, no shrill or irritating tones were present.
Really informative and written in a journalistic voice which makes the material seem dryly 'matter-of-fact'
at times. However, the recounting of the events of the 'great war', called for a linear retelling of people, places and events. The author was not taking sides in retrospect and avoids the temptation to editorialize over what one party may have done to the other in the first 'global conflict'.
Overall a worthwhile read.