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The Battle of the Meuse-Argonne stands as the deadliest clash in American history: More than a million untested American soldiers went up against a better-trained and more experienced German army, costing more than 26,000 deaths and leaving nearly 100,000 wounded. Yet, in 47 days of intense combat, those Americans pushed back the enemy and forced the Germans to surrender, bringing the First World War to an end - a feat the British and the French had not achieved after more than three years of fighting.
In Forty-Seven Days, historian Mitchell Yockelson tells how General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing's exemplary leadership led to the unlikeliest of victories. Appointed commander of the American Expeditionary Forces by President Wilson, Pershing personally took command of the US First Army until supplies ran low and the fighting ground came to a stalemate. Refusing to admit defeat, Pershing stepped aside and placed gutsy Lieutenant General Hunter Liggett in charge. While Pershing retained command, Liggett reorganized his new unit, resting and resupplying his men, while instilling a confidence in the doughboys that drove them out of the trenches and across no-man's-land.
©2016 Mitchell Yockelson (P)2016 Tantor
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By Calvin Guthrie on 08-16-17


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.

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By Stephen on 06-07-17

Forty-Seven Days - AEF

Performance: Very good, no issues.

Content: Given that we are in the centennial of WWI, there are no shortages of new and re-printed books of this conflict. I wanted to read about the AEF since there was, and I assume there still is, controversy about the mistakes and achievements of AEF and General Pershing's leadership. My best take away was how on difficult it was for him to deploy, train, equip, and send into the battle US forces, independently, or with allied forces. I am still not sure if his decisions were correct but I see from this book the great difficulty on his mind and body he had in commanding such a large force in this new war.

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