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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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By Amazon Customer on 12-10-14
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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