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This book completes Smythe's biography of John J. Pershing. His first volume was Guerrilla Warrior (1973). Smythe's is the second modern two-volume biography of the general; the other is Frank E. Vandiver's Black Jack: the life and times of John J. Pershing ( LJ 10/1/77). Smythe and Vandiver agree that Pershing put his mark on the American Expeditionary Force that helped turn the tide to the Allies' favor in World War I. Smythe argues that Pershing was almost overwhelmed by his multiple jobssupervisor of logistics, field commander, and diplomat who blocked amalgamation of U.S. units with British and French divisions. While Smythe's book is more thoroughly researched in primary sources than Vandiver's, Vandiver's is the more sprightly written. General readers may prefer Vandiver; scholars may prefer Smythe. Highly recommended for all college and large public libraries. Joseph G. Dawson, History Dept., Texas A&M Univ., College Station
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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

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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (January 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253219248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253219244
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on February 12, 2007
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It appears of late that there is an increasing interest in books about World War I. Books have appeared on individual battles and on specialized equipment such as tanks and aircraft. After all, this was the time when much of the foundation for the later wars was being derived.

This particular book by Donald Smythe covers Pershing during the World War I years. (Smythe covers Gen. Pershing's earlier life in the previous book: Guerrilla Warror.) This book was written in the late 1980's, and just reprinted now.During this time Pershing had to build the army and assuage the commanders of the British and French forces who wanted the Americans to come into their armies as replacment soldiers under British or French commanders.

This was the first time that a large army would be sent by the Americans to fight on land beyond the oceans. The Americans had a lot to learn on the battlefield and in the conference room, but learn it they did. And they applied this learning in another European was a generation later.

As a measure of the tribute to be paid to Pershing, when he died in 1948, the funeral procession was led by sixteen American generals marching in the rain. At the head of the generals were Eisenhower and Bradley.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter F. Brown on June 13, 2011
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This is a very well written book. It sheds light on much of the turmoil that accompanied Pershings work in setting up the AEF in WWI. Highly recommended.
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By MickM on February 27, 2015
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I bought this book looking for a good broad biography of Pershing. This is a good biography of Pershing during the WWI years. If you want something about Pershing's pre-war or post-war life this book is not it. As far as a war time record, it is a delightful and satisfying read. There is a nice balance of Pershing's personal actions and the activities of the AEF. The book provides a good idea of Pershing's style and personality during this period, as well as the tensions and issues in the AEF and with the Allies. Although I still want to find good general biography, I can recommend this book for someone focusing on WWI or Pershing during that specific period.
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Great history well researched and written. I recommend this book highly to anyone interested in reading about one of the leading generals in World War One. Thoroughly enjoyable and informative reading.
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By CharlesG on April 13, 2014
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A great read about a true American hero. This man is a true part of American culture and the loss we now share as a country by not teaching history to our youngsters.....
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