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From Publishers Weekly

Starting from near zero, the U.S. and Gen. John Pershing created a war-winning army in less than 18 months; veteran historian Eisenhower (Agent of Destiny, etc.) tells how they did it in this fast-paced narrative. A retired brigadier general in the army reserves, Eisenhower (writing here with spouse Joanne) presents the U.S. involvement in the war from the perspective of statesmen and generals. Even for combat color, he focuses primarily on senior officers: Douglas MacArthur and George Patton, with his insouciant courage under fire; George C. Marshall; and lesser-known figures like Charles Summerall, who threw a whole army's rear echelons into compound confusion in order to give the 1st Infantry Division a chance to capture Sedan in the war's final days. That kind of drive and energy was necessary given America's almost complete military unpreparedness. It took almost a year for the U.S. Army to put a single division of the American Expeditionary Force into battle. Without denying the administrative problems and the casualties caused by inexperience and improvisation, Eisenhower stresses the Americans' high learning curves at all levels. He argues as well that Pershing was an effective commander even in the Argonne campaign, the one most often cited as bringing the AEF nearly to gridlock, making a remarkably clear presentation of that confusing combat. Eisenhower sympathizes with Pershing's belief that the armistice was a mistake, that even a few days more might have convinced the Germans they had, in fact, been defeated in the field. It remains an arguable position, but the AEF emerges from these pages as the decisive instrument of an incomplete victory. (June 4)Forecast: The Eisenhower name, both presidential and military historical (John S.D. is the son of Dwight David), will draw readers to this title, which is suitable for generalists and buffs alike. The latter, however, will be more likely to take this blow-by-blow account all the way to the register.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

This history focuses entirely on the challenges, victories, sacrifices (320,500 casualties), and long-term consequences of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in Europe during World War I. According to Eisenhower (brigadier general, ret.; Agent of Destiny: The Life and Times of General Winfield Scott), the AEF was originally meant to be amalgamated with the Allied armies in Europe, but through the stubborn insistence of the Wilson administration and Gen. "Black" Jack Pershing, the Americans fought under their own colors. This well-written work demonstrates how a small, ill-equipped force grew into an awesome fighting machine and was led to victory after victory (Marne, Ch teau-Thierry, Belleau Wood, Soissons, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne) by a gifted, opportunistic corps of officers eager to prove themselves and their units. Battlefield accounts are enlivened with evocative recollections from the diaries and memoirs of officers and doughboys alike. Eisenhower contends that the AEF's contributions in France ranged from cowering the Central Powers into submission in 1918 to serving as an indispensable military model for World War II. This soundly researched effort, which would have benefited only from the inclusion of AEF engagement maps, includes Eisenhower's explanatory endnotes as an extra bonus. Recommended for all general and academic libraries. John Carver Edwards, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 5848 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (September 14, 2001)
  • Publication Date: September 14, 2001
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YCOX3Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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By R. A Forczyk VINE VOICE on May 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
Yanks is an interesting, well-written account of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in France during the First World War. Eisenhower, a retired brigadier general and son of the president, provides a broad-brush summary of American participation in the war that will certainly satisfy the general reader. However, given the number of other books on this same subject, Yanks offers nothing of unique value. The author adds nothing to his "epic story" that distinguishes it from other books on this subject. The narrative is far too generalized for readers with greater background in the First World War, and omits too much to classify as a comprehensive history of even its own subject, the AEF.
Yanks consists of three major sections that cover the creation of the AEF, the AEF's initial battles in France and the AEF's independent operations. The narrative itself consists of 23 short chapters, which are well supported by 16 maps. A brief appendix on US mobilization, notes and bibliography conclude the volume. The author has invested considerable research in this work and there are no significant historical errors. Much of the author's focus is on General Pershing, commander of the AEF, and in fact this book might have been called, "General Pershings' War." Most of the narrative focuses on high-level leaders and operations, although the author takes the time to point out the contributions of fighting men like Alvin C. York and Sam Woodfill. Eisenhower's descriptions of the St Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne operations are succinct but accurate.
The biggest problem with Yanks - and one that greatly reduces its value - is that it really only covers the American divisions that fought directly under General Pershing's command.
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Format: Hardcover
GEN John D. Eisenhower (USMA'44)'s latest contribution to military history, YANKS, is a worthy addition to the libraries of anyone interested in World War I. As with his previous fine efforts (Bitter Woods, So Far From God, and Agent of Destiny), General Eisenhower's literary skills make for an "easy" read. The book is editorially well-written. More importantly for military historians, the book is exhaustively researched; drawing on numerous official sources and private papers. The book is extensively footnoted and has an impressive bibliography including several recent efforts on World War I. The book contains the all-important maps critical for understanding and "seeing" the numerous battles which are vividly portrayed. The book also offers numerous photographs drawn from official sources and individuals.
The book offers a good balance of official history combined with narration of the individuals' contributions to the US involvement in "The War to End All Wars." General Eisenhower offers his insights into the U.S. Army, the combat commanders, the conduct of the war and the personalities involved in the political struggle among the Allies concerning the U.S. effort.
In sum, a fine effort.
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This was an excellent overview of the American AEF experience in World War One. I am now editing my Father's combat notebook from the period, and find that General John Eisenhower's overview supplies a broad perspective that is needed to understand these events. Much has been lost over the years, but this book fills in the big picture. Of particular value is his explanation of General Pershing's laying out supply routes and training camps in 1917, in preparation for the huge American buildup. The payoff is that Chateau Thierry, the Argonne Forest, and Pont a Mousson are more interesting and vivid once the"whys" are filled in. The large picture brings everything to life.
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If you want to know what was "Over There" this is the book for you. Now when I say over there I am not talking about recent wars. I am talking about the first "Big One", World War One. This book focuses on just the American involvement in the war. I think all to often Americans forget about the heroic sacrifice of those people and of their contribution to the country we still reap benefits from.

The story of the dough boys is quite extraordinary. This book brings just a little bit of that story to life. The book will give the reader a good broad understanding of what the Army did in the war. You get a good review of the events and some of the personalities involved in the story. There is more to the tale than just General Pershing.

The story is really something incredible. When Congress declared war in 1917 the Army, all parts active, reserve, National Guard was just only 200,000 people spread out all over the world. The Army grew in a mere 18 months to a force of 4 million. Such growth in such a short period of time really exceeds the World War Two story. The biggest unit the Army operated in the field with prior to the war was maybe a regiment of a few thousand. By the end of the war Pershing had Armies operating in the field. While this is happening there was an on going war and strong Allied pressure to dismember the Army to fit their agenda. One man, General Pershing had to make sense of all of this and guide actions towards victory. This book gives you a good understanding of just what he did.

Also in the story you see other things. Any military history fan will see some familiar names in the script. The big wigs of World War II, Marshall, MacArthur, Patton all got their start in World War One. You can see how the experiences of one war shaped how they fought in the next.

So if you want to see what was behind the George Cohan song "Over There" get this book. It is an enjoyable read.
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