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To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918 The Epic Battle That Ended the First World War Hardcover – January 8, 2008
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"Edward Lengel has filled an inexplicable gap in the American history of World War I with this vivid, deeply researched account of the Doughboys’ heroism – and agony – in the Argonne. Anyone interested in military history should have it on his bookshelf."—Thomas Fleming, author of The Illusion of Victory: America in World War I
“There have been several efforts by American authors since the Armistice of 1918 to retell the story of the American Army's engagement on the Western Front during the First World War. Ed Lengel's book is a superior achievement and will be greatly enjoyed both by experts and by the general reader.”—John Keegan
"Ed Lengel's account of how American doughboys died in their tens of thousands to end the First World War is one of the great war stories of all time. In Lengel's skilled hands, the last great battle of the Great War is both riveting and deeply affecting. Authoritative, vividly drawn, and packed with arresting anecdotes and new material, To Conquer Hell is destined to be a classic. I cannot recommend it highly enough."—Alex Kershaw, author of The Few and The Longest Winter
“An evocative narrative grounded in copious research and judicious historical assessments, Lengel’s book will probably become the standard work on this neglected epic.”—Publishers Weekly
“A harrowing episode in American military history, expertly recounted.”—Kirkus
"Exhaustively researched and elegantly written."—The Free Lance-Star
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Although I've traveled through some of this area in France I wasn't aware of war locations.
This book describes the terrain so well that I look forward to revisiting these places.
I knew of some of the characters - This well written, easy to read book brings it all together.
Edward Lengel clarifies a lot of history I thought I knew something about.
I really enjoy the ongoing subject of natinonalities being better warriors. I still think the Scots are the most fierce. Maybe that's because Scott wrote about nationalism.
As a Vietnam vet with a WW2 father, I found this book very real.
Thanks to the author for researching and writing this story.
Ray in California
As I read of Pershing's Phase 3 Offensive I was reminded of Joseph Balkoski's "Omaha Beach" and "Utah Beach". As the Doughboys of the 1st Division's 16th Infantry, the 29th Division's 116th and the 82nd Infantry Division assaulted the hills and ridges of the Meuse-Argonne I thought how 26 years later these same units (with the 82nd now morphed in the 82nd Airborne Division), filled with the G.I. sons of these very Doughboys, assaulted the beaches and hedgerows of Normandy. The fathers were certainly no less courageous than the sons and now, finally, their story is well-told.
because of the complex nature of this battle. Mr. Lengel has managed to achieve this.
I was fully engaged in his well researched, and skillfully written book. I was impressed by the massive amount of information this author had to sift through to put this book together. Good Job Mr. Lengel. The only thing I think that could have been helpful is a graphed time line on the Battle as it took place.
David L. ONeal
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