The Last Days of Innocence: America at War, 1917-1918

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Random House, 1997 - History - 573 pages
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The Great War was the gateway through which our grandparents passed from the relative innocence of the nineteenth century into our own troubled, uncertain era. Many of the giants of American history fought this war: Wilson, Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Marshall, Patton, MacArthur, and, feeding on fear of the growing communist menace, J. Edgar Hoover. It was a seminal period in the history of the United States and the world. But the American side of the story has remained largely untold, America's contribution to the war maligned or ignored, both at home and in Europe. Nineteen ninety-seven marks the eightieth anniversary of America's entry into the war. This book combines American, British, and French archival material to present a fresh and modern evaluation of America's performance - and the scars the experience of war left behind.

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User Review  - setnahkt - LibraryThing

Fascinating but perhaps a little suspect. Authors Mehrion and Susie Harries are interesting choices for a book about U.S. involvement in World War One; neither is a historian (Mehrion is a lawyer and ... Read full review

THE LAST DAYS OF INNOCENCE: America at War, 1917-1918

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A lively and persuasive history of America's experience in WW I, stressing the impact of that immense struggle on the nation's identity, by a prolific husband-and-wife writing team (Soldiers of the ... Read full review


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Harries studied law at Cambridge University and worked as an attorney in Japan and Hong Kong before taking up his appointment as deputy director-general of the Society of Authors. He is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and of the Executive Committee of English PEN.

Harries studied classics at Cambridge and Oxford universities, and worked for several years in the Independent Commission Against Corruption in Hong Kong.

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