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To the Last Man A Novel of the First World War

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Common soldier would have been like There is a lot of war for Shaara to have packed into one book but I wish it would have been slightly longer in order to expand the experiences the eader walks through I never thought I d say that a 600 page book wasn t long enough If that isn t testament to how beautifully this novel was done I don t know what is I can t ecommend this novel enough I enjoyed every moment of this ead and if you are also a history buff I know you will too I m sure many Gods and Generals fans will disagree with me but I truly believe this to be Jeff Shaara s finest novel to date Although the first two thirds can be on the educational side with less action the #Fact That He Spent Any Time At All On Early #that he spent any time at all on early is extraordinary As my dad was a pilot I find the incredible achievements of the Red Baron awe inspiring for such primitive planes The first American combat pilots were euired to use machine guns placed on the oof so as not to disturb the propellersIt only gets better as the focus changes from the air to the ground As everyone begins to die around the main character you eally get a fell for what it was like for the WW1 soldier Gripping main character you The Extras really get a fell for what it was like for the WW1 soldier Gripping of the horrors of World War 1 From Black Jack Pershing who was the US Commander to a doughboy in the trenches and 2 airplane fighter pilots the story wove facts of actual people in the war with brilliant dialogue Was sad to finish the bookOne of the top 5 books in 2016 for me highlyecommended if you want to know about how the politics of fighting the war and the tremendous physical and mental pain that the soldiers went through The afterword about how the their lives played out was chilling To the Last Man was a frustrating Özgüven Öğrenilebilir read for me especially the first half of the book The author fell into the trap of writing WWI historical fiction about well known figures John Pershing the Red Baron and to a lesser extent about Patton and Von Hindenburg The book didn teally dispense much information on WWI or in the case of these figures approach the drama of at least a dozen great books on WW1 non fiction or fiction This is a serious book the drama of at least a dozen great books on WW1 non fiction or fiction This is a serious book the tone matches it so it is no amateur hack job The problem however with. Ell of a terrifying warIn the skies meanwhile technology has provided a devastating new tool the aeroplane and with it a different kind of hero emerges–the flying ace Soaring high above the chaos on the ground these solitary knights duel in the splendor and terror of the skies their courage and steel tested with every flightAs the conflict stretches into its third year a neutral America is goaded into war its Deutsche Sagen reluctant president Woodrow Wilson finally accepting theepeated challenges to his stance of nonalignment Yet the Americans are woefully unprepared and ill euipped to enter a war that has become worldwide in scope The esponsibility is placed on the shoulders of General John. I don t know too much about WWI so this was a pretty decent introduction However be aware that this mainly deals with Americans in the war so you miss a lot of what went on in the first 4 years before the US officially joined war so you miss a lot of what went on in the first 4 years before the US officially joined fightingThere were a few things I didn t like about this book I found the author s way of writing in short choppy connected phrases to be extremely distracting All of the main characters had the same kind of idealistic inner voice It was all a bit overly emotional to me though that s not uite the ight word The main characters do a lot of deep probing introspection that I m not sure Our Yanks real people actually doIf you veead a lot about WWI then this book may not appeal to you but if you Rua re just starting out you wouldn t be too off the mark starting here Only Jeff Shaara can take a possible info dump and mold it into a gripping and captivating novel To the Last Manecounts the experiences of American and German troops in the air the trenches and command during The Great War We intimately follow Black Jack Pershing an American Marine in the trenches the Red Baron and American pilot Lufbery to develop a better understanding of the eal plights and thoughts of those involved in the War to End All Wars I cannot express this enough I espect this work with every fiber of my being Shaara esearched each of the men this novel follows extensively It shows The images created are so vivid I ve yet to ead a historical book that has put me into the The Shoes Of The Men Who Have shoes of the men who have the event discussed like this Shaara uses just enough creative liberties to make this novel West Winds of Wyoming read just so but does not sacrifice historical accuracy in the slightest It is absolutely wonderfully written That being said one star is missing from thisating This star was taken away because a book this stupendous can afford to be ated critically The missing star is due to a craving left unsatisfied within this novel I understand that Shaara writes his novels to put American history in the limelight but I so wish that some of this novel followed a German foot soldier The chapters dedicated #to The Red Baron where phenomenal but they did not shed very much light to what the life of the. #The Red Baron where phenomenal but they did not shed very much light to what the life of the. Shaara has enthralled eaders with his New York Times bestselling novels set during the Civil War and the American Revolution Now the acclaimed author turns to World War I bringing to life the sweeping emotional story of the war that devastated a generation and established America as a world powerSpring 1916 the horror of a stalemate on Europe’s western front France and Great Britain are on one side of the barbed wire a fierce German army is on the other Shaara opens the window onto the otherworldly tableau of trench warfare as seen through the eyes of a typical British soldier who experiences the bizarre and the horrible–a “Tommy” whose innocent youth is cast into the Selecting well known figures and attributing all the fictional dialogue to them is that the characters must be drawn exceptionally well for there to be any point of it I them is that the characters must be drawn exceptionally well for there to be any point of it I of only a handful of authors who have done this well Gore Vidal and Robert Graves to name a few There is a lot of information about the Red Baron already available Pershing even won a Pulitzer prize for his autobiography of the war Unfortunately for Shaara his endering of their personalities etc was unconvincing In the case of the Red Baron I am not convinced that the author knows much of anything About WWI Aerial Combat Or At Least WWI aerial combat or at least to describe it in lyrical terms that isn t so dry and factual There are other books on aerial combat and flight mostly from other war periods that are captivating The one area in this book that shines is the story that follows the fictional or at least anonymous character Pvt Roscoe Temple Temple is a farm boy from the South who fights his way through Belleau Wood and the Meuse Argonne battles The character was well drawn and Shaara s descriptions about trench warfare no mans land and the other horrors of war that esulted from these late war offensives were top notch and convincingJeff Shaara has the tools of war that Courting Scandal resulted from these late war offensives were top notch and convincingJeff Shaara has the tools a serious writer and has written many best sellers It seems however that this book is in that milieu of Newt Gingrich and Bill O Reilly type of historical fiction that I don t especially care for There are many different points of view presented If the book had focused on one anonymous soldier from each side it would have been much better for theeasons stated above I give the book three starsHere is my anked list of books on WW1 that I can highly ecommend all 5 stars 1 Good Bye to All That An Autobiography by Robert Graves2 The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen3 All uiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Enriue4 The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman5 The Zimmerman Telegram by Barbara Tuchman6 The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart7 The War Poems by Siegfried Sassoon8 The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford9 Death of a Hero by Richard Aldington10 A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway11 The Curse of the Narrows The Halifax Explosion of 1917 by Laura M MacDonal. “Blackjack” Pershing and by mid 1917 the first wave of the American Expeditionary Force arrives in Europe Encouraged by the bold spirit and strength of the untested Americans the world waits to see if the tide of war can finally be turnedFrom Blackjack Pershing to the Marine in the trenches from the Red Baron to the American pilots of the Lafayette Escadrille To the Last Man is written with the moving vividness and accuracy that characterizes all of Shaara’s work This spellbinding new novel carries eaders–the way only Shaara can–to the heart of one of the greatest conflicts in human history and puts them face to face with the characters who made a lasting impact on the wor. .