To the Last Man

To the Last Man

A Novel of the First World War

Book - 2004 | First edition
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Jeff Shaara has enthralled readers 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 power.

Spring 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 hell of a terrifying war.

In 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 flight.

As the conflict stretches into its third year, a neutral America is goaded into war, its reluctant president, Woodrow Wilson, finally accepting the repeated challenges to his stance of nonalignment. Yet the Americans are woefully unprepared and ill equipped to enter a war that has become worldwide in scope. The responsibility is placed on the shoulders of General John “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 turned.

From 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 readers–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 world.

Baker & Taylor
In the spring of 1918, when a neutral America is goaded into World War I, the world waits to see if the tide of war can be turned with the renewed spirit and strength of the untested American Expeditionary Force, lead by General John "Blackjack" Pershing. 200,000 first printing.

& Taylor

In the spring of 1918, when America enters World War I, the world waits to see if the tide of war can be turned with the renewed spirit and strength of the untested American Expeditionary Force under General John "BlackJack" Pershing.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2004
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345461346
Branch Call Number: FIC Shaara, J 300.1 2004
Characteristics: xxix, 636 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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Oct 04, 2019

A slice of WWI as seen through the eyes of 4 men. Essentially it’s history with dialogue. The most interesting part of The Great War for me is aviation. 2 of the 4 men are pilots, so this book was perfect for me. But, it’s long & I’m a slow reader. I was ready for it to be over before it was.

Oct 03, 2017

Some parts were really quite good, however they were separated by ramblings. The two pilots, German and American made it to about the three quarter point in the book and then the young American soldier was introduced. I knew how the book would end (the Americans win the war) but I was curious as to how the author would wrap it up so I kept on reading. Not really recommended.

May 16, 2011

A stunning achievement; Shaara gives the reader a novel of the Great War that's outstanding. In combining multiple points of view, from both sides and from high ranks to the front line, he really outdoes himself.


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