The Doughboys by Gary Mead
America and the First World War

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The Doughboys were the more than three million men, many of them volunteers, recruited from the cities and farms of the United States, who traveled across the Atlantic to aid the Allies in the trenches and on the battlefields of World War I. Without their courage and determination, the outcome of the war would have been very different.

Drawing upon the often harrowing personal accounts of the soldiers of the AEF, The Doughboys establishes the pivotal role played by the Americans in the defeat of the Central powers in November 1918. Gary Mead brings together a rich selection of archive material in an engaging account that is part military history, part social analysis, part memoir. The Doughboys records the events of the war from the perspective of the United States, highlighting the crucial part played by the troops of the AEF and exposing the prickly, often turbulent relationship between the American and the Allied forces.

About Gary Mead

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Gary Mead was for ten years a journalist with the "Financial Times," and has worked extensively with the BBC; before which he lectured in English Literature in Poland. He is the author of the "Odyssey Illustrated Guide to South Africa,
Published November 1, 2000 by Overlook Hardcover. 478 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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Financial Times journalist Mead swings for the fences in his self-proclaimed attempt to rescue the experience of the two million men who served in France and Russia in 1917–18 from an odd ahistorical perspective that undeniably awards more veneration to tales of more recent, resonant wars.

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