To the Last Man by Jeff Shaara
A Novel of the First World War

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 4 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

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.
 

About Jeff Shaara

See more books from this Author
Michael Shaara was born in Jersey City in 1928 and graduated from Rutgers University in 1951. His early science fiction short stories were published in Galaxy magazine in 1952. He later began writing other works of fiction and published more than seventy short stories in many magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, and Redbook. His first novel, The Broken Place, was published in 1968. But it was a simple family vacation to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1964 that gave him the inspiration for his greatest achievement, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Killer Angels, published in 1974. Michael Shaara went on to write two more novels, The Noah Conspiracy and For Love of the Game, which was published after his death in 1988.Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of A Chain of Thunder, A Blaze of Glory, The Final Storm, No Less Than Victory, The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, and Gone for Soldiers, as well as Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure-two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University. He lives again in Tallahassee.
 
Published October 26, 2004 by Ballantine Books. 784 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for To the Last Man

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Beyond some canned textbook tidbits, there’s not much in the way of historical analysis here—unlike his father Michael, Jeff has little knack for rendering a historical period’s mindset or the inner forces that drive its people—the better to churn out more square-jawed action for the armchair gen...

Sep 15 2004 | Read Full Review of To the Last Man: A Novel of t...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Moving on from the American Revolution and the Civil War, Shaara (The Glorious Cause , etc.) delivers an epic account of the American experience in WWI.

Oct 11 2004 | Read Full Review of To the Last Man: A Novel of t...

Book Reporter

Much has been written about WWII and the Civil War,.

Jan 23 2011 | Read Full Review of To the Last Man: A Novel of t...

Military.com

ISBN: 0-345-46134-7 Unlike World War II - the consensus "Good War" - Americans have always felt conflicted about World War I.

| Read Full Review of To the Last Man: A Novel of t...

Reader Rating for To the Last Man
85%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 393 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×