Until the Last Trumpet Sounds by Gene Smith
The Life of General of the Armies John J. Pershing

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Critical Praise for Gene Smith On Until the Last Trumpet Sounds

"The best recent compact study of the commander of the American Expeditionary Force of World War I." Booklist

"A six-star effort . . . captures Pershing better than anyone has before." The Grand Rapids Press

On The Shattered Dream

"A storyteller of history, Gene Smith is one of the very best in his field." The Washington Post

On When the Cheering Stopped

"A brilliantly written and dramatically effective work of history . . . Smith is a prodigious researcher, an artful writer." The New York Times

On American Gothic

"A ripping good tale . . . the story rivets you. You can t put the book down." The New York Times Book Review

About Gene Smith

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GENE SMITH is the bestselling author of When the Cheering Stopped: The Last Years of Woodrow Wilson. His other books include The Shattered Dream: Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression and, most recently, the acclaimed American Gothic: The Story of America's Legendary Theatrical Family--Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth. He writes the "American Characters" column in American Heritage.
Published May 2, 2008 by Wiley. 392 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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And it is here that Smith's biography falls short, by failing to address the rationales behind Pershing's behavior as head of the American Expeditionary Force, a position in which he demonstrated little of the humanity apparent in his earlier career.

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First, since Black Jack's best biographies are multivolume, this book serves as a quick reference that captures the fundamentals of Pershing's life.

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He commanded black troopers of the 10th Cavalry (Buffalo Soldiers) on the frontier, battled Moro insurgents in the steamy Philippine jungles, led the unsuccessful pursuit of Pancho Villa in Mexico in 1916, and whipped the raw, ill-equipped American Expeditionary Force into shape so that it could ...

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