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To the Last Man: A Novel of the First World War

de Jeff Shaara

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The horror of a stalemate on Europe's western front: France and Britain on one side of the desolate line of barbed wire, a powerful German army on the other. Jeff Sharra opens the window onto the otherworldly tableau of trench warfare through the eyes of a typical British soldier whose innocent youth is cast into the awful hell of a new and terrifying brand of war. In the air above, a new kind of hero emerges the flying ace. As the conflict enters its third year, a neutral America is goaded into battle, but is woefully unprepared. The responsibility is placed on the shoulders of General John Blackjack Pershing, and by spring 1918, the first wave of the American Expeditionary Force joins the fight in Europe. With the renewed spirit and strength of the untested Americans, the world waits to see if the tide of war can finally be turned.… (més)
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Títol:To the Last Man: A Novel of the First World War
Autors:Jeff Shaara
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Relative lengthy historical fiction about the 1st World War, but well worth the time it takes to finish. Shaara covers the war from various perspectives, from German flyers, including the famous "Red Baron", American volunteers flying for the French, the foot soldier, to the military and political leaders on both sides. Well researched, and more fact than fiction, making it an informative and insightful from American, French, English and German points of view. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
To the Last Man, by Jeff Shaara is the semi-fictional account of several men in World War I. The book covers two main three main areas of the war. The Lafayette Espadrille and The Red Baron, General Pershing, and a Marine; Private Rosco Temple.

The first section of the book lays the ground work and the second section brings the air war into play. The air war is covered from the point of view of French born America Raoul Lufberry telling the story of the Lafayette Espadrille and Baron von Richtofen telling the German side in alternating Chapters. The writing compelling, telling both personal thoughts and giving an history of events and information on the planes. It is easy to forget you are reading a novel and not reading a memoir.

In the middle of the second section General Pershing is introduced and becomes part of the alternating chapters. His story continues into the third section which primarily covers Private Roscoe Temple. As much as I am a sucker for Biplane stories in World War I, this Marine is much more taken in by Shaara's story of Pvt. Temple. First, Shaara does what few people outside of the Marine Corps do, and that is capitalize the “M” in Marine. Secondly, every story I heard from bootcamp was in the book “Retreat, hell we just got here.” to the Marines at Belleau Wood and the renaming of the woods in their honor. Shaara does a wonderful job of capturing the Marine spirit in the book. Everything from Marines complaining they are issued army uniforms without a Marine insignia bravery in battle. Pvt. Temple is a filler in a army squad that is mostly gunned down. The army sergeant wants the squad to hold their position because there are too many Germans to fight. Pvt Temple speaks up that if there are to many Germans we need to fix that. The sergeant is taken back and assumes Temple is an officer. Temple replies “ I'm not an officer, just a Marine.”

Overall a great read. ( )
  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
This is a re-telling of a familiar story told in Shaara's particular style of seeing history being made through the eyes of a few of the participants. What is new for me is the revelation of the lack of support in the homeland insofar as providing the things needed as opposed to the nonsense. It is also a revelation that Gen. Pershing was so opposed to the armistice. Even today, his rank of General of the Armies is higher than that of Marshall, Eisenhower, MacArthur who had the rank of General of the Army. One can see genuine steel in Pershing in sticking to the idea of an American Army commanded by American officers in its own share of the front. Shaara also confirms other writings that the British and the French were and still are unable to give proper credit to the US Forces in WW I. No doubt, this thinking is what contributed to the unwillingness of the British to acknowledge American generalship in WW II. ( )
  DeaconBernie | Jan 1, 2020 |
This Author is well known for writing historical novels, and they have continued in that vein when writing this book which centres on the often forgotten war that was supposed to be ‘the war to end all wars’.

Essentially this novel is two books in one, which can then be divided into three parts. The first 1/3 of the book focuses almost exclusively on the air war taking place at that time, with the main protagonist for this section being the notorious Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen and the French born American ace, Raoul Lufberry. Both these characters are brought vividly to life allowing the reader to build on what knowledge they may already have of these larger than life fighter aces. Through the Authors words we are given a look at what may have been the driving forces behind them being as successful as they were, and also at the same time brought to the realisation that, in the end they were just human like everyone else involved in this conflict.

The middle 1/3 of the book, the reader is introduced to Gen. Pershing and a young marine private named Roscoe Templer, which begins the second book where the first leaves off with the deaths of Richthofen and Lufberry. Through the eyes of the Private, the reader sees the horrors of trench warfare from a ‘boots on the ground’ perspective; this resulted in me wondering why this truly hadn’t been a catalyst to end war.

The final 1/3 of the book focuses exclusively on the exploits and perils of the ground war. Here the Author really comes into his own, showing his outstanding research skills and ability to translate history into a form many readers would find more palatable than actually doing the research themselves. Through the Authors words the reader is transported to the water filled hovels that the ground troops called home; they can smell the death and decay that permeates the air and everything around these soldiers. The reader is able to feel the sheer terror that they must have experienced when waiting for the whistle to blow that would signal them going over the top to an almost certain death. But this descriptive skill is not just limited to those on the ground, the Author extends this to the flying aces in their flimsy fabric coated aeroplanes and the knowledge they also carried with them on a daily basis that this time might just be their last in the air.

Throughout this book, whether you are reading about the regular Soldiers and Pilots, or the Officers back in the rear you will be affected by this war in a way that may come a little way to the feelings of those who experienced it both at home and in France.
Whether you are a novice or a World War I aficionado, I would highly recommend this book, and if you have never read anything by this Author this is a great place to start.


Originally reviewed on: http://catesbooknuthut.com/2014/02/25/review-to-the-last-man-a-novel-of-the-firs...





This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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  TheAcorn | Nov 8, 2019 |
To The Last Man by Jeff Shaara - (WW1 Historical Fiction)
Having previously over the past 10 years read 20 books concerning primarily the origins and background to WW1, I found that this novel succinctly provided a good historical overview of the US involvement in the conduct of the later stages of the war. By nature the conduct involved a repetition of the airmen’s daily activities in the first half of the book and the details, concerning ground combat in the second half.

Overall however I believe this book offers a great overview of US participation from the US declaration of War on 2 April 1917 through to the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919.

The novel succinctly details the lives of the air aces such as the Red- Baron, Manfred von Richthofen with 82 kills and his western adversaries, notably Captain Lufbery of the Lafayette Escadrille, and Captain Edward Rickenbacker of the US 94th Aero Squadron.

The novel provides great insight into the difficulties faced by General Jack Pershing in coordinating with the Allies to gain recognition for the US as an independent entity that contributed significantly to the wars outcome as a win for the western allies.

In short the book provides a succinct overview of the total US contribution to the winning of the war. The story clearly delineates relationships amongst the allies and also amongst the German hierarchy of the Kaiser, Paul Von Hindenburg, Ludendorff and the civilian leader, Chancellor Max Von Baden.

The US lost 50,000 men out of a million deployed men over a six month period. The Europeans averaged a lost rate of 5000 combatants per day and overall 10 million men lost their lives over a 51 month period as the war raged across 52 countries of the world. “The War to end all wars!” ( )
  MichaelHodges | Sep 17, 2016 |
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The horror of a stalemate on Europe's western front: France and Britain on one side of the desolate line of barbed wire, a powerful German army on the other. Jeff Sharra opens the window onto the otherworldly tableau of trench warfare through the eyes of a typical British soldier whose innocent youth is cast into the awful hell of a new and terrifying brand of war. In the air above, a new kind of hero emerges the flying ace. As the conflict enters its third year, a neutral America is goaded into battle, but is woefully unprepared. The responsibility is placed on the shoulders of General John Blackjack Pershing, and by spring 1918, the first wave of the American Expeditionary Force joins the fight in Europe. With the renewed spirit and strength of the untested Americans, the world waits to see if the tide of war can finally be turned.

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