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Andrew, A. Piatt, FRIENDS OF FRANCE: THE FIELD SERVICE OF THE AMERICAN AMBULANCE DESCRIBED BY ITS MEMBERS. "Good" only. (NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1916). 1st Edition. Spine faded & creased, but without chipping. Edgewear is minimal, though boards show some slight spotting. Worst damage is a deep waterstain on rear board along spine. Also a waterstain through much of the book along the gutter, s ometimes spilling into text but not affecting legibility. Text clear throughout. The Memorial Edition by the Inspector General of the Field Service, designed to encourage more young men to volunteer in the American Volunteer Amubulance Services two full years before America entered the War. Photographs, drawings, histories, letters, citations, tributes, rosters, biographies. Also a foldout notice to volunteers. 345 pp.


Buswell, Leslie. AMBULANCE NO. 10, PERSONAL LETTERS FROM THE FRONT. A.L. Burt Company, by arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Co, 1915, 1916., VG. Tenth Impression. 7.5x5. Spine somewhat darkened with spotting, but lettering still plainly legible. Some discoloration to back cover. Front cover clean with crisp lettering & decoration. Some foxing to frontispiece and title page, interior of book otherwise tight & clean. An American volunteer ambulance driver describes his experiences with the American Field Service on the Western Front in WWI, serving with the French army in the years before America entered the war. Photographs, drawings, 155 pages.





Hansen, Arlen J., GENTLEMEN VOLUNTEERS. Arcade Publishing, 1996. "The Story of the American Ambulance Drivers in the Great War, August 1914-September 1918." NEW copy. First Edition. Forward by George Plimpton. Photographs, extensive notes & bibliography, index, 254 pages. $27.00


Howe, M.A. DeWolfe (editor). THE HARVARD VOLUNTEERS IN EUROPE. Harvard University Press, 1916., NF. Second Impression. A clean, tight copy with very little wear. Spine very slightly sunned. Small, discrete 1920s-style bookplate. A small amount of light pencil annotation which could be easily erased. A series of first-hand narratives by Harvard men who volunteered in WWI before America entered the war. This was one of the books which helped win support in America for the French cause. Volunteers were serving with the French Foreign Legion, the Lafayette Escadrille, the American Field Service, the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Service, as well as with various foreign military and medical services. Accounts by Alan Seeger, Victor Chapman, Harvey Cushing, George Benet, Richard Norton, Waldo Pierce, and numerous others. Contains a complete roster of Harvard volunteers in the European war up to the time of publication. An important book. 264 pp.



Seeger, Alan, POEMS, First Edition, inscribed to a family friend, with photo of Alan as a baby, by Alan Seeger's mother.


Sheahan, Henry.. A VOLUNTEER POILU. Houghton Mifflin, 1916., VG, 1st edition. Blue cloth with map printed on endpapers. Minimal edgewear at inner corners; outer corners intact but turned in slightly. Spine somewhat darkened. Spine intact, not chipped. Some minor discoloration to cover. Photographs. A young American, a Harvard student, volunteers as an ambulance driver with the American Field Service in support of the French Army in the years before America enters the war. Well-written & keenly observant, from a Sunday morning stroll through the Tuileries Gardens in Paris to the desolate horror of the Verdun trenches. 218 pp.


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Baker, Chester E., . DOUGHBOY'S DIARY. Burd Street Press, 1998. New copy, F/F. Appendices, rosters, index, 138 pages. Author was a corporal in F Company, 8th Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard. Saw action at Vesle River & the Argonne.



Collins, V. Lansing, PRINCETON IN THE WORLD WAR . The Office of the Secretary, Princeton University., 1932. VG. Some darkening to spine, very slight discoloration to boards, minimal wear. Interior bright & tight. A sound, clean copy. Service records of over 6000 Princeton men, arranged by year of graduation Statistical summary, index, 644 pages.


Fleming, Thomas, THE ILLUSION OF VICTORY: America in World War I. NEW copy. Hardcover in dust jacket. Basic Books, 2003. Frontispiece map, notes, index, 543 pages. "In this book, acclaimed historian Thomas Fleming undertakes nothing less than a drastic revision of America's experience in World War I. He reveals how the British and French duped Wilson and the American people into thinking the war was as good as won, and there would be no need to send an army overseas. He describes a harried president making speech after speech proclaiming America's ideals while supporting the Espionage and Sedition Acts that sent critics to federal prisons. Meanwhile, a government propaganda machine created a hate-driven "war will" that soon spilled over into attacks on ethnic Americans. On the Western Front, the Allies did their utmost to turn the American Expeditionary Force into cannon fodder. At the Paris Peace Conference, the cynical Europeans mocked Wilson and his ideals, and browbeat him into accepting the vengeful Treaty of Versailles, sowing the seeds of World War II." ~~ Hardcover originally in print at $30, now OUT OF PRINT.


Harris, Stephen L., DUTY, HONOR, PRIVILEGE: New York's Silk Stocking Regiment and the Breaking of the Hindenburg Line . NEW copy. Trade paperback. Brassey's, Inc., 2001. Photographs, drawings, maps, notes, bibliography, index, 374 pages. "Many critics regarded New York's Seventh Infantry Regiment as a social club for Manhattan's most prominent sons rather than a serious National Guard unit. But during World War I, they proved their critics wrong. On September 29, 1918, as part of the newly formed New York 107th Infantry Regiment, they attacked the Germans' feared Hindenburg Line. At a frightful cost, suffering more killed on a single day than any other regiment in American history, they broke the enemy line and helped conclude World War I. Stephen Harris follows these 'silk stocking soldiers' from the outbreak of war to their triumphant return home."
~~~ Formerly in print at $18.95, now OUT OF PRINT.


[Lost Battalion] Micheal Clodfelter, THE LOST BATTALION AND THE MEUSE-ARGONNE, 1918: America's Deadliest Battle . NEW copy, hardcover 7x10. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2007). 37 photographs, maps, notes, bibliography, index, 256 pp.

On April 6, 1917, Congress declared war and the United States joined the great conflict that had engulfed Europe since the assassination of Austrian Archduke Ferdinand in 1914. The American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) took the better part of a year to train and mobilize and their first major battle did not take place until the following May. The real challenge for the American troops came in September 1918. It was then that the 47-day battle of the Meuse-Argonne began. Encompassing seven weeks, a 25-mile front and more than one million American troops, the Battle of the Argonne Forest averaged 558 deaths per day, a human cost exceeding any America has paid in battle before or since. Despite the carnage and death, a mixed unit (from one machine gun and three infantry battalions) and their commander, Charles Whittlesey, rose to the rank of legend. Eclipsed by more publicized—yet no more deserving—tales of military valor, this final American offensive of the Great War and the heroic tale of the “Lost Battalion” remained largely obscure in the annals of American history, until now. ~~~~~ This volume, with exhaustive on-site research, details America’s last major offensive, the Battle of the Meuse-Argonne, which took place from September 26 through November 11, 1918. It examines the movements and countermovements that comprised the still unequaled conflict of the Argonne Forest. The main focus of the work is the five-day isolation and besiegement of the so-called “Lost Battalion.” From October 2 to 5, Major Charles Whittlesey and 554 men were cut off from all other U.S. units and attacked by German forces in an area known as “The Pocket.” Written with a view toward bringing this legendary tale to a more personal level, the work creates a vivid picture of the men who lived, fought and died in the final, all-consuming battle of World War I.


Nelson, James Carl, THE REMAINS OF COMPANY D: A Story of the Great War . NEW copy, hardcover 6.5x9.5. (NY: St Martin's Press, 2009). 37 photographs, maps, notes, bibliography, appendices, index, 363 pp.

From Publishers Weekly: "Nelson's grandfather fought in WWI. Wounded in 1917, he survived until 1993 but said little about his experience. Inheriting only his grandfather's dog tag, a Purple Heart and a few postcards, Nelson, a former staff writer for the Miami Herald, resolved to tell his story and that of his 250-man company. Using these scraps, old newspaper accounts, government archives, secondary sources and a good deal of imagination, Nelson delivers biographies of dozens of young men, poor and middle-class, swept into the American Expeditionary Force and shipped to France, where General Pershing, anxious to prove the superiority of American fighting men (and convinced that trench warfare was for sissies), flung them at German lines, where they performed magnificently but suffered terrible casualties. Despite a dearth of primary material (no diaries turned up), Nelson delivers a creditable performance, bringing to life an America of 90 years ago in which many eagerly answered their president's call, but others (Nelson's grandfather among them) went about their business until drafted and then dutifully joined the carnage.

“Not since Flags of Our Fathers—no, make that, Not since Paul Fussell’s The Great War and Modern Memory—no, make that, Not ever—has an American nonfiction writer reached into history and produced a testament of young men in terrible battle with the stateliness, the mastery of cadence, the truthfulness and the muted heartbreak of James Carl Nelson in The Remains of Company D. I wish I’d had the honor of working on this book with him. But then, he didn’t need me.” ---Ron Powers, coauthor of Flags of Our Fathers.

“James Carl Nelson’s book is a great contribution to AEF history. He has done an incredible amount of research in order to convey the experience of one group of doughboys...and to tell their story through their own words.….He reminds us that these long-forgotten battles of ninety years ago were as hard fought as any before or since, and that our country was well served by the young men who fought them. Get this book. It puts a very human face on the experience of Americans on the Western Front.”---Dr. Paul Herbert, executive director of the Cantigny First Division Foundation.


[Pershing] Goldhurst, Richard, PIPE CLAY AND DRILL: John J. Pershing, the Classic American Soldier. VG/VG. Jacket in mylar. Original $12.95 price still on jacket flap. Clean tight copy overall except for residue of small sticker on front end page. Reader's Digest Press, 1977, First Edition. Bibliography, Appendix (Pershing's first Philippine Tour), Index, 343 pages.
~~~ Pershing's career was long and colorful, but he himself was austere, an inexorable taskmaster rarely capable of inspiring affection among his troops. He seems not to have thought much about military philosophy, but he could quickly master the details of military organization, even amid the unprecedented, ever-expanding crisis of a great European war. He became the prototypical American soldier -- nurtured and matured by republican institutions; a military man, but not a militarist; something of an evangelist; and above all a hero.


[Pershing] Donald Smythe, GUERRILLA WARRIOR: The Early Life of John J. Pershing. VG/VG. Minor chipping & creasing to dust jacket, which is in a mylar protector. (NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973). Maps, photographs, notes, bibliography, index, 370 pages.
~~~ We retrace the long apprenticeship during which Pershing had prepared himself for high command. We see him as an ambitious young of farming stock, a superb horseman and dogged student; and as a West Point cadet, rugged in exterior but with a deep vein of sentiment and a human warmth that were revealed to but few. We follow his early career as a lieutenant of cavalry, ripening the skills of his profession as he rode after Apaches and Sioux, and experiencing at once humiliation and success as a trainer of cadets. Assigned to counter-insurgency operations against the Moro tribesmen in the Philippines, he drew official notice when he won the respect and submission of those fierce warriors by a notable display of fearlessness, diplomacy, and -- only if necessary -- force. the book ends with an account of the inconclusive, frustrating episode which closed Pershing's career as a 'guerrilla warrior' -- the pursuit into Mexico after Pancho Villa; and with a summary of the man on the eve of his appointment to lead the A.E.F...


Ruckman, John H., INTERPRETATION OF THE CONTRIBUTION MADE BY THE MASSACHUSETT'S INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, ITS STAFF, ITS FORMER STUDENTS AND ITS UNDER-GRADUATES TO THE CAUSE OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE ALLIED POWERS IN THE GREAT WAR, 1914-1919. Published by the War Records Committee of the Alumni Association of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, 1920. Some rippling & spotting to front cover; corners frayed. Some creasing & chipping to spine. End pages soiled. Despite flaws, book overall is sound: binding tight; interior clean. Contents as follows: The Work of Technology as an Institution; War Activities Associeated with the Institute; The Roll of Honor (with portraits & biographies of each man); Decorations & Citations; Our Men on the Western Front; Our Men in the Navy; Our Men in Military Service in the United States; Our Men in the Militariezed Societies & Other Auxiliaries; Our Men in Civilian Government Service; Other Civilian Service; Register of Military Records; Register of Civilian Records. Photographs throughout, itemized Table of Contents, 747 pages.


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