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America and the Great War

A Library of Congress Illustrated History

Margaret E. Wagner David M. Kennedy



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01 August 2017
From August 1914 through March 1917, Americans were increasingly horrified at the unprecedented destruction of the First World War. While sending massive assistance to the conflict 's victims, most Americans opposed direct involvement. Their country was immersed in its own internal struggles, including attempts to curb the power of business monopolies, reform labor practices, secure proper treatment for millions of recent immigrants, and expand American democracy.

Yet from the first, the war deeply affected American emotions and the nation 's commercial, financial, and political interests. The menace from German U-boats and failure of U.S. attempts at mediation finally led to a declaration of war, signed by President Wilson on April 6, 1917.

America and the Great War commemorates the centennial of that turning point in American history. Chronicling the United States in neutrality and in conflict, it presents events and arguments, political and military battles, bitter tragedies and epic achievements that marked U.S. involvement in the first modern war. Drawing on the matchless resources of the Library of Congress, the book includes many eyewitness accounts and more than 250 color and black-and-white images, many never before published.

With an introduction by Pulitzer Prize winning historian David M. Kennedy, America and the Great War brings to life the tempestuous era from which the United States emerged as a major world power.
By:   Margaret E. Wagner
Introduction by:   David M. Kennedy
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 280mm,  Width: 215mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   1.771kg
ISBN:   9781620409824
ISBN 10:   1620409828
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   01 August 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Margaret E. Wagner is the author of The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War, The American Civil War: 365 Days, and World War II: 365 Days and co-author of The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference and The Library of Congress World War II Companion. A senior writer/editor in the Library of Congress Publishing Office, she lives in Arlington, Virginia. David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus at Stanford University. He is the author of Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History. He lives in Palo Alto, California.

Reviews for America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History

Wagner ... uses the library's visual and documentary resources to good effect in a work that combines an entertaining coffee-table format with an intellectually rewarding text. Publishers Weekly America and the Great War draws on the incomparably rich holdings of the Library of Congress to offer a uniquely colorful chronicle of this dramatic and convulsive chapter in American--and world--history. It's an epic tale, and here it is wondrously well told. -- David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of FREEDOM FROM FEAR The First World War and its aftermath gave birth to the 20th century's worst demons. This lively, capacious book is highly readable, and rightly reminds us that the American experience of that war was of repression at home as well as military triumph abroad. -- Adam Hochschild, author of KING LEOPOLD'S GHOST and TO END ALL WARS World War One was a pivotal event in U.S. history. But, for too many Americans, it is a forgotten one. I hope Margaret Wagner's evocative and splendidly illustrated narrative will both revive its memory and nudge us towards rethinking the virtues and limits of military intervention abroad. -- Michael Kazin, author of WAR AGAINST WAR: THE AMERICAN FIGHT FOR PEACE, 1914-1918 and professor of history, Georgetown University

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