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Mansfield Park eEtte Escadrille Iasily confess that I Liked Mr Shaara S Focus *on The Mr Shaara s focus *on the war for much of the novel Other reviewers have *the aerial war for much of the novel Other reviewers have greatly bothered by it He portrays aerial warfare and its birthing pains as a means to make war with skill and suspense and I sailed through the first part of the text Occasionally he waxed a little too ph I m sure many Gods and Generals fans will disagree with me but I truly believe this to be Jeff Shaara s finest novel to da Can t rate a book about two aviation heroes less than 4 Stars Four historic characters form the backbone of the story Manfred von Richthofen Raoul Lufbery John Black Jack Pershing and Roscoe Temple a Marine rifleman Shaara weaves an xcellent story around these figures and you get an understanding of what they must have dealt with Really liked the flying history and gained new respect for those aviators Pershing s story was interesting and you will understand why the AEF was so determined to keep the American Army together the Brits and French desperately tried to get the Americans to fill out their ranks Temple s story was ground level no big picture just bloody fights Excellent history with just a little fiction thrown in Liked it Gripping account of the horrors of World War 1 From Black Jack Pershing who was the US Commander to a doughboy in the trenches and 2 airplane fighter pilots the story wove facts of actual people in the war with brilliant dialogue Was sad to finish the bookOne of the top 5 books in 2016 for me highly recommended if you want to know about how the politics of fighting the war and the tremendous physical and mental pain that the soldiers went through The afterword about how the their lives played out was chilling 5 starsIn this fantastic book about WWI we meet Manfred Baron von Richoften the Red Baron who single handedly shot down over ighty planes for Germany He might be mechanically inept but oh can he fly He loves being up in the Germany He might be mechanically inept but oh can he fly He loves being up in the He has a Great Dane that follows him Elska Magazine 15 Bogota everywhere and they seem very well suited to one another The British pilots were to name Richoften s suad as Richoften s Flying Circus for the colorful ways in whichach pilot decorated his plane Richoften s was painted completely red I found it particularly interesting that his younger brother Lothar joined his unit and was a very good ace as well shooting down nearly as many planes as his world famous older brotherOn the other side there is Gervais Raoul Lufbery a FrenchAmerican fighter pilot who volunteered to go to France to fly airplanes for the war ffort while the United States was still neutral Unlike von Richoften he is a whiz at mechanics and takes a very active interest in verything mechanical about his plane ven polishing his bullets before inserting them into the belt of the machine gun He loves walking in the woods and searching for mushroomsWe also meet German Generals Ludendorff and von Hindenberg Ludendorff does the heavy lifting for von Hindenberg whom the soldiers admire and love There is also British Field Commander Sir Douglas Haig The Russians are also fighting the Germans and Austrians with the autocratic and aloof Czar Nicholas II in command He is an awful military leader There is much dissent and political unrest in Russia Even the soldiers are beginning to rebel under the influence of men like Leon Trotsky and Vladimir Lenin Essentially the Russian forces have given up the fight Once the United States finally decided to get into the war they seemed to be slow off the mark Endless meetings and a failure to name commanders organize troops and arrange for the ordnance and materials needed to conduct a war were the routine of the day Even six months later the Americans were still dragging their collective feet They thus ntered the war totally unprepared When General John J Black Jack Pershing named the overall commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe arrives in England and France he is utterly shocked and amazed at what the British and French believe about his mission In fact the French The Billionaire Wins the Game even have it in writing from Washington His closest aide and friend is then Captain George Patton Major Billy Mitchell is appointed the leader of the American Air Service under Bri. Ell of a terrifying warIn the skies meanwhile technology has provided a devastating new tool the aeroplane and with it a different kind of heromerges–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 very flightAs 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 uipped to nter a war that has become worldwide in scope The responsibility is placed on the shoulders of General John. I don t know too much about WWI so this was a pretty "Decent Introduction However Be "introduction However be that this mainly deals with Americans in the war so you miss a lot of what went on in the first 4 years before the US officially joined the fightingThere were a few things I didn t like about this book I found the author s way of writing in short choppy connected phrases to be xtremely distracting All of the main characters had the same kind of idealistic inner voice It was all a bit overly motional to me though that s not uite the *right word The main do a lot of deep probing introspection *word The main characters do a lot of deep probing introspection I not sure real people actually doIf you ve read a lot about WWI then this book may not appeal to you but if you re just starting out you wouldn t be too off the mark starting here My goal in reading this book was to gain a bit of a general understanding of WW I I want to study this war in detail because my knowledge and understanding of it is very limited I like Shaara and I figured that this would be a good place to start And it was Beautifully written in the style that Shaara uses so well history written like a novela novel written like historyThe book doesn t cover the whole war just the main conflict on the Western Front between Germany and FranceBelgium But there is certainly nough there to give one the basic gist of what was going on and how it all came to be I now have my bearings Toutes les femmes sont en guerre contre la nourriture: L'alimentation intuitive, une approche anti-rgime pour ne plus tre obsde par la nourriture enough to start looking into some straight history on this conflict in order to study it s specific aspectsI certainly gained a greater Only Jeff Shaara can take a possible info dump and mold it into a gripping and captivating novel To the Last Man recounts thexperiences of American and German troops in the air the trenches and command during The Great War We intimately follow Black Jack Pershing an American Marine in the trenches the Red Baron and American pilot Lufbery to develop a better understanding of the real plights and thoughts of those involved in the War to End All Wars I cannot Best Short Stories for Children express thisnough I respect this work with The Royal Lacemaker every fiber of my being Shaara researchedach of the men this novel follows xtensively It shows The images created are so vivid I ve yet to read a historical book that has put me into the the shoes of the men who have xperienced the Dungeon Master 3 event discussed like this Shaara uses justnough creative liberties to make this novel read just so but does not sacrifice historical accuracy in the slightest It is absolutely wonderfully written That being said one star is missing from this rating This star was taken away because a book this stupendous can afford to be rated critically The missing star is due to a craving left unsatisfied within this novel I understand that Shaara writes his novels to put American history in the limelight but I so wish that some of this novel followed a German foot soldier The chapters dedicated to The Red Baron where phenomenal but they did not shed very much light to what the life of the common soldier would have been like There is a lot of war for Shaara to have packed into one book but I wish it would have been slightly longer in order to Si yo fuese t, me enamorara de m (Prosa potica) expand thexperiences the reader walks through I never thought I d say that a 600 page book wasn t long Ask And It Is Given Cards: A 60-Card Deck plus Dear Friends card enough If that isn t testament to how beautifully this novel was done I don t know what is I can t recommend this novelnough I Destinys Need enjoyedvery moment of this read and if you are also a history buff I know you will too One of the things I most appreciate about Jeff Shaara is the organization and alternating point of view that he uses in all of his novels It allows the reader different perspectives and allows the author to cover ground with the ability to location hop with Fables of Mind An Inuiry into Poe's Fiction ease When one is writing about war this is a handy tool to have at one s disposal When you are as uneven a writer as Mr Shaara it is a necessary oneTo The Last Man starts off with anngrossing chapter depicting a new English recruit arriving at the front lines in Belgium in 1915 It literally starts out with a bang and uickly draws the reader into the text and the war Most of the first third of the book is from the perspectives of Baron Ricthofen later the Red Baron and Raoul Lufbery an American pilot in the Lafay. Jeff Shaara has A Fada e o Bruxo (As Crônicas de Ivi 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 sweepingmotional story of the war that devastated a generation and Psychic Cats established America as a world powerSpring 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 theyes of a typical British soldier who xperiences the bizarre and the horrible–a “Tommy” whose innocent youth is cast into the Gadier General William Kenly When he meets Lufbery s Lafayette Escadrille he is honest with them There is no air force they are it for the time being He offers them the option of flying for their own flag the United States Raoul Lufbery and his friend Bill Thaw are promoted to Majors and take on the task of teaching the new American recruits to fly Eddie Rickenbacker is one of the new menAnd then there was the ground war After many delays and much bureaucratic nonsense the *Americans are finally on the move in France We meet Private Roscoe *are finally on the move in France We meet Private Roscoe whose initiation into the war are drastic and horrific He sees old buddies shot and killed and makes new friends in the attempt to drive the Germans out of Belleau Wood He moves on through France with the other men in his battalion their numbers dwindling by the day He must deal with hunger xhaustion new replacements new officers and most of all the mighty German Army The fierce and fiery then tank leader George Patton is in the thick of battle Even wounded he is still bellowing orders One thing that astounded me was the Sedition Act and its Pocket Genius: Cats effect onveryday citizens who spoke against the war How to Take Awesome Photos of Cats even in mild terms The reader has thexperience of being in the battle with the Marines Mr Shaara describes the terrain the weather and the men s sheer terror and determination to survive This is a fantastically well written book The characters are colorful and interesting and very true to life I have Caillou se fait mal enjoyed Mr Shaara s books for a very long time from the Revolutionary War and right on through the Korean War I am hoping that he does a treatment for the VietNam war as well My war so to speak To the Last Man was a frustrating read for mespecially the first half of the book The author fell into the trap of writing WWI historical fiction about well known figures John Pershing the Red Baron and to a lesser In Cold Blood extent about Patton and Von Hindenburg The book didn t really dispense much information on WWI or in the case of these figures approach the drama of at least a dozen great books on WW1 non fiction or fiction This is a serious book and the tone matches it so it is no amateur hack job The problem however with selecting well known figures and attributing all the fictional dialogue to them is that the characters must be drawnxceptionally well for there The disclaimer should read sucker for historical fiction I found this book to be packed with historical detail but not historically overwhelming This is a book about the men who fought the war to A Couples Submission end all wars from both sides of the trenches Have you always wanted to know about the Red Baron and wonder why Snoopy has a fixation Have you wondered about Pershing probably not who remembers these days The Sopwith Camel the fly boys of the Lafayette Escadrille Here are riveting answers laced withmotion and the reality of what I ve always considered the most stupid of stupid warsHowever that said the stupid part I learned uite a lot about how PR began to frame the public view of war how Cuba: From Columbus to Castro early fighter pilots thought aboutngaging the Modern Calligraphy: An Intensive Practice Workbook enemy how the US was ill prepared forntrance and fought a battle of national identity against the Brits and French who wanted to merely add the American soldiers to men already mired in muddy trenches My grandfather fought in tanks in France and returned from WWI I have his helmet many pictures and his diary which is in code and I can t read it drat I ve always been attracted to this war uestioning and wondering about vents and men death and ve always been attracted to this war uestioning and wondering about vents and men death and nations and generations lostJeff Shaara creates a world of personal interaction getting into the heads of the real characters Red Baron and Pershing and several amazing fictitious characters who seem so real we should be able to find their names in the history books I switched back and froth from listening to an Atomic Dog The Testosterone Principles excellent narrated version to reading the big book doing time on the treadmill hey we re just finishing a harsh winter in Vermont one day and sitting with a cozy dish of popcorn and a warm blanket the next I read myself to sleepach night and couldn t put the book down for long without wanting to pick it up again to discover what happened next Burmese Days even though I knew thending before I started. “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 turnedFrom 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 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