Please join us in the shop for local author, Mitch Yockelson's book launch for Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing's Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I.
In the fall of 1918, more than a million untested American soldiers went up against a better-trained and more experienced Germany Army in the Meuse-Argonne battle in the French countryside. It was the largest independent American offensive against the Germans and the bloodiest battle the U.S. had ever been a part of, costing over 26,000 lives, and leaving nearly 100,000 wounded. Yet under the leadership of General John J. Pershing, American troops came to battle in an era of new technology, defeating the Germans and bringing the Great War to an end after four years.
FORTY-SEVEN DAYS recounts the critical timespan between September 26th and November 11th, 1918, when U.S. military proved itself to be more than worthy opponents to the Germans, and General Pershing a worldwide hero. Told from the perspective of Pershing and his replacement, General Liggett, and featuring some of our greatest personalities of the 20th century—Pershing, MacArthur, Patton, Truman, George C. Marshal—Yockelson’s masterful telling is critical to understanding our nation’s history.
MITCHELL YOCKELSON, the recipient of the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Writing Award, is an archivist with the National Archives and former professor of military history at the United States Naval Academy. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has appeared on 60 Minutes, Fox News, PBS, and the History Channel. He is the author of three earlier books: Borrowed Soldiers: Americans under British Command, 1918, named one of the best military history books by The Independent (UK) in 2008; MacArthur: America’s General, and Grant: Savior of the Union. An historical adviser to the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, Yockelson regularly leads tours of World War I battlefields for the Smithsonian Journeys and New York Times Journeys series, and frequently lectures on military history. He lives in Annapolis.