The World Remade: America in World War I
World War I was a global conflagration that would endure for four-and-a-half bloody years. The United States would have no initial involvement, and recently-elected President Woodrow Wilson would tout this in his re-election campaign in 1916. Propaganda by the US would convince the public that US involvement was right and just. The advice given Wilson by the influential Colonel House would steer Wilson toward war. The United States was evolving during the war years, in ways both positive (populism) and negative (racism). This would serve as background to the US joining the war in 1917.The British Naval Blockade and German U-boat warfare would lead to American casualties, despite warnings from Germany. The Expeditionary Forces would not see action until later in the year, but their involvement was key in turning the tide of the war. The Armistice signed in 1918 would signal the end of hostilities, but the real battles had just begun.
G.J. Meyer has written a keen observation about a historic and troubling period. This opus spans the war years, reflecting the US’s emergence as a global power while the other countries fought a war of attrition. Wilson is painted first as a complicated man who could be a sharp politician, then as a sick, indecisive man looking for validation. This book is well written, sharp, and has bearing on our present and future involvement in wars. A+
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