Academic journal article Military Review

Americans at War in Foreign Forces: A History, 1914-1945

Academic journal article Military Review

Americans at War in Foreign Forces: A History, 1914-1945

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AMERICANS AT WAR IN FOREIGN FORCES: A History, 1914-1945

Chris Dickon, McFarland & Company, Jefferson, North Carolina, 2014, 234 pages

Chris Dickon is an Emmy Award-winning public broadcasting producer and self-described researcher of "lesser-known aspects of American history" His latest work is a thorough and in-depth account of Americans who have fought and died under the banners of foreign powers during the first half of the twentieth century. The author presents a painstakingly researched collection of personal stories and government records that intertwines tens of thousands of American-born combatants with some of the greatest military struggles of the last century.

Americans at War's strength lies in its intensely human account of the personal lives and convictions of individuals leaving their home country to fight in the unspeakable horrors of combat. Covering land, air, and sea battles, Dick-on weaves an account of little-known Ivy League adventurers, middle class professionals, and outcast mercenaries who risked their lives and citizenships in conflicts where the United States was determined not to participate.

Americans at War provides a glimpse into the lives of thousands of Americans who signed on with foreign forces to fight in some of the twentieth century's bloodiest conflicts. Those men and women remained personally loyal to their home country but willingly left its isolationism to protect countries that did not have the luxury of deferring war. The book is valuable for its insight into the individual and international drama that accompanied the involvement of many Americans fighting European wars. …

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