Five Lieutenants: The Heartbreaking Story of Five Harvard Men Who Led America to Victory in World War I, James Carl Nelson
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Five Lieutenants: The Heartbreaking Story of Five Harvard Men Who Led America to Victory in World War I

Author: James Carl Nelson

Narrator: Geoffrey Blaisdell

Unabridged: 9 hr 31 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Published: 11/13/2012

Genre: History - Military - World War I

Synopsis

The dramatic true story offive brilliant young soldiers from Harvard, this is a thrilling tale of combat and heroism. Five Lieutenantstells the story of five young Harvard men who took up the call to arms in the spring of 1917 and met differing fates in the maelstrom of battle on the western front in 1918. Delving deep into the motivations, horrific experiences, and ultimate fates of this Harvard-educated quintetand by extension, of the brilliant young officer class that left its collegiate and postcollegiate pursuits to enlist in the army and lead Americas rough-and-ready doughboysFive Lieutenantspresents a unique, timeless, and fascinating account of citizen soldiers at war and of the price these extraordinary men paid while earnestly giving all they had in an effort to end the war to end all wars. Drawing on the subjects intimate, eloquent, and uncensored letters and memoirs, this is a fascinating microcosm of the American experience in the First World War and of the horrific experiences and hardships faced by the educated class of young men who were relied upon to lead doughboys in the trenches and, ultimately, in open battle.

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