The Great War in America: World War I and Its Aftermath


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Pegasus Books
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6.4 X 1.6 X 9.0 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Garrett Peck, the author of six books, is an American historian who serves on the advisory council of the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Museum of American History, and the Smithsonian Institution. He lives in Arlington, Virginia. Please visit his website at


"Peck's pointillist picture of America on the home front will be sure to interest World War I buffs. He has much to say about war bonds and War Gardens, anti-German hysteria and the deplorable suppression of civil liberties. He also follows the doughboys to Belgium and France, where they discover the French fry but shell shock, too."-- "Wall Street Journal"
"The Great War in America plumbs the decision of Woodrow Wilson to send American soldiers into the nightmare of trench warfare during the latter 19 months of World War I and how winning the peace created the inevitability of World War II."-- "Providence Journal"
"A new history of World War I, viewed through the lens of America, where it 'was an enormously contentious issue.' Peck proves a reliable guide to 'a nation that was rapidly growing up--and yet not mature enough to accept its global responsibilities.' Students of 20th-century American and European history will enjoy this American view of the war and its long-term consequences."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"The story traces America's journey from geopolitical isolation to engagement and back to a more committed isolation -- a retrenchment that, like Woodrow Wilson, Peck considers a mistake. Along the way, Peck shares plenty of details worthy of their own histories."-- "Washington Post"
"Peck's compact book is an immensely readable account. His affection for his subject shines through the book."-- "Washington Independent Review of Books [previous praise for Garrett Peck]"
"Peck's book reminds us that Whitman is all around us. Whitman's Washington years overall provide an engaging read that reminds us that in this area, we are uniquely surrounded and suffused with the history of our nation."-- "WNBC/Current Newspapers [previous praise for Garrett Peck]"