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Mitchell Yockelson Discussion/Signing for FORTY SEVEN DAYS

Join us as Subterranean Books and the St. Louis Public Library welcome author and historian Mitchell Yockelson to the Central Library Auditorium to discuss his revealing book of an impossibly daunting time, through his definitive work Forty Seven Days: How Pershing's Warriors Came to Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I.

On April 6, 1917, America marched into World War I. Of all the battles fought by U.S. soldiers thousands of miles from home, The Battle of the Meuse-Argonne stands as the deadliest clash in American history. More than a million untested American soldiers went up against a better-trained and experienced German army, costing more twenty-six thousand deaths and leaving nearly a hundred thousand wounded. Yet in forty-seven days of intense combat, those Americans pushed back the enemy and forced the Germans to surrender, bringing the First World War to an end—a feat the British and the French had not achieved after more than three years of fighting. In Forty-Seven Days, historian Mitchell Yockelson tells how General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing's exemplary leadership led to the unlikeliest of victories.

MITCH YOCKELSON, the recipient of the Army Historical Foundation's Distinguished Writing Award, is an archivist with the National Archives and a professor of military history at the Norwich University. 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. Besides Forty-Seven Days, 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, Maryland.

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Event date: 
Sat, 06/24/2017 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
SLPL Central
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
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ISBN: 9780451466952
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Published: Dutton Caliber - March 1st, 2016

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