SPECIAL EVENT! Andrew Carroll will present My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Andrew Carroll will Present his New Hardcover My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War.  This Event is Sponsored by Rainy Day Books & The National World War I Museum and Memorial.  This Special Presentation will be Video Recorded by C-SPAN 2, Book TV for future Broadcast.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Andrew Carroll is the Founding Director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University.  Along with Editing The New York Times Bestsellers War Letters and Behind the Lines, Carroll Edited Operation Homecoming, which inspired the Emmy-Winning Documentary of the same name.  Andrew lives in Washington, D.C., and Orange, California.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  From The New York Times Bestselling Author of War Letters and Behind the Lines, Andrew Carroll's My Fellow Soldiers draws on a rich trove of both little-known and newly uncovered letters and diaries to create a marvelously vivid and moving account of the American experience in World War I, with General John Pershing featured prominently in the foreground.

Andrew Carroll's intimate portrait of General Pershing, who led all of the American troops in Europe during World War I, is a revelation.  Given a military force that on the eve of its entry into the war was downright primitive compared to the European combatants, the general surmounted enormous obstacles to build an army and ultimately command millions of U.S. soldiers.  But Pershing himself--often perceived as a harsh, humorless, and wooden leader--concealed inner agony from those around him: almost two years before the United States entered the war, Pershing suffered a personal tragedy so catastrophic that he almost went insane with grief and remained haunted by the loss for the rest of his life, as private and previously unpublished letters he wrote to family members now reveal.

Before leaving for Europe, Pershing also had a passionate romance with George Patton's sister, Anne.  But once he was in France, Pershing fell madly in love with a young painter named Micheline Resco, whom he later married in secret.  Woven throughout Pershing's story are the experiences of a remarkable group of American men and women, both the famous and unheralded, including Harry Truman, Douglas Macarthur, William "Wild Bill" Donovan, Teddy Roosevelt, and his youngest son Quentin.  The chorus of these voices, which begins with the first Americans who enlisted in the French Foreign Legion 1914 as well as those who flew with the Lafayette Escadrille, make the high stakes of this epic American saga piercingly real and demonstrates the war's profound impact on the individuals who served--during and in the years after the conflict--with extraordinary humanity and emotional force.

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday April 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at The National World War I Museum and Memorial, 2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64108

EVENT FORMAT:  Andrew Carroll will Present his New Hardcover My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $35.00 Includes One Author Autographed Hardcover of My Fellow Soldiers, One Stamped Author Autographing Admission Ticket, and One Guest Admission Ticket, if needed.  Register Now for this Event at EventBrite.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.


Starting on Thursday, April 06, 2017, Historian Andrew Carroll will be embarking on the Million Letters Campaign to seek out and preserve at least 1,000,000 war-related correspondences from every conflict in U.S. History, from handwritten missives penned during the American Revolution to emails sent from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Carroll is the Founding Director of the Center for American War Letters (CAWL) at Chapman University, and he will be traveling throughout the country and speaking at libraries, historical societies, museums, veterans’ organizations, military academies, civic clubs, places of worship, book stores, and similar venues to spread the word about why these writings are so important and, ideally, to encourage people to donate their war-related correspondences so that they will be preserved forever.  “These letters and emails help us to honor and remember the troops, veterans, and military family members who have served this nation.  These are their words, their stories, their voices,” says Carroll, “and no one can tell their stories better than they can.  I also hope this project will encourage service members and veterans to write letters to their loved ones about their experiences, even if they relate to events that happened years or even decades ago.”  Original letters are preferred, but photocopies and scans are also gladly appreciated.

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
National World War I Museum and Memorial
2 Memorial Drive
Kansas City, MO 64108

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK: Author Autographed Hardcover of My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War by Andrew Carroll.

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