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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Meirion Harries, Susie Harries Narrator: Patrick Cullen Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781455175826
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In just a few years early in the twentieth century, the federal government grew from one tiny cog in the machinery of American life into a colossus, controlling the behavior of every individual. Paranoia, suspicion, and hatred of foreigners took hold, forming the mind-set with which the nation made its first acquaintance with communism in 1918. It was a seminal period in the history of the United States and the world, but the American side of the story has remained largely untold.

The Great War was the gateway through which our ancestors passed from the relative innocence of the nineteenth century into our own troubled, uncertain age. The Last Days of Innocence explores this huge mobilization during America’s nineteen months of war with Germany in 1917 and 1918, including its corrosive effects on daily life at home.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A neatly plaited narrative...rich in detail. A splendid history.”

    Washington Times

  • “Meticulously researched…provides a rich picture of 1917 America.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Well-crafted in every way...a vivid and authoritative history.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Patrick Cullen’s interest in this story of American involvement in the Great War can be felt in his careful, expressive narration…Readers who choose this book to be informed will find a pleasant, often poetic, experience.”


  • “A lively and persuasive history of America’s experience in WWI…A sad, gripping account of one of the defining moments in our history.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Cullen reads in an American voice, even but involved, absorbing to listeners who like political history and documentaries. Superb social history, well integrated with political and military history.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 9/11/2013

    " Great study of America in World War I. It discusses the run up to the war, the mobilization of the military and their subsequent baptism by fire in France, effects on the home front, and the depressing aftermath of it all. It will make you realize the US had little to gain by entering this conflict. "

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About the Author

Meirion and Susie Harries began their writing partnership in 1979 and have since coauthored six books, as well as articles on Japanese security and environmental policy for English and Japanese newspapers. They live in England.

About the Narrator

Patrick Cullen (a.k.a. John Lescault), a native of Massachusetts, is a graduate of the Catholic University of America. He lives in Washington, DC, where he works in theater.