Jeff Shaara has enthralled readers with his New York Times
bestselling novels set during the Civil War and the American Revolution.
Now the acclaimed author turns to World War I, bringing to life the
sweeping, emotional story of the war that devastated a generation and
established America as a world power.
Spring 1916: the horror of a
stalemate on Europe’s western front. France and Great Britain are on
one side of the barbed wire, a fierce German army is on the other.
Shaara opens the window onto the otherworldly tableau of trench warfare
as seen through the eyes of a typical British soldier who experiences
the bizarre and the horrible–a “Tommy” whose innocent youth is cast into
the hell of a terrifying war.
In the skies, meanwhile,
technology has provided a devastating new tool, the aeroplane, and with
it a different kind of hero emerges—the flying ace. Soaring high above
the chaos on the ground, these solitary knights duel in the splendor and
terror of the skies, their courage and steel tested with every flight.
the conflict stretches into its third year, a neutral America is goaded
into war, its reluctant president, Woodrow Wilson, finally accepting
the repeated challenges to his stance of nonalignment. Yet the Americans
are woefully unprepared and ill equipped to enter a war that has become
worldwide in scope. The responsibility is placed on the shoulders of
General John “Blackjack” Pershing, and by mid-1917 the first wave of the
American Expeditionary Force arrives in Europe. Encouraged by the bold
spirit and strength of the untested Americans, the world waits to see if
the tide of war can finally be turned.
From Blackjack Pershing to the Marine in the trenches, from the Red Baron to the American pilots of the Lafayette Escadrille, To the Last Man
is written with the moving vividness and accuracy that characterizes
all of Shaara’s work. This spellbinding new novel carries readers—the
way only Shaara can—to the heart of one of the greatest conflicts in
human history, and puts them face-to-face with the characters who made a
lasting impact on the world. Download and start listening now!