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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,031 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey M. Shaara, Jeff Shaara Narrator: Philip Bosco Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9780739313336
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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.

As 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 2005 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vance | 2/6/2014

    " "Black" Jack Pershing and company take America into the WWI. Pretty well done. Lots of folks know diddly about this stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Evans | 1/31/2014

    " Another great book about America at War by Jeff Shaara. I like the way the author attempts to recreate the personalties and thoughts of some of the greatest people in our nations history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 1/27/2014

    " Starts off slow, but is an awesome read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Tessmer | 1/16/2014

    " Not my favorite Jeff Shaara novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 1/15/2014

    " Awesome book, really love Shaara's ability to show the war from two sides and multiple angles. Previously read his World War II trilogy and look forward to reading more of his work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory Lamb | 1/14/2014

    " By far the best researched historical fiction I have ever read. This story takes you there and you will learn about a period of History and the prominent figures who shaped it, along the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 1/6/2014

    " One of the best Jeff Shaara has written. I love all of them, but this one is one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Webber | 1/5/2014

    " A terrific and sad book on war. Tremendous amount of history in the book. There is a tremendous amount of history in all of Shaara's books. A great writer/stroyteller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 1/4/2014

    " Great book. I love all Shaara books. Jeff and his late Father write quality stuff. I think men enjoy his subject matter more but maybe I will force it on my bookclub. We need to read a variety! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/1/2014

    " I consider this the best of Jeff Shaara's work. I have studied WW1 but never have really made the human connection with what it was like for the soldiers and airmen. This novel did that for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 12/19/2013

    " A first person account of battle in WWI. It covers the battlefield from the foot soldiers perspective, dogfights with the Red Baron, and battle planning by the generals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 12/15/2013

    " I don't know how Shaara conssistently writes these historical fiction books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 12/5/2013

    " Too Long. But, a good historical fiction book about the history of World War I and all the principal characters "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ross | 9/23/2013

    " Will not finish this....boring "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Beckstead | 1/26/2013

    " Loved this book. I had a hard time putting it down. It was interesting to read about the first world war, which I don't know as much about as the second. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debra | 8/3/2012

    " great insight into the lives and thoughts of people from both sides of the fight. But the writing a little elementary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 6/29/2012

    " Great stories from WWI. Gives insight into amazing leadership and vision of General "Blackjack" Pershing, as well as historical-context of life of the Red Baron. Must read for any pilot, especially military pilots of all branches. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 6/21/2012

    " Jeff Shaara "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bree | 1/27/2012

    " If you've seen my list, I obviously enjoy the historical fiction of Jeff Shaara. Though WWII is my favorite war to study, this novel about WWI is, in my humble opinion, Shaara's best work. I'm anxious to read the finale Shaara just completed to the WWII trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Stewart | 12/4/2011

    " I listened to the "abridged" version on CD. Bad decision. Read the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 10/14/2011

    " This is a brilliant book that completely captures the horrors of World War I. From the men in the trenches to the pilots and even the generals, it does a great job of showing the war from the perspective of both sides. All in all, it is an amazing book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John McMath | 7/31/2011

    " Great book on WWI. Very interesting and well writen "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 4/25/2011

    " I consider this the best of Jeff Shaara's work. I have studied WW1 but never have really made the human connection with what it was like for the soldiers and airmen. This novel did that for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 1/24/2011

    " One of the best Jeff Shaara has written. I love all of them, but this one is one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/21/2011

    " an easy read. very informative on a war that is largely forgotten. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 1/5/2011

    " By far the best researched historical fiction I have ever read. This story takes you there and you will learn about a period of History and the prominent figures who shaped it, along the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/30/2010

    " interesting account of the red baron and the american volunteer pilots in the first world war, of the reality of trench war fare from the eyes of a marine, and of the political obstacles faced by General Pershing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 12/17/2010

    " A GREAT way to learn about World War I! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 12/16/2010

    " I knew so little about World War I before reading Shaara's book. This really filled in the gaps in my knowledge -- while being a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/9/2010

    " Came to truly appreciate a real American hero General John Pershing. The last page was incredible - what an image. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 8/15/2010

    " Great book. I have always enjoyed Jeff Shaara. I've yet to read one of his series and be disappointed with the book. This is actually the second time that I have read this one. It helps paint a picture of just how horrible this conflict was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 7/20/2010

    " First half much better. Enjoyed the early focus on Lufbery and the Lafayette Escadrille and also the German aviators. Got bored when the story moved away from aviation, although Pershing was interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Viola | 7/18/2010

    " Now I understand Snoopy's hatred of the Red Baron, but man, I love that man! "

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About the Author

Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of A Blaze of Glory, The Final Storm, No Less Than Victory, The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, and Gone for Soldiers, as well as Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure—two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic, The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University.