More than a century has passed since the beginning of World War I. Often overshadowed by World War II, America’s role in the first World War nonetheless had a great impact on this colossal struggle. Join New Canaan Library in welcoming historian and author Mark D. Van Ells on Monday, January 13, 2020, when he will speak about his book America and World War I, A Traveler’s Guide. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room. Please register online at newcanaanlibrary.org.
In his comprehensive book, Van Ells maps the journey of the “Doughboy” - as the U.S. soldier of the Great War was known - from the training camps of the United States to the frontlines of Europe. Tracing the totality of America's experience from the factors that led the nation to enter the war in April 1917 to the armistice in November 1918, his riveting narrative describes a military buildup on a scale the world had never seen, as well as the war's major battles and leads the traveler to the memorials erected in the Doughboys' honor as well as those places that remain unmarked. Through the doughboys’ own words, readers gain insight into the feelings of those young men and women who served in the war.