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One century ago, on April 6, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson took America into Europe’s Great War. Millions of eager Doughboys, led by General John J. Pershing, headed overseas to the trenches of the Western Front where their fresh enthusiasm and huge numbers transformed the battlefield, won the war and then enabled Britain and France to impose the punishing peace of the Versailles Treaty on Germany. The result was German humiliation and then boiling anger, ultimately spurring the rise of Adolf Hitler and the eruption of a Second World War.

Now, one hundred years later, history can render its verdict on America’s entry into World War One: It was a huge mistake, a gigantic blunder, probably America’s greatest-ever foreign policy blunder.

How this happened and why this happened is the story told by the award-winning and acclaimed

Burton Yale Pines

This book, declared by Publishers Weekly to be “an epic exercise in historical speculation” and a “detailed and thought-provoking review of the United States entry into WWI,” describes how America made the massive mistake by entering the war and about how America then sharply tilted the battlefield’s balance of forces, shattering a three-year stalemate and winning the war for Britain and France over Germany. The two million U.S. Army and Marine Corps “Doughboys” who fought on the war’s Western Front gave Britain and France the power to impose their draconian and humiliating defeat on Germany. And that ignited a decades-long call by Germans for revenge.

Had President Woodrow Wilson not led America into the war, the exhausted British and French and German combatants would have had no alternative but to drag themselves, however reluctantly, to a negotiating table and there reach a compromise armistice and compromise peace. There would have been no exultant victor, no humiliated vanquished, no punishing Versailles Treaty, no massive German calls for revenge and thus no Nazism, no Hitler, no World War Two and probably no Cold War.

How this happened is the tale told by America’s Greatest Blunder, a fast-paced history declared by Kirkus Reviews as an “immensely insightful…painstakingly detailed, thoroughly researched analysis, [offering] new perspectives and energetic prose." Drawing on decades of research, the book chronicles America’s foreign policy journey from sensible neutrality to its declaration of war, explaining how the American public was duped by Britain’s anti-German propaganda. The book then describes how the Doughboys, organized into the AEF (American Expeditionary Force), broke the battlefield deadlock and won the war. Finally, it tells how the Armistice and Versailles peace fatefully compounded America’s mistake of entering the war.

The result was a huge catastrophe for the 20th Century.

In the pages of America’s Greatest Blunder you will discover….

  • How America and Woodrow Wilson abandoned neutrality and slid into World War One
  • How America’s two million U.S. Army and Marine Corps Doughboys won the war
  • How America’s victory set the 20th century on its tragic course
  • Why America’s World War One battlefield success helped set the stage for Nazism, Adolf Hitler and World War Two
  • How the war could have ended differently had America not entered
  • Why the blunder of entering World War One offers lessons for our own day, raising a cautionary flag whenever America is tempted to intervene militarily overseas
  • How the Doughboys were recruited, drafted and formed into the huge American Expeditionary Force – AEF – and then trained for battle on the Western Front, fighting at Cantigny, Belleau Wood and St. Mihiel and finally in the brutal Meuse-Argonne
  • How Britain and France tried to take away control of the AEF from American commander in chief General John J. Pershing
  • How America mobilized its economy for war and, with the Creel Committee, mobilized “white hot” public support
  • Why Germany in World War One launched submarine warfare
  • Why the World War One Armistice and Versailles Treaty broke America’s promises to Germany
  • How British anti-German propaganda in America convinced the American public that Germany was the enemy
  • How Woodrow Wilson executed American foreign policy in World War One
  • How Woodrow Wilson at the Versailles Conference championed his League of Nations and was out-maneuvered by Britain’s Lloyd George and France’s Clemenceau
  • Why Germany in World War One trusted America and Woodrow Wilson, whose “Fourteen Points” policy promised a fair peace
  • Why this war history offers a new, provocative interpretation
  • Why General Pershing’s “open warfare” tactics were controversial
  • Why Generals Hindenburg and Ludendorff, Germany’s World War One commanders, launched the spring 1918 offensives

The book also highlights the sinking of the ocean liner RMS >Lusitania, Germany in World War One, the legacy of World War One on Germany in the post-war years, the influence of World War One on Hitler’s rise to power, the shaping of American foreign policy in World War One, the American-German negotiations for the World War One Armistice and a thumbnail war history of America in the conflict.

Awards for America’s Greatest Blunder

Silver Medal (History). Military Writers Society of America
Winner (Military History). USA Best Books Awards
Best Book (U.S. History). Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
Gold Medal (Current Events). eLit Awards
Silver Medal (History). eLit Awards
Winner (Military History). International Book Awards, sponsored by USA Book News
Silver Medal. Readers’ Favorite Annual Book Award
IPPY Award Silver Medal (U.S. History). Independent Publisher Book Awards
Finalist (General History and Military History). Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards
Finalist (U.S. History). National Indie Excellence Awards
Finalist (Military Affairs). Next Generation Indie Book Awards