Come On In, America : The United States in World War I
by Osborne, Linda Barrett

An introduction to the United States involvement in the First World War explores the events that created changes at home and overseas that drove the United States to join the fight.

Linda Barrett Osborne is the author of Traveling the Freedom Road, Miles to Go for Freedom, and This Land Is Our Land. She was a senior writer-editor in the Library of Congress Publishing Office for fifteen years. Osborne lives in Washington, D.C.

Though general books on WWI abound, the focus of this high-interest nonfiction, with the centennial anniversary of the U.S. declaration of war on Germany looming, is squarely on the American experience of the war. Osborne discusses why the U.S. chose to become involved, how our own weapons, strategies, and medical practices were shaped by the war, and how the events in Europe impacted attitudes on the home front. Maps, posters, and ephemera provide primary-source support for the narrative, and ample photographs do not shy away from the horrors of the battlefield. The broader context of American progressivism is a running theme, with the suffrage movement and early civil rights goals discussed in depth. This book tells the story of the Great War, but, more centrally, offers a lesson in how the U.S. redefined itself both globally and at home. Ultimately, it is the story of how liberty and democracy were ushered into the modern era. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

A wide-ranging exploration of World War I and how it changed the United States forever. Students who know anything about history tend to know other wars better—the Civil War, World War II, Vietnam. But it was World War I that changed America and ushered in a new role for the United States as a world political and economic leader. Two million Americans were sent to the war, and in the 19 months of involvement in Europe, 53,000 Americans were killed in battle, part of the staggering total death toll of 10 million, a war of such magnitude that it transformed the governments and economies of every major participant. Osborne's straightforward text is a clear account of the war itself and various related topics—African-American soldiers, the Woman's Peace Party, the use of airplanes as weapons for the first time, trench warfare, and the sinking of the Lusitania. Many archival photographs complement the text, as does a map of Europe (though some countries are lost in the gutter). A thorough bibliography includes several works for young readers. A study of World War I offers a context for discussing world events today, so this volume is a good bet for libraries and classrooms—a well-written treatment that can replace dry textbook accounts. A slim volume big on historical information and insight. (timeline, source notes, credits) (Nonfiction. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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