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Publisher Description

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.

Fiction & Literature
October 26
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

NotBrightEnough ,

So very compelling

A moving and very well written tribute to the troops who paid the price then and continue to so today. Captures the hidden injuries in gut wrenching fashion without the gore or the glory.
I learned much of WWI that I didn't know.

N8066Y ,

Excellent read

I always enjoy Jeff's novels and I thank him for reintroducing me to the historical fiction genre.

Chiefmac64 ,

Amazing work!

This was an incredible and very entertaining read. Obviously well researched, Mr. Shaara has brought figures to life that have been overlooked or brings new, fresh perspectives to others that are well known in history. The portions on the Lafayette Escadrille alone are well worth reading the book yet it offers so much more! The details of the US 2nd Marine Division makes you feel like you're right there alongside Roscoe Temple, Dan Parker and Gino Scarabelli. Wholeheartedly recommend reading this book. You won't be disappointed.

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