The Last Days of Innocence: America at War, 1917–1918

By Meirion Harries and Susie Harries
Read by Patrick Cullen

19.38 Hours 01/01/1999 unabridged
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In just a few years early in the twentieth century, the federal government grew from one tiny cog in the machinery of American life into a colossus, controlling the behavior of every individual. Paranoia, suspicion, and hatred of foreigners took hold, forming the mind-set with which the nation made its first acquaintance with communism in 1918. It was a seminal period in the history of the United States and the world, but the American side of the story has remained largely untold. The Great War was the gateway through which our ancestors passed from the relative innocence of the nineteenth century into our own troubled, uncertain age. The Last Days of Innocence explores this huge mobilization during America’s nineteen months of war with Germany in 1917 and 1918, including its corrosive effects on daily life at home.

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In just a few years early in the twentieth century, the federal government grew from one tiny cog in the machinery of American life into a colossus, controlling the behavior of every individual. Paranoia, suspicion, and hatred of foreigners took hold, forming the mind-set with which the nation made its first acquaintance with communism in 1918. It was a seminal period in the history of the United States and the world, but the American side of the story has remained largely untold.

The Great War was the gateway through which our ancestors passed from the relative innocence of the nineteenth century into our own troubled, uncertain age. The Last Days of Innocence explores this huge mobilization during America’s nineteen months of war with Germany in 1917 and 1918, including its corrosive effects on daily life at home.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A neatly plaited narrative...rich in detail. A splendid history.” Washington Times
“Meticulously researched…provides a rich picture of 1917 America.” Boston Globe
“Well-crafted in every way...a vivid and authoritative history.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Patrick Cullen’s interest in this story of American involvement in the Great War can be felt in his careful, expressive narration…Readers who choose this book to be informed will find a pleasant, often poetic, experience.” AudioFile
“A lively and persuasive history of America’s experience in WWI…A sad, gripping account of one of the defining moments in our history.” Kirkus Reviews
“Cullen reads in an American voice, even but involved, absorbing to listeners who like political history and documentaries. Superb social history, well integrated with political and military history.” Kliatt

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by maureen 9/13/2017
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Highly recommended history of World War One!

This is an excellent book about a war (World War One) that is largely overlooked by most people, but one which hastened the fall of the czar in Russia, and ultimately brought about the conditions that led to the rise of Hitler, Naziism and World War Two. I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in history. It is not a dry retelling of facts, It gives a very human face to the war.i Very readable (listenable)

Author

Author Bio: Meirion Harries

Meirion and Susie Harries began their writing partnership in 1979 and have since coauthored six books, as well as articles on Japanese security and environmental policy for English and Japanese newspapers. They live in England.

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Author Bio: Susie Harries

Meirion and Susie Harries began their writing partnership in 1979 and have since coauthored six books, as well as articles on Japanese security and environmental policy for English and Japanese newspapers. They live in England.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 19.38
Audience: Adult
Language: English