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The Resource The remains of Company D : a story of the Great War, James Carl Nelson

The remains of Company D : a story of the Great War, James Carl Nelson

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The remains of Company D : a story of the Great War
Title
The remains of Company D
Title remainder
a story of the Great War
Statement of responsibility
James Carl Nelson
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Award
Booklist Editors' Choice, 2009.
Review
  • Nelson's grandfather fought in WWI. Wounded in 1917, he survived until 1993 but said little about his experience. Inheriting only his grandfather's dog tag, a Purple Heart and a few postcards, Nelson, a former staff writer for the Miami Herald , resolved to tell his story and that of his 250-man company. Using these scraps, old newspaper accounts, government archives, secondary sources and a good deal of imagination, Nelson delivers biographies of dozens of young men, poor and middle-class, swept into the American Expeditionary Force and shipped to France, where General Pershing, anxious to prove the superiority of American fighting men (and convinced that trench warfare was for sissies), flung them at German lines, where they performed magnificently but suffered terrible casualties. Despite a dearth of primary material (no diaries turned up), Nelson delivers a creditable performance, bringing to life an America of 90 years ago in which many eagerly answered their president's call, but others (Nelson's grandfather among them) went about their business until drafted and then dutifully joined the carnage. 16 pages of b&w photos. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed August 10, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 32, p45)
  • /* Starred Review */ Not since Henry Berry's Make the Kaiser Dance has there been an intimate history like this one to illustrate the doughboys' contributions in World War I. The story of Company D, 28th Infantry Regiment, First Division, is one not soon to be forgotten. Nelson, grandson of a member of this unit, here follows the men from their enlistment, through the battles of Cantigny, Soissons, the St. Mihiel offensive, and the Argonne, to the Armistice and beyond, including the efforts of the families of the fallen to recover their sons' remains. The author's meticulous and persistent research in tracking down the descendants of the combatants to uncover their letters and diaries makes his work the standard for research into the story of the American Expeditionary Force. Essential for all students of modern war. --Staff (Reviewed October 15, 2009) (Library Journal, vol 134, issue 17, p92)
  • Journalist Nelson mines his grandfather's wartime experience in an attempt to shed light on what became of his company during their time "over there."The author's mission to unearth the past reflects the efforts of thousands of American families to literally dig up the remains of lost sons and bring them home, or, at the very least, find closure and relief from the emotional roller-coaster ride that comes with a soldier being tagged "missing." As Nelson demonstrates in his thorough, diligent narrative, many families were denied even this paltry comfort. Younger brothers traveled to the fields of Cantigny and Soissons to search, mostly in vain, for mass graves or even just rings and dog-tags. Mothers and fathers were forced to endure the pain of simply not knowing, like the parents of the missing Rollin Livick, who suffered hallucinations of their beloved son walking down the street while they awaited word about his fate. In many ways, Nelson's choice of the word "remains" in the title is indicative of his larger theme—a search for the mark of the Great War on the American consciousness, be it through letters, memories, family history or a grave. As he follows the men of Company D, the author maintains a quick pace and provides evocative imagery. Drawing heavily on the company's letters and diaries, Nelson occasionally loses the voices and personalities of these men amid the larger story arc. However, the author does an excellent job honoring the specific American experience in WWI—from immigrant diasporas to the shattered illusions of a quick campaign—and the lives of an extraordinary group of men.A personal, moving journey that will be a welcome addition to any military-history shelf. (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2009)
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
329088
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Nelson, James Carl
Dewey number
  • 940.4/1273092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plans
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
D570.33 28th
LC item number
.N45 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Nelson, John
  • United States
  • United States
  • Soldiers
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Cantigny, Battle of, Cantigny, France, 1918
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Argonne, Battle of the, France, 1918
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a story of the Great War
Label
The remains of Company D : a story of the Great War, James Carl Nelson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
755591
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 363 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780312551001
Lccn
2009016931
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map, plans
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780312551001
  • (OCoLC)317928793
Label
The remains of Company D : a story of the Great War, James Carl Nelson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
755591
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 363 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780312551001
Lccn
2009016931
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map, plans
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780312551001
  • (OCoLC)317928793

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