A chronicle of the American experience during World War I and the unexpected changes that rocked the country in its immediate aftermath.
Though it has been overshadowed by the catastrophic destruction of World War II, author Garrett Peck contends that the First World War was the most important war of the twentieth century. It was the first continent-wide conflagration in a century, and it drew much of the world into its fire. By the end of it, four empires and their royal houses had fallen, communism was unleashed, the map of the Middle East was redrawn, and the United States emerged as a global power – only to withdraw from the world’s stage. "The Great War in America" presents an opportunity to reexamine the country’s role on the global stage and the tremendous political and social changes that overtook the nation because of the war.
About the Author
Garrett Peck is a historian and author of several books. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the Smithsonian Institution, and often speaks at historical societies, literary clubs and trade associations. Peck is on the board of the Woodrow Wilson House and is a member of the Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of D.C. A native Californian and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and George Washington University, he lives in Arlington, Virginia.