To the Last Man
In his latest masterpiece, Shaara turns his keen insight into the minds of those who fought World War I, the war to end all wars. What was it like for heroes of the air such as Lafayette Escadrille ace Raoul Lufberry and German ace Manfred von Richtofen? How bad was it in the trenches for a doughboy like Marine Corp private Roscoe Temple? And how heavy was the burden of command on the shoulders of General John J. “Blackjack” Pershing? This story follows these soldiers from the onset of war to the stalemate of the trenches and finally, for those who survived, to the armistice.
As in all his amazing works, Shaara once again takes the raw clay of history and molds a work of fine art. His descriptions of battle are palpable. Sounds, smells, and emotions are all right there for the reader. The tension of the planning rooms and the conniving power plays of the leaders of both sides show us that little has changed in the history of warfare, save the lethality of weapons. The author pulls no punches and does not attempt to gloss over shortcomings in any camp. It makes for fascinating reading.