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Nov. 4, 2004

Nov. 17 WSUI Reading Features Shaara's New World War I Novel

Fiction writer Jeff Shaara will read from his new book, "To the Last Man: A Novel of the First World War," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series hosted by Julie Englander on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

Each of Shaara's six novels is set in the context of war. A Publishers Weekly preview summarized, "Moving on from the American Revolution and the Civil War, Shaara ('The Glorious Cause,' etc.) delivers an epic account of the American experience in WWI. As usual, he narrates from the perspective of actual historical figures, moving from the complexity of high-level politics and diplomacy to the romance of the air fight and the horrors of trench warfare. . .

"(H)is descriptions of individual combat in the air and the mass slaughter on the ground are stark, vivid and gripping. He also offers compelling portraits of the politicians and generals whose strategies and decisions killed millions and left Europe a discontented wasteland."

Gen. Tommy Franks recommended the book, calling it "A gripping account of World War I -- from tactics to strategy. The reader feels the horror of the trenches in France and is drawn into the maneuvering of political and military leaders on both sides of the battle. Jeff Shaara shows the dominance of the U.S. military in the context of coalition warfare -- as relevant today as it was in 1918."

And Gen. Wesley Clark commented, "A sweeping, searching look at World War I, Jeff Shaara's novel rings with authenticity, from the feelings of frontline soldiers to the challenges of high-level command."

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