Andrew Carroll is the executive director of the American Poetry & Literacy Project, a national nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., ‘that promotes literacy and encourages a greater public awareness of poetry.’ He also, over the years, has edited and published unique compilations of letters, including letters of those serving in the armed forces, War Letters and Behind the Lines noteworthy among those. He is here tonight with My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War (Penguin Press), published at the one hundred year anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I.
“Selecting excerpts from thousands of letters to highlight the human perception of the war, Carroll embeds these recollections in a clear, chronological war narrative that takes the reader from the beginning of the war in 1914 through President Wilson’s decision to enter the war in 1917 and the U.S. military’s combat experience for the remainder of the conflict. Carroll uses the personal correspondence of Gen. Pershing, the U.S. commander in France, as a means of establishing the war timeline. Varied American perspectives of the war are included, and the letters of African-Americans and women figure prominently in the work…Carroll has produced an engaging and informative introduction to a war that has been largely relegated to the shadows by the subsequent global conflagration.” — Publishers Weekly.