- Tapa blanda: 296 páginas
- Editor: BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) (18 de julio de 2009)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1113138068
- ISBN-13: 978-1113138064
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War in the Garden of Eden (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 18 jul 2009
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The Shelf2Life WWI Memoirs Collection is an engaging set of pre-1923 materials that describe life during the Great War through memoirs, letters and diaries. Poignant personal narratives from soldiers, doctors and nurses on the front lines to munitions workers and land girls on the home front, offer invaluable insight into the sacrifices men and women made for their country. Photographs and illustrations intensify stories of struggle and survival from the trenches, hospitals, prison camps and battlefields. The WWI Memoirs Collection captures the pride and fear of the war as experienced by combatants and non-combatants alike and provides historians, researchers and students extensive perspective on individual emotional responses to the war.
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The book concludes with a couple of chapters about Kermit Roosevelt's experience as a battery commander in France towards the end of WWI and afterwards in the occupation of the Rhineland. These are also interesting, not so much as battle history, but as a description of life in a combat unit of the AEF.
The book appears to be an excerpt from a longer memoir. It would have been good to know how the author came to serve as an officer in the British Army and why and how in Iraq.
War in the Garden of Eden is a memoir of Kermit's service in World War I, mostly as a British officer in a motorized light machine gun unit in the Middle East. The last part of the book relates some of his experience as an American Army artillery officer in Europe.
Kermit took his risks as a soldier, even if he was assigned to lead the unit's transport/supply section out of concern for his safety. Mostly his view of desert warfare was that of a serving junior officer with no special access to decision making. Kermit had superior language skills. He would quickly become so skilled in Arabic that his unit would have additional assignments for him based on his ability to talk with the locals including local officials.
The old British Army could be somewhat clubby, but it is clear that Kermit had contacts and prior introductions that got him into the tents and households of people where a less connected American would have had little access.
There is value in this short book. The reader will get some sense of World War I service in a theater rarely discussed. The problem is that the does not say that much. Facts are rather dryly reported. He has much to say about some of the same cities and areas that modern Americans know from the recent American actions in the Middle East. The reader will get glimpses into Army life, the give and take of battle but no real depth or connection to events or places.
A merit to this book is that it is short. The events related needed more depth and insight, but Kermit Roosevelt was not prepared to share more insight, nor does he seem capable of the depth. I rate this as a good book because there the fundamental story is interesting and out of respect to a good soldier, serving in a difficult theater. There is something traditional about his tendency to underplay events. His style seems appropriate to style of his era.