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Regnery History (2016-06-20)
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English
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RENDEZVOUS WITH DEATH

The Americans Who Joined the Foreign Legion in 1914 to Fight For France and For Civilization

by Hanna, David

They volunteered for the French, but they were fighting for the future of civilization. Their service and sacrifice was motivated by ideals and the sense that something vital was under threat. While their numbers were few, their efforts were prominent and contributed to the debate and ultimate commitment by the US to join the fight.

Before America joined World War I, a small group of Americans volunteered for the French Foreign Legion to help defeat the Central Powers. Historian David Hanna profiles seven of these volunteers: a poet, an artist, a boxer, a stunt pilot, a college student, a veteran of the Spanish American War, and an advertising executive. All seven men were united in courage; and some, like poet Alan Seeger, paid the ultimate sacrifice. Before he was killed in battle, Seeger penned the immortal words that inspired this book's title:

I've a rendezvous with Death
At midnight in some flaming town,
When Spring trips north again this year,
And I to my pledged word am true,
I shall not fail that rendezvous.

Their service and sacrifice was motivated by ideals and the sense that something vital was under threat. While their numbers were few, their efforts were prominent and contributed to the debate and ultimate commitment by the US to join the fight.

David Hanna was raised on the coast of Maine. He teaches history at Stuyvesant High School in New York, and is an adjunct instructor at NYU. He is a recipient of the New York Times Teachers Make a Difference award. His first book, "Knights of the Sea," is about a naval battle that occurred in the waters of his home state.

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