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Author of Forrest Gump

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Booknotes, Sunday, September 1, 2002
Winston Groom discusses A Storm in Flanders: The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918: Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front.

—from the publisher's website From the acclaimed author of Forrest Gump and Shrouds of Glory, a riveting historical account of the longest and bloodiest battle of World War I. Shrouds of Glory established best-selling author Winston Groom as an electrifying narrative historian. Now, in A Storm in Flanders, the Pulitzer Prize nominee visits the bloody four-year-long Battle of Ypres, a pivotal engagement that would forever change the way the world fought and thought about war. Groom describes how the quaint medieval Belgian town of Flanders following the dreams and schemes of the stubborn"butchers and blunderers" who commanded from afar became the most dreaded place on earth, a"gigantic corpse factory" where hundreds of thousands of men died for gains that were measured in yards. In 1914, Germany launched an invasion of France through neutral Belgium and brought the wrath of the world upon herself. In accessible prose, Groom presents Ypres as the centerpiece of World War I, with all of its horrors, heroism, and terrifying new tactics and technologies. Ypres is where some of history's most hideous weapons were unleashed and refined:poison gas, tanks, mines, air strikes, and the unspeakable misery of trench warfare. The battle's unprecedented horrors inspired some of the most compelling and enduring artistry of the war: from Remarque's classic novel All Quiet on the Western Front to the haunting poem that came to symbolize war,"In Flanders Fields," composed in the heat of battle by John McCrae, a grieving Canadian surgeon. Ypres was also the battleground of young soldier Adolf Hitler, whose experiences in Flanders, Groom argues, set him on his fateful path. Groom's story comes alive with the heart-wrenching journal entries of the men who fought on the grisly front lines, and is illustrated with breathtaking photographs published here for the first time. A gripping drama of politics, stategy, and human heart of the struggle for survival and victory against all odds A Storm in Flanders is a powerful work of military history. (timspalding)… (more)

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