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Behind the Lines : WWI's Little-Known Story of German Occupation, Belgian Resistance, and the Band of Yanks Who Saved Millions from Starv
by Jeffrey B. Miller


Overview - This book has earned a coveted Kirkus Star Review (www.kirkusreviews.com). The last sentence of the review states: "An excellent history that should catapult Miller to the top tier of popular historians." During World War I, the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) initiated, organized, and supervised the largest food and relief drive the world had ever seen.  Read more...

 
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Overview
This book has earned a coveted Kirkus Star Review (www.kirkusreviews.com). The last sentence of the review states: "An excellent history that should catapult Miller to the top tier of popular historians." During World War I, the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) initiated, organized, and supervised the largest food and relief drive the world had ever seen. Working in concert with its counterpart in Belgium, the Comite National, the CRB fed and clothed for four years more than 9 million Belgians and northern French trapped behind German lines. Young, idealistic Americans volunteered to be CRB delegates and go into German-occupied Belgium to guarantee the food would not be taken by the Germans. They had to maintain strict neutrality in what they said and did as they watched the Belgians suffer under the harsh German regime. Covering August 1914 through December 1914, this nonfiction book, Behind the Lines, follows a handful of CRB delegates, a twenty-two-year-old Belgian woman, two U.S. diplomats, the head of the CRB, and two Belgians-a businessman and a priest-who team up to fight the German occupation. It is a story that few have heard."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780990689300
  • ISBN-10: 0990689301
  • Publisher: Jbm Publishing Company
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Page Count: 482
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.97 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.41 pounds


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Books > History > Military - World War I
Books > History > United States - 20th Century
Books > History > Western Europe - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-11-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

Part one of a three-part examination of the conditions in Belgium during WWI under the German occupation, Miller’s book covers only the first five months: August to December 1914. His primary focus is the origin of the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB), led by American businessman—and future president—Herbert Hoover. Miller also examines the beginnings of the Belgian resistance and the experiences of the Bunge family, who were participants in both the resistance and the activities of the Belgian relief. Miller’s excellent research is extensive and strongly supports his thesis that Hoover and the CRB were instrumental in saving the lives of untold numbers of Belgian civilians. The work’s major shortcoming is obvious: it ends abruptly in December 1914. Though it’s an intriguing read, Miller’s well-written and thorough study will be of greatest interest to specialists in WWI and European history. (BookLife)

 
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