Nelson, James Carl

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The Polar Bear Expedition: The Heroes of America's Forgotten Invasion of Russia, 1918–1919

Nelson adeptly integrates the individual experiences of the regiment with the wider events of the expedition, though sometimes the narrative is overdramatized. Still, this largely overlooked event will interest readers of military history.

Five Lieutenants: The Heartbreaking Story of Five Harvard Men Who Led America to Victory in World War I

Nelson's habit of putting thoughts in his subjects' heads (e.g., "He…detect[ed] no sound but his own heartbeat") may not be for every reader, and more traditional endnotes would have been welcome, but this is a well-researched and touching work that should please World War I history buffs.

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