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MY EXPERIENCES IN THE WORLD WAR. By GENERAL JOHN J. PERSHING. New York: Stokes, 1931, 2 vols., pp. 400, 436.

THE tale of Memoirs of those who held high command in the Great War is approaching completion. I have read all which have so far been published -- British, French, Italian, German, Austrian and Russian; of them all, General Pershing's appear to me to be the frankest.

Some two-thirds of General Pershing's book is concerned with the creation of the American Army in France, the remainder with its employment. That is natural, for General Pershing landed in France on June 13, 1917, and the first battle fought by an American army under his command began on September 12, 1918, with the attack on the Saint Mihiel salient. The work of creating the army was far longer, more arduous and more complicated than the work of leading it when created. It is clearly beyond the competence of an Englishman

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