Book Review: The Yanks Are Starving by Glen Craney

April 18, 2016

The Yanks Are Starving: A Novel of the Bonus Army by Glen Craney is a historical fiction book telling the long forgotten story of the Bonus Army of World War 1 vets and how they were treated.

  • 562 pages
  • Publisher: Brigid’s Fire Press; 1 edition (October 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981648444

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The Yanks Are Starving: A Novel of the Bonus Army by Glen Craney is a long book, but is very enjoyable for history buffs and those who enjoy historical fiction. I have heard of the Bonus Army before reading this book, it is one of those events we don’t like to talk about very much, but never read anything about it besides and article or two.

From my limited reading about the World War 1 and the Bonus Army, it seems that the events depicted are based on facts and is worth reading. From the treatment of our veterans, to that of consciousness objectors. While some of the main characters are fictional, I found them to be most interesting and engaging, even more than the one who did exist.

This is not a “war” book, even though there is plenty of that as well. The book talks about the struggles of veterans which paralleled the struggles of the country. The complex relationships of the people, the commanders, and the country are well illustrated in this book.

When I finished the book I was very impressed with the scope of what it covered and the author’s wonderful effort to cover it. You can certainly tell that the author picked a side, but he handles the subtleties gently and elegantly.

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Zohar — Man of la Book
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One Comment

  • Glen Craney April 23, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks for such a thoughtful review, Zohar.

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