Yanks Behind the Lines: How the Commission for Relief in Belgium Saved Millions from Starvation during World War I. — to be published October 20, 2020 — summarizes the full story of the Commission for Relief in Belgium thematically with chapters dedicated to all the critical issues. Individual personal stories are interwoven into the big picture to create a compelling read about this little-known but hugely important humanitarian program that changed the way the world saw America and how Americans saw themselves on the world stage. Those who are followed include Herbert Hoover, numerous CRB delegates, Brand Whitlock (minister of the US Legation in Brussels), Emile Francqui (head of the Comite National), and Erica and Edouard Bunge, a 22-year-old Belgian woman and her father.
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Book Review Blurbs
An important and unique contribution to World War I histories, Jeff Miller’s meticulously researched book fills the void of an often-forgotten aspect of the war—US humanitarian efforts. This is a beautifully written story about one of America’s finest hours.
— Ed Klekowski, editor of World War One Illustrated
Yanks behind the Lines is a fascinating portrait of America’s First World War. Exploring a vital but little-known chapter of humanitarian intervention, Miller establishes the centrality of saving Belgium and France from famine to the American war experience.
— Branden Little, Weber State University