Title: The Yanks Are Starving: A Novel of the Bonus Army
Genre: Currently #51 on Amazon Best Sellers Rank in Kindle eBooks, History, Military, Regiments
Publisher: Brigid’s Fire Press
Publication Date: December 5, 2013
Source: Direct request by author Glen Craney
Title and Cover: The Yanks Are Starving – Cover beautifully depicts historical scene
The Yanks are Starving is a masterfully written saga of pre and post World War 1. Glen Craney explores the lack of loyalty of officers in battle for their troops and government’s abandonment of the welfare of the troops who fight for their country. Herbert Hoover fought brilliantly for food for the pre-war citizens of France and Belgium but abandoned our own veterans during the great depression. This rather lengthy but insightful book explores the lives of eight individuals from wildly differing experiences and backgrounds whose clash in July 1932 culminates in a poignant and sad story of American history.
Growing up in Idaho during WWII, I was a great fan of General Douglas Mac Arthur. What a surprise when he was fired by President Truman! I remember his triumphant return to the Philippines and his coordination of the surrender in Tokyo Harbor of the Japanese. I did not understand why he was fired by Truman after the start of the Korean Conflict. The Yanks Are Starving exposes a general who was a poser and a posturer. The lack of loyalty to his troops and the veterans is indicative of the reason he was fired.
President Hoover was mired in a post WW1 world of the filthy rich re-enslaving the population in poverty. Glen Craney skillfully shows the lengths that politicians will go to suppress the masses.
Floyd Gibbons, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, is wounded in the Battle of Belleau Wood. His war reporting and gallantry are beyond reproach. He becomes a radio correspondent dubbed “The Headline Reporter.” He was among the first to use remote reporting broadcasts and followed the BEF (Bonus Expeditionary Force), a group of Doughboys heading to Washington to collect a bonus, which had been promised by Congress in 1924, but not to be delivered until 1945. During the Great Depression, there was little work and the Veterans and their families were homeless, destitute, and starving.
Walter W. Waters, leader of the Bonus Army, and his wife travel from Portland, Oregon to the nation’s capital rounding up veterans on the way. Waters was born in 1898 in Burns, Oregon. The Bonus Army is tagged “The Bonus Expeditionary Force.” Most states and the railroads work tirelessly to prevent the veterans from reaching the capital. The government feels there may be a revolution as people who have learned to fight attempt to get what was promised to them. The veterans struggle under the misconception that they will be welcomed and their petitions fairly reviewed by Congress. By May 1932, the Bonus Army numbered more than 20,000 men.
General MacArthur disobeyed orders from President Hoover and used armed military force to dispel the assembled veterans and their families. The climax of the book recounts the expulsion of the BEF by a detachment of U.S. Marines and Army Tanks, with George Patton on horseback routing the squatters. Joe Angelo, the soldier who threw his body over Patton to save his life (and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for the sacrifice) was totally ignored when he called to Patton to recognize him and stop the assault on the BEF.
The BEF was routed from their attempt to get the bonus offered them. They went home empty-handed and the government branded them Communist Sympathizers.
This book should be required reading in high school. Teaching History taught me that students enjoy facts laid out in the engaging story style that Glen Craney uses.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history, specifically military history and the shameful failure of the government to honor their troops. (The USS Pueblo and USS Liberty were both taken during the time I served in the Navy during the Viet Nam conflict.) This book would make a terrific mini-series as it follows who in our historical military events might actually be the true heroes.
Rosepoint Publishing: Five of Five Stars
The Author: (From Amazon Author page) A native Hoosier, GLEN CRANEY is a novelist, screenwriter, journalist, and lawyer. He caught the history bug as a boy while tracing the steps of his ancestors on Civil War battlefields and the reconstructed forts of the first Kentucky pioneers.
His travels around the world have found him playing baseball in Cuba, walking the biblical sites of Israel, exploring the Secret Vatican Archives in Rome, and climbing Templar castles in Scotland and France. His books have taken readers to Occitania during the Albigensian Crusade, to the Scotland of Robert the Bruce, to Portugal during the Age of Discovery, to the trenches of France during World War I, and to the American Hoovervilles of the Great Depression.
He graduated from Hanover College with a major in history and holds graduate degrees from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. After a stint as a trial lawyer, he joined the Washington, D.C. press corps to write about national politics and cover the Iran-contra trial for Congressional Quarterly magazine.
In 1992, he moved to California to write movie scripts. His feature screenplay Whisper the Wind, about the Navajo code talkers of World War II, was awarded the Nicholl Fellowship Prize by the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences for best new screenwriting. With the encouragement of his mentor, Hollywood legend Harry Essex, he tried his hand at historical fiction and mystery-thrillers and has never looked back.
His debut historical novel, The Fire and the Light, was named Best New Fiction by the National Indie Excellence Awards. He is also a three-time indieBRAG Medallion Honoree, a Chaucer Award First-Place Winner, a three-time Foreword Reviews Book-of-the-Year Award Finalist, a Scéal Mystery-Thriller Award Finalist, a Nautilus Silver Award Winner, an IPPY Silver Award Winner, an Eric Hoffer Finalist and Honorable Mention Winner, a Da Vinci Eye Award Finalist, and a BTS Readers Choice Award Honorable Mention. Visit Glen’s website. Sign up for Glen’s newsletter for special offers and news about his books at . Follow Glen on Facebook. Follow Glen on Twitter. Photo attributions MacArthur and Hoover – Wikipedia. ©2018 C E Williams