This sample includes the first three chapters of the novel.
Mired in the Great Depression, the United States teeters on the brink of revolution. And as the summer of 1932 approaches, a charismatic hobo leads twenty thousand desperate World War I veterans into the nation's capital to demand their service compensation. The events depicted in this sweeping historical novel are unfolded through the eyes of eight individuals who come together on a tense July day to determine the nation's fate:
- Herbert Hoover, the beleaguered president.
- Douglas MacArthur, the ambitious West Point general.
- Pelham Glassford, the compassionate DC police chief.
- Walter Waters, the troubled leader of the Bonus veterans.
- Floyd Gibbons, the war correspondent and radio broadcaster.
- Joe Angelo, the Italian-American orderly for George Patton.
- Ozzie Taylor, the street musician turned Harlem Hellfighter.
- Anna Raber, the Mennonite nurse.
This epic historical novel leads the reader across a memorable panorama of American history, from the Boxer Rebellion in China to the Plain of West Point, from the persecution of conscientious objectors to the horrors of the Marne, and from the Hoovervilles of the heartland to the pitiful Anacostia encampment in the bowels of the nation's capital.
Here is the shocking but little-known story of the political intrigue and government betrayal that culminated in the only fight ever waged between two American armies under the same flag.
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A graduate of Indiana University School of Law and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Glen Craney practiced trial law before joining the Washington press corps to cover national politics and the Iran-contra trial for Congressional Quarterly magazine. The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences awarded him the Nicholl Fellowship for best new screenwriting. His debut novel, The Fire and the Light, was named Best New Fiction by the National Indie Excellence Awards and an Honorable Mention winner by Foreword Magazine for its Book of the Year in historical fiction. In 2014, two of his historical novels--The Yanks Are Starving and The Spider and the Stone--were named Foreword finalists for its BOYTA award. He lives in southern California.
Genres: Historical Fiction and Mystery-Thrillers.
"The writing was impressive. It felt truly like each character was giving their own version of history. The story was moving. I was worried, agitated, down right pissed off, hopeful, mournful, an awful lot of feelings that wouldn't have been induced if not for great story telling."
-- Goodreads review
"In vivid, fast-moving detail, Glen Craney brings to life this forgotten chapter in US history -- when 20,000 World War I veterans camped in the nation's capital to demand the bonuses they were promised. The result: The only pitched battle ever fought between American armies fighting under the same flag. As Congress considers cutting back benefits to US troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Craney's wonderful historical novel serves as an important reminder. This is a timely and entertaining book."
-- Amazon review