• A More Unbending Battle

  • The Harlem Hellfighter's Struggle for Freedom in WWI and Equality at Home
  • By: Peter Nelson
  • Narrated by: Jarvis Hooten
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The night broke open in a storm of explosions and fire. The sound of shells whizzing overhead, screeching through the night like wounded pheasants, was terrifying. When the shells exploded prematurely overhead, a rain of shrapnel fell on the men below better than when the shells exploded in the trenches...

In A More Unbending Battle, journalist and author Pete Nelson chronicles the little-known story of the 369th Infantry Regiment, the first African-American regiment mustered to fight in WWI. Recruited from all walks of Harlem life, the regiment had to fight alongside the French because America's segregation policy prohibited them from fighting with white U.S. soldiers. Despite extraordinary odds and racism, the 369th became one of the most successful and infamous regiments of the war. The Harlem Hellfighters, as their enemies named them, spent longer than any other American unit in combat, were the first Allied unit to reach the Rhine, and showed extraordinary valor on the battlefield, with many soldiers winning the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honor.

Replete with vivid accounts of battlefield heroics, A More Unbending Battle is the thrilling story of the dauntless Harlem Hellfighters.

©2009 Peter N. Nelson (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

Critic Reviews

“In rich detail, Mr. Nelson recalls how the regiment fought valiantly at the front (and through its marching band helped introduce jazz to Europe.) Some of the most moving passages, though, are about what happened before and after.” ( New York Times)
“A thrilling story of the heroes and horrors of war, A More Unbending Battle restores the overlooked Harlem Hellfighters to their rightful glory. Peter Nelson has brought to life an extraordinarily pivotal moment in the history not only of World War I, but of race in the American consciousness.” (Henry Louis Gates, Jr, Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University)

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A unique history novel depicting the struggle of black Americans during and after the First World War. A little 'listy' at times but focuses in on some good individuals.

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The book gives a great account of what the men went through before, during, & after the war.

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Should be a movie

Fascinating story about the men that fought with the French against the Germans to be Americans. What these men went through to fight for a country that was against them. This story details the lives of some of the Harlem Hellfighters fighting both against the Germans and the racial hatred back home in the US.
Finding the acceptance with the French that they should have received back home, this was part of the push forward for the acceptance of all men, regardless of race, that continues this day in the country these men fought for.

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Great listen.... very insightful! Tells tryths!

Great listen.... very insightful! Tells truths and uses real world accounts from actual war! You will not be disappointed if you desire real time knowledge of the Harlem Hellfighters!

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Harlem Hellfighters

A story that has needed to be told for a long time. God Bless.

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a great historical look at race relations

a fascinating history of race relations during WW1. Excellent insights of both of the war and how those who fought for Democracy abroad were treated.

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Never before heard of historical content. Familiar takes in historical content interwoven into this specific narrative.
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What a pity!

What a pity that freedom for all men doesn't extend to those who defend it.

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A must read

A must read for anyone that wants to know the truth about African Americans role in WWI.

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The History of the Harlem Hellfighters WWI researched with great detail. My issue is the narrator does not fit the story being told. He reads like a college professor lecturing. Despite the flat narration this is a story that must be told.

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  • Brian Murgatroyd
  • 09-27-21

Terrific

A terrific story that deserves wider coverage; the prejudice these men suffered sounds incredible, but for the fact it still happens, though less openly, 100 years later.

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  • Helen
  • 11-18-18

New take on WWI

A whole area of history that I have been unaware of, good facts and reads well, only dislike was the terrible American pronunciation of French place names.