• Never in Finer Company

  • The Men of the Great War's Lost Battalion
  • By: Edward G. Lengel
  • Narrated by: James Lurie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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Never in Finer Company

By: Edward G. Lengel
Narrated by: James Lurie
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It was one of the most heroic events in American military history. Here is the larger-than-life story of World War I's "Lost Battalion" and the men who survived the ordeal, triumphed in battle, and fought the demons that lingered. 

In the first week of October, 1918, 600 men charged into the forbidding Argonne Forest. Against all odds, they surged through enemy lines - alone. They were soon surrounded and besieged. As they ran out of ammunition, water, and food, the doughboys withstood constant bombardment and relentless enemy assaults. 

Seven days later, only 194 soldiers from the original unit walked out of the forest. The stand of the US Army's "Lost Battalion" remains an unprecedented display of heroism under fire. 

Never in Finer Company tells the stories of four men whose lives were forever changed by the ordeal: Major Charles Whittlesey, a lawyer dedicated to serving his men at any cost; Captain George McMurtry, a New York stockbroker who becomes a tower of strength under fire; Corporal Alvin York, a country farmer whose famous exploits help rescue his beleaguered comrades; and Damon Runyon, an intrepid newspaper man who interviews the survivors and weaves their experiences into the American epic. 

Emerging from the patriotic frenzy that sent young men "over there," each of these four men trod a unique path to the October days that engulfed them - and continued to haunt them as they struggled to find peace. Uplifting and compelling, Never in Finer Company is a deeply moving and dramatic story on an epic scale. 

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©2018 Edward G. Lengel (P)2018 Hachette Audio
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An Amazing story

A great book very personable and broad in terms of both telling a story and presenting a historical narrative.we forget as Americans the heroes of world war I. who were just as brave and faithful as their children some 20 plus years later

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Never in Finer Company - The Lost Battalion , WWI

Never in Finer Company follows a handful of "doughboys" - infantry soldiers of World War I . Author Edward Lengel introduces the readers to each of these in a series of individual biographies, which gradually coalesce in the infamous and infernal hell of a battle in the forest in northeast France. This, The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, was one of the last and greatest battles the Americans fought in The Great War. As one Battalion was ordered to keep going "at any cost," the cost was horrific, and the battalion became cut off, surrounded by German forces - out of food, water, ammunition, and even out of carrier pigeons. The desperate struggle welded the mens' hearts and commitment to each other, to courage, to refusing to give up, forging bonds that would survive until the last man's final breath.

This book has a calm tempo - factual, and not emotionally manipulative - but still the story itself made me cry tears of grief, tears of gratitude, tears of honor and compassion. It made me cheer, yell at the General when no one was around to think I'm crazy, and it made me swell up inside with, as the kids say, "all the feels."

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A FINE BOOK ABOUT THE FINDEST OF SOLDIERS...

Outstanding and sad tale of Major Charles W. Whittlesey, SGT Alvin C. York, and their fellow WW1 Heroes, brought from various parts of the USA, and formed into American fighting men who helped their Allied Forces win the Great War. Excellent recount of their battles during and after WW1, and great narration, too - Should be required reading for every Military History buff and US Soldiers serving today!

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What a story

The American experience in WWI is so often overlooked because of how short of a period of time the USA was in the war. But even though the AEF wasn’t in it for long, their contribution led directly to the armistice. And in the Argonne Forrest, they fought with astonishing bravery legends were born in Alvin York and others. What an astonishing story.

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Entertaining, though fraught with subtle revisioni

I enjoyed the research and character depth of this story, but deplore the random interjection of race, reference of the KKK in the woven narrative of the historical narrative, broadcasting yet another revisionist perspective to what, really was the norm back then. can't modern historians just see the story they are telling, without sneaking in yet another condemnation of an imperfect, but somehow turbulent period in history, without viewing it in the tinted lens of today's even more imperfect society? it does a real disservice to those men, black and white, jew and gentile immigrant and native-born, that went to war on behalf, perhaps naively, of a country they loved in a way few today are capable of? The point is missed if viewed in today's world, as if the sacrifice is given stupidly, and blindly, undeservedly. Those men are at least entitled to that.

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Terrific story, Great Book...

...and a wonderful reminder of heroes- not that long gone to many of us - whose courage, patriotism, sacrifice and RESILIENCE oftentimes seems so lacking. Where do we find such men?

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Captivating

Defiantly well read. Reader puts feeling into the stories so that character is heard and felt.

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Wow

...just wow. This was simply incredible! I've always been interested in WWI, but have never read much about the American involvement. I'm so glad this was my first exposure to it! Well researched, well written, and skillfully read (which is difficult with nonfiction), this is one nonfiction audiobook I'd listen to again!