The Largest Food Relief the World Had Ever Seen
COMING IN 2018
Tells the Riveting Full Story
- Kirkus’ Best Books of 2014 & Kirkus Starred Review
- Finalist, history, 2014 Foreword Reviews’ Indie Book of the Year, March 2015
- Finalist, general nonfiction, 67th annual Colorado Authors League Writing Awards, May 2015
- Starred Review, Blue Ink Reviews, June 2015
- Positive Reviews from Publishers Weekly, Foreword magazine, Denver Post
Young idealistic Americans volunteered to go into German-occupied territory as CRB delegates to guarantee the donated food would not be confiscated by the Germans. And, perhaps most difficult, the Americans had to swear on their honor to be completely neutral, even as they watched the Belgians suffer under the harsh German regime.
This noble service by Americans during World War I is known to few Americans today, but it’s a chapter in our history which we should know and take pride in. I tell much of this great humanitarian story through the eyes of the delegates and Belgians who did the work. It is a story of heroism and humanity far behind the killing fields and trenches of World War I, and both books are fashioned in the highly readable writing style exemplified by Erik Larson, Laura Hillenbrand, and David McCullough.
Behind the Lines — already in print — details the war’s chaotic first five months (August-December 1914), the founding of the CRB and the CN, and the initial civilian resistance to the harsh German rule. This nonfiction book follows the head of the CRB, a handful of young CRB delegates, a twenty-two-year-old Belgian woman, two U.S. diplomats, and two Belgians — a businessman and priest — who team up to fight the German occupation.