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Never In Finer Company: The Men of the Great War's Lost Battalion


Never In Finer Company: The Men of the Great War's Lost Battalion

The University Club of Albany Foundation is pleased to present a lunchtime book event with author and historian Edward G. Lengel on his book, released last month, Never in Finer Company: The Men of the Great War’s Lost Battalion.  The event will take place at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16. 

Writing in the New York Journal of Books, Jerry Lenaburg said of the book, “The story of the ‘Lost Battalion’ is one of the great legends of the so-called Great War, and this new volume, written by a foremost historian of World War I, presents this tale in a new way by stripping away the legend to expose the more intriguing tale underneath.”

Lenaburg said further, “The real impact of this book is the description of the postwar aftermath for these men as a microcosm of what happened to many World War I veterans.  All of these men were deeply affected by what they saw and did during their time in combat, and in an era when post-traumatic stress disorder was not recognized or even really acknowledged, they all bore their trauma in different ways, and each of them in large part fought their psychological demons alone.”

Award-winning historian Ed Lengel presently serves as 2018 Revolutionary in Residence at Colonial Williamsburg, and has served as Chief Historian of the White House Historical Association and Professor and Director of the University of Virginia, Washington Papers.  He has authored numerous books, including First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His—and the Nation’s—Prosperity, and Thunder and Flames: Americans in the Crucible of Combat, 1917-1918, which won the Army Historical Foundation’s Outstanding Book Award, and the U.S. Military History Group’s Master Corporal Jan Stanislaw Jakobczak Book Award.  He won a National Humanities Medal, along with the Washington Papers Project, in 2005.

 Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Cost for the event is $20 and includes a hot buffet lunch.  Reservations are required.  The event is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc. and one need not be a member of the University Club to attend. Call the University Club at 518-463-1151 or click below to reserve your seat and get more detailed information.

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