Portrait of War: The U.S. Army's First Combat Artists and the Doughboys' Experience in WWI

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Portrait of War tells the gripping true story of eight graphic artists recruited by the government and sent into combat to create a visual historical record of World War I. Featuring both their stunning illustrations and deep personal reflections, Portrait of War is a moving testament to the bravery of these artist-soldiers and the remarkable record of war they left behind.

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Eight individuals witnessed more of the American fightingexperience during World War I than any other U.S. participant,military or civilian. Commissioned as captains in the AmericanExpeditionary Force (AEF), these brave men—known as the AEF'sEight—risked their lives roaming through occupied zones,blood-soaked battlefields, and the forward trenches to complete agroundbreaking mission: they were the first artist-soldiers to berecruited through official government channels to make a historicalrecord of war.

Portrait of War tells the gripping story of theseartist-soldiers for the first time. Drawing upon the graphicletters, diaries, and memoirs the men kept as well as theinterviews they conducted, Peter Krass presents a completelydifferent view of the Great War as seen through the eyes of thesechosen few, who were determined to capture "the shock and loss andbitterness and blood of it."

Despite the dangers that lay ahead, the men, proud of their rolein recording history, were thrilled to have what one called "a freeticket to the greatest fight in the world." The antithesis of leandoughboys primed for battle, the artists, who had received littleto no formal military training, traveled the battlefields together,sketching what they saw and watching out for one another when underfire.

Krass skillfully brings the AEF Eight's journey with thesoldiers to life, revealing in rich, compelling detail how theyshared cramped quarters on ships headed overseas and marched acrossthe countryside, documenting the small but meaningful moments thesoldiers shared in between artillery attacks. Their lives would beirrevocably altered as, with each sketch, they made new discoveriesabout the realities of war and the people on both sides of theconflict.

Featuring stunning illustrations by the artists, chosen fromtheir vast collection of remarkable work, Portrait of War isa testament to the bravery of these eight men and the soldiers withwhom they shared the trenches.

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"Riveting . . . Krass weaves a fascinating story of the firstofficial attempt by the Army to capture the essence of war throughthe eyes and pencils of eight top American artists who were sent tothe Western Front in France. A marvelous eyewitness story of the'Big War.'"
—Col. H. A. Chenoweth, USMCR Ret., Korean War veteran,Vietnam and Gulf War combat artist, and author of Art of War ASearing Account of World War I as Seen by the Artist

Eighty-five years before there were embedded journalists withAmerican armed forces in Iraq, eight brave artist-soldiers riskedtheir lives in the trenches and battlefields to bring the realityof World War I back home.

In Portrait of War, Peter Krass shares the heroicadventures of these men as they witnessed, explored, and depictedthe trials and triumphs of the American soldier and the tragedy ofwar. Written with the intensity of a novel, this compellingnarrative follows the artists as they marched shoulder to shoulderwith the doughboys, sketching while under fire and doing their bestto stay alive. Studded with examples of their remarkable work andexcerpts from the artists' journals, this thrilling account placesus at the front lines as surely as our television cameras dotoday.

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