The Yanks Are Starving: A Novel of the Bonus Army

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Two armies. One flag. No honor.The darkest day in American history.

"[A] wonderful source of historical fact wrapped in a compelling novel....will both teach and entertain." -- Historical Novel Society
Former political journalist Glen Craney has enthralled readers with historical novels set during the medieval crusades and the Scottish wars of independence. Now the award-winning author turns to World War I and the Great Depression, bringing to life the little-known story of the Bonus March of 1932, which culminated in a shocking clash between thousands of homeless veterans and U.S. Army regulars on the streets of the nation's capital.

  • "[A] vivid picture of not only men being deprived of their veterans' rights, but of their human rights as well.... Craney performs a valuable service by chronicling it in this admirable book."
    -- MILITARY WRITERS SOCIETY OF AMERICA
  • "Craney has written an outstanding social and military historical novel of the United States."
    -- MARINE VETERAN JOSEPH SPUCKLER
  • Foreword Book-of-the-Year Finalist Historical Fiction
  • indieBRAG Medallion
  • Chaucer Award Finalist

Mired in the Great Depression, the United States teeters on the brink of revolution. And the nation holds its collective breath as a rail-riding hobo leads 20,000 World War I veterans on a desperate quest for justice to the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

This timely epic evokes the historical novels of Jeff Sharra as it sweeps across three decades with eight Americans from different backgrounds who survive the fighting in France and come together again, fourteen years later, to determine the fate of a country threatened by partisans of communism and fascism:
  • Herbert Hoover, the beleaguered president.
  • Douglas MacArthur, the ambitious general.
  • Pelham Glassford, the compassionate police chief.
  • Walter Waters, the troubled leader of the Bonus veterans.
  • Floyd Gibbons, the war correspondent and famous radio broadcaster.
  • Joe Angelo, the Italian-American who serves as George Patton's orderly.
  • Ozzie Taylor, the street musician turned Harlem Hellfighter.
  • Anna Raber, the Mennonite nurse.
We follow these men and women from the Boxer Rebellion in China to the Plain of West Point, from the persecution of conscientious objectors in the Midwest to the horrors of the Marne in France, and from the Hoovervilles of the heartland to the pitiful Anacostia encampment in the bowels of the District of Columbia.

Here is an alarming portrayal of the political intrigue and government betrayal that ignited the only violent conflict between two American armies under the same flag.

  • "One of the best and most memorable books I have ever read."
    -- MARINE VETERAN NATHAN MERCER
  • "Craney combines the visual imagery of a screenwriter and the objectivity of a journalist with the passions of a writer... [E]ssential reading for those who found truth and beauty co-existent in the works of John Steinbeck and John Dos Passos."
    -- LINDA ROOT, THE REVIEW GROUP UK
  • "[I] know of no other fiction writer who has made this brave, tragic protest movement the main theme of a novel, until now. Glen Craney deserves praise for recognizing the significance and dramatic potential of the Bonus Army story."
    -- THE COMPULSIVE READER
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From the Author:

Author Interview:

Q: How did you learn of the Bonus March?
A: I came upon the story several years ago as Washington journalist covering national politics and Iran-contra. I wrote it first as movie script, which has received award recognition and a positive response in Hollywood.

Q: You follow your main characters through the 1918 fighting in France before reuniting them in 1932 for the Bonus March. Why?
A: As I got into the research, I realized that the shock of the confrontation on Pennsylvania Avenue could not be fully understood without depicting what those men went through on the Western Front.

Q: Was there one character in particular who surprised you?
A: In every novel I write, one character always seems to jump off the page. This time, it was Floyd Gibbons, the flamboyant war correspondent. He was Edward R. Murrow, Ernie Pyle, and Walter Cronkite rolled into one, with some P.T. Barnum on the side. A pure joy to recreate.

Q: What do readers say to you after finishing the novel?
A: The most common reaction is dismay that they had never heard of the Bonus March; then, shock and outrage at how our veterans were treated.

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* * * Foreword Reviews Book-of-the-Year Finalist * * *
* * * indieBRAG Medallion Honoree * * *
* * * Chaucer Award Finalist * * *

Mired in the Great Depression, the United States teeters on the brink of revolution. And as the summer of 1932 approaches, a charismatic, rail-riding hobo leads twenty thousand desperate World War I veterans across the country to the steps of the U.S. Capitol to demand payment of their service compensation.

The tragic events depicted in this sweeping historical novel are unfolded through the eyes of eight Americans, all from widely different backgrounds, who survive the fighting in France and come together again during a tense July month to determine the nation's fate:

  • Herbert Hoover, the beleaguered president.
  • Douglas MacArthur, the ambitious West Point general.
  • Pelham Glassford, the compassionate District of Columbia police chief.
  • Walter Waters, the troubled leader of the Bonus veterans.
  • Floyd Gibbons, the war correspondent and famous radio broadcaster.
  • Joe Angelo, the banty Italian-American who serves as George Patton's orderly.
  • Ozzie Taylor, the street musician turned Harlem Hellfighter.
  • Anna Raber, the Mennonite nurse.
This timely epic leads the reader across a memorable panorama ofAmerican history, from the Boxer Rebellion in China to the Plain of West Point, from the persecution of conscientious objectors to the horrorsof the Marne, and from the Hoovervilles of the heartland to the pitifulAnacostia encampment in the bowels of the nation's capital.

Here is the shocking but little-known story of the politicalintrigue and government betrayal that culminated in the only armed clash between two American armies under the same flag.

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