My Dear People: The World War I Letters of Private Ned Crawford [Crawford]


My Dear People is made up of three different alternating ingredients, each by a different author: a historical account of surrounding military events by Christopher McManus, Constance Crawford’s commentary on her father’s life and writing, and the letters themselves by Ned Crawford.

These writings are interwoven chronologically here to make Private Ned Crawford’s story comprehensible, entertaining, and moving. The letters Ned wrote to his best friend while serving as a soldier in World War I offer an intimate, quirky, and intelligent account of what it was like for a thirty-one-year-old man who abhorred war and any official interference with individual freedom to submit to a wartime draft and to perform his part in the enormous human drama that was the American Expeditionary Force.

This book was printed in the United States.