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Riassunto: The book blends three themes. First, it is a story of discovery, a series of almost miraculous coincidences after the author opened a "box of memories" that his father had assembled, and which had been dormant since his death in 1965. Opening that box and crafting an initial story based on the letters of James Milo Miller led to the discovery of that story by two men in France who found the story important in relating to their own ancestors experiences in the American Revolutionary War and to World War I. That discovering led to the author being invited to France to "walk in his father's footsteps," where James Miller was in training in 1918. Second, it is the inside view of one soldier's story as an American soldier in WWI, from its beginning to the end. His time in the service provides a first-hand experience of a man participating in a world war, provided by his own words in letters to his family in the U.S. James Miller was directly involved in combat as a forward artillery observer, on or beyond enemy lines. He saw the carnage of war, some of which he was never able to rid from his mind, waking at night in a cold sweat remembering what he had seen during battle. What effect did that experience have on the rest of his life, and on his future service to his country? Third, it is a story of a small city, Redon, Brittany, its leadership and all its people, in becoming hosts for thousands of American military in the summer of 1918. The role of the citizens of Redon during that summer was unique. Redon represented a "light in the darkness" of WWI. Would the citizens of other French cities have engaged with thousands of American soldiers as did the citizens of that city? In general, yes, the French throughout the country were very supportive and friendly toward the American military during World War I and, as a shining example, the experience of the Americans in Redon was a wonderful example of the welcome extended to the soldiers and the collaboration between the French and Americans. The author was hosted by today's citizens of Redon in April 2012 so that he could "walk in his father's footsteps," during his time in Redon and his march to Vannes, Brittany, where his brigade embarked for the final battles of World War I. The author was extended the same delightful hospitality that his father had experienced in 1918, ending in a presentation in the City Hall in Redon to local leaders and citizens by today's leaders in the continuing collaboration between America and France.
About the Author: Myron Miller was born and raised in North Irwin, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He received a B.S. in Business Administration at Northwestern University; then earned an M.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He then spent two years in the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corp. Mr. Miller's business career encompassed positions in financial, marketing, strategic and general management, as well as a series of international business executive positions with Westinghouse Electric, The Singer Company, the Sunbeam Corporation and Sears World Trade. He then founded and managed Global Trade Services, Ltd., which had offices in Washington, DC and Rhode Saint Genese, Belgium. The objectives of his company were to help small and medium sized US companies develop and implement their initial entry into European markets. From Belgium, Myron returned to the US to join the faculty of the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University, where he taught international business and international marketing. In addition, he directed the Michigan International Business Development Center and for his last three years Mr. Miller was Director, Executive Development Programs, the non-degree programs for managers and executives. During his business and academic career, he lived and worked in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, England and Belgium. In total, he has had work experience in over 60 countries. In 2003, he was elected “International Trade Educator of the Year” by the North American Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) organization for his innovative education programs in the internationalizing of small to medium sized companies. Myron has held leadership positions in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University as a member of the Board of Directors and as the Chair, Strategic Planning for three years. For his service, he received a distinguished service award. Further, he co-taught two courses on “The Foundations of the US Constitution.” Mr. Miller is a member of the Mayflower Society; his eighth great grandfathers are Myles Standish and John Alden. Mr. Miller is also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. Mr. Miller wrote The Soul of a Soldier: the True Story of a Mounted Pioneer in the Civil War, published in 2011. That book was based on the 46 letters Samuel K. Miller wrote to his wife during that conflict. His great uncle saved those letters, as he did for this book.
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Descrizione libro Myron M. Miller, 2014. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 990926303