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BOOK REVIEWS the Army applied new flash-freezing and freeze-drying methods, and it researched and implemented new deboning methods. Also introduced was airtight packaging, which was employed for bread, vegetables, and snacks. With the end of World War II, food manufacturers focused their manufacturing and marketing efforts on the consumer. The author shows the significant impact of the military on food science, the American diet, the military-culinary complex, the efficiency of American agriculture, and new food-processing techniques. With scratch cooking becoming a dying art, many of the military techniques described in the book have been adopted by commercial food service companies. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in the connections between the military and society. My impression of this book is that is well researched and written. Lt. Col. David Campbell Jr., U.S. Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas AMERICA AND WORLD WAR I: A Traveler’s Guide Mark D. Van Ells, Interlink Publishing Group, Inc., Northampton, Massachusetts, 2015, 432 pages M ark Van Ells’s America and World War I: A Traveler’s Guide is an excellent book that skillfully executes the difficult task of combining the two genres of historical narrative and travel guide. In setting out to mesh the two styles, the author provides a great service to the reader without trying to be definitive in either genre. Thus, Van Ells’s work is not a traditional historical narrative with a thesis and supporting points, but it is scholarly and well researched, and it reads well. In addition, it is not a traditional tour book. Those looking for a guide to battlefield sites that leads the tourist from historic location to location will not find that here. However, Van Ells’s approach places the locations into a more comprehensive context that explains the importance of each site. Perhaps even more important, his book explores scores of locations beyond the well-known battlefields in France, locations that provide fresh new looks at the entire American war effort: an abundance of sites in the United States; MILITARY REVIEW  March-April 2016 airfields, training bases, and supply bases in France; and even sites in Great Britain and Italy. As the author puts it, “Great War history can turn up in the most unexpected places.” The book is generally arranged chronologically, but it includes topical chapters such as those on Pershing, the American rear area, areas outside of France, African-American troops, the war at sea, and the air war. The first four chapters (almost one-fifth of the book) cover events before American units arrive in France, which is one of the great strengths of the book. These predeployment sections examine ski