The Author

Matthew Davenport is a practicing attorney in Eastern

North Carolina, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

He earned his Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army

Reserves and a Bachelors in Arts and Juris Doctor from

Campbell University.  He is a member of the Military Writers

Society of America, and First Over There will be his first book.

Advance Reviews

"The story of the men who participated in the first attack by American troops in World War 1 is military history at its best.  The Battle of Cantigny proved to European allies and enemies alike that U.S. doughboys could fight.  The gritty, grinding, lethal nature of warfare on the Western Front comes alive for the reader in this splendid book."

       --James McPherson, Pulitzer-prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom:the Civil War Era.

"Not only does Davenport trace the battle with addictive readability, but he brings to life both the ordinary soldiers who were there and the leaders who still resonate throughout history, General John 'Black Jack' Pershing and George Marshall among them . . . Davenport has placed Cantigny in its rightful place on the map of World War 1 battles."
           --Joseph Persico, author of Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour.

"This is first-rate military history, which recounts the personal reality of this country's first foray overseas as a great power."

          --Dr. John Milton Cooper, author of Pulitzer-finalist Woodrow Wilson: A Biography.

"First Over There is an exhilarating, minutely-detailed, boots-on-the-ground account of America's baptism by fire in the maelstrom of World War 1.  It's a solid work of military history--and a great read."

         --James Carl Nelson, author of The Remains of Company D and Five Lieutenants. 

















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