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RADIO — America’s Work Force Radio, Interview

Jeffrey Miller, author of WWI Crusaders, came on the show to talk about the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) during World War 1 and how it helped feed 10 million starving people in German-occupied Belgium. He discusses the humanitarian

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BOOK REVIEW — Foreword Clarion Review, 4 of 5 stars

WWI Crusaders is an important historical account of an earnest effort to save a people from wartime destruction. Jeffrey B. Miller’s historical work WWI Crusaders reveals the detailed story behind the world’s largest famine relief effort, which took place during

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BOOK REVIEW — Publishers Weekly, BookLife Review

Miller expands upon his previous volume (Behind Enemy Lines) to provide the complete story of the Commission for the Relief of Belgium, a private American-led relief organization that supervised the import and distribution of food to the people of German-occupied

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RADIO — Beyond 50 Radio Show, Interview

For Beyond 50’s “History” talks, listen to an interview with Jeffrey Miller. He’ll describe one of the most pivotal moments when a group of young, idealistic Americans banded together during World War I to become part of Herbert Hoover’s CRB

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RADIO — BackStory, “WWI Crusaders”

Jeffrey B. Miller’s new book WWI Crusaders tells the story of a little-known World War I humanitarian effort led by future United States president Herbert Hoover. On August 4, 1914, Germany invaded Belgium, launching World War I and ushering a

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ARTICLE — Military History Now, “The War Against Famine”

FOR NEARLY 100 years, when civilians anywhere in the world have been impacted by conflict or disaster, the response has been universal: “America will help.” That was not the case before the First World War. Although little remembered today, one

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BOOK EXCERPT — American Heritage, “Belgians Deported to Slave Factories”

Before the start of World War I in August 1914, the Belgian village of Virton, with its hilly streets, massive Catholic church, and remnants of medieval walls, was home to 3,500 Walloon, or French-speaking, residents. Located just south of the Ardennes

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ARTICLE — Veterans News Report, “New Book and Rare Photos for WWI 100th Anniversary”

Few have heard of the CRB—the American-led Commission for Relief in Belgium. For nearly 10 million Belgians and Northern French facing imminent starvation behind German lines in World War I, the CRB was life-saving. With the indomitable help of young,

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BOOK REVIEW — Kirkus Reviews, BEST BOOKS of 2018, Starred Review

Miller (Behind the Lines, 2014, etc.) offers the second volume of a tour-de-force history detailing a little-known World War I humanitarian rescue mission, led by a future American president. During the early years of the First World War, an amazing

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BOOK REVIEW — BlueInk, Starred Review

In WWI Crusaders, Jeffrey B. Miller provides an exhaustive and absorbing portrait of a mission to prevent the starvation of the Belgium civilian population during the first four years of World War I. Miller chronicles the overarching efforts of Herbert

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