We are very disappointed to report that due to poor weather and travel impediments our event with Theo Emery has been canceled.

"Hellfire Boys"
Event date: 
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
4869 Main St
Manchester Center, VT 05255

 

We are so sorry to have to cancel this event due to travel difficulties and weather conditions. If we are able to rescehedule we will.

Description

To see a fabulous review of this book by The Washington Post click here. 

An explosive look into the dawn of chemical warfare during World War I 
"A terrifying piece of history that almost no one knows." - Hampton Sides
In 1915, when German forces executed the first successful gas attack of World War I, the world watched in horror as the boundaries of warfare were forever changed. Cries of barbarianism rang throughout Europe, yet Allied nations immediately jumped into the fray, kickstarting an arms race that would redefine a war already steeped in unimaginable horror.
Largely forgotten in the confines of history, the development of the U.S. Chemical Warfare Service in 1917 left an indelible imprint on World War I. This small yet powerful division, along with the burgeoning Bureau of Mines, assembled research and military unites devoted solely to chemical weaponry, outfitting regiments with hastily made gas-resistant uniforms and recruiting scientists and engineers from around the world into the fight.
As the threat of new gases and more destructive chemicals grew stronger, the chemists' secret work in the laboratories transformed into an explosive fusion of steel, science, and gas on the battlefield. Drawing from years of research, Theo Emery brilliantly shows how World War I quickly spiraled into a chemists' war, one led by the companies of young American engineers-turned-soldiers who would soon become known as the "Hellfire Boys." As gas attacks began to mark the heaviest and most devastating battles, these brave and brilliant men were on the front lines, racing against the clock-and the Germans-to protect, develop, and unleash the latest weapons of mass destruction.

About the Author
Theo Emery is a journalist who has written for the New York Times, the Associated Press, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Tennessean, and other publications. He has appeared on NPR and WBUR in Boston. He graduated from Stanford University in 1994, and earned an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College in 2014. He was a 2015 Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow. He lives outside Washington, D.C. with his wife Audie N. Cornish,  American journalist and current co-host of NPR's All Things Considered. 

 

 

Hellfire Boys: The Birth of the U.S. Chemical Warfare Service and the Race for the World’s Deadliest Weapons Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316264105
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 14th, 2017

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