A More Unbending Battle

The Harlem Hellfighter's Struggle for Freedom in WWI and Equality at Home

By Peter Nelson
(Basic Civitas Books, Hardcover, 9780465003174, 304pp.)

Publication Date: May 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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The untold story of the Harlem Hellfighters, the all-black WWI regiment from Harlem who—against all odds—became one of the most feared and decorated units of the war.

About the Author

Pete Nelson’s writing has been published in numerous publications, including Harper’s, Esquire, Men’s Health, Outside, and Rolling Stone. He is an award-winning author of seventeen books, the most recent being Left for Dead. He lives in South Salem, New York.

Praise For A More Unbending Battle

New York Times
“In rich detail, Mr. Nelson recalls how the regiment fought valiantly at the front (and through its marching band helped introduce jazz to Europe.) Some of the most moving passages, though, are about what happened before and after.”

Kirkus Reviews
“Nelson seamlessly interweaves the military narrative with vivid firsthand accounts…[He] offers a nuanced, in-depth portrait of this group of ordinary men who fought with inspiring courage and dignity. A valuable addition to World War I and civil-rights scholarship on a subject too frequently overlooked.”
Marilyn Nelson, Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Book Award, and three-time National Book Award honoree, Connecticut Poet Laureate, and author of Carver: A Life in Poems and A Wreath for Emmett Till
“Having watched the Tuskegee Airmen receive their due respect some sixty years after they served, I commend Peter Nelson’s A More Unbending Battle for the respect it gives to an earlier and equally deserving group of American patriots. This book, long overdue, makes an invaluable contribution to American and African-American military history.”

Henry Louis Gates, Jr, Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University
“A thrilling story of the heroes and horrors of war, A More Unbending Battle restores the overlooked Harlem Hellfighters to their rightful glory. Peter Nelson has brought to life an extraordinarily pivotal moment in the history not only of World War I, but of race in the American consciousness.” 

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