The Yanks Are Starving: A Novel of the Bonus Army

“[A] wonderful source of historical fact wrapped in a compelling novel….will both teach and entertain.” — Historical Novel Society

Former political journalist Glen Craney has enthralled readers with novels set during the medieval crusades and Scottish wars of independence. Now the award-winning author turns to World War I and the Great Depression, bringing to life the little-known story of the Bonus March of 1932, which culminated in a shocking clash between thousands of homeless veterans and U.S. Army regulars on the streets of the nation’s capital.

  • “[A] vivid picture of not only men being deprived of their veterans’ rights, but of their human rights as well…. Craney performs a valuable service by chronicling it in this admirable book.”
  • “Craney has written an outstanding social and military historical novel of the United States.”
  • Foreword Book-of-the-Year Finalist Historical Fiction
  • indieBRAG Medallion
  • Chaucer Award Finalist

Mired in the Great Depression, the United States teeters on the brink of revolution. And the nation holds its collective breath as a rail-riding hobo leads 20,000 fellow World War I veterans on a desperate quest for justice to the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

This timely epic evokes the historical novels of Jeff Sharra as it sweeps across three decades with eight Americans from different backgrounds who survive the fighting in France and come together again, fourteen years later, to determine the fate of a country threatened by communism and fascism:

  • Herbert Hoover, the beleaguered president.
  • Douglas MacArthur, the ambitious general.
  • Pelham Glassford, the compassionate police chief.
  • Walter Waters, the troubled leader of the Bonus veterans.
  • Floyd Gibbons, the war correspondent and famous radio broadcaster.
  • Joe Angelo, the Italian-American who serves as George Patton’s orderly.
  • Ozzie Taylor, the street musician turned Harlem Hellfighter.
  • Anna Raber, the Mennonite nurse.

We follow these men and women from the Boxer Rebellion in China to the Plain of West Point, from the persecution of conscientious objectors in the Midwest to the horrors of the Marne in France, and from the Hoovervilles of the heartland to the pitiful Anacostia encampment in the bowels of the District of Columbia.

Here is an alarming portrayal of the political intrigue and government betrayal that ignited the only violent conflict between two American armies under the same flag.

  • “One of the best and most memorable books I have ever read.”
  • “Craney combines the visual imagery of a screenwriter and the objectivity of a journalist with the passions of a writer… [E]ssential reading for those who found truth and beauty co-existent in the works of John Steinbeck and John Dos Passos.”
  • “[I] know of no other fiction writer who has made this brave, tragic protest movement the main theme of a novel, until now. Glen Craney deserves praise for recognizing the significance and dramatic potential of the Bonus Army story.”


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