Program 445a: Paul Theroux Deep South; More World War I Sites

Release Date: 10-21-2017


Author Paul Theroux shares the insights he gleaned about America from the people he met in the small towns and backroads of the Deep South. Then history professor Mark D. Van Ells returns with more suggestions for visiting places that honor the sacrifices of Allied troops in World War I.


  • Travel writer Paul Theroux, author of "Deep South" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Mark D. Van Ells, author of "America and World War One:  A Traveler's Guide" (Interlink)

Related Links

  • Mark D. Van Ells is the author of "America and World War One: A Traveler's Guide." 
  • Mark recommends the American Battle Monuments Commission for discovering World War I monuments and sites that honor the service of American troops.    
  • American doughboys played a role in the battle of Chateau-Thierry at Belleau Wood in France.
  • Not far from Verdun, Professor Van Ells also recommends visiting sites in eastern France where American forces fought at Saint-Mihiel, and the adjacent American cemetery at Thiaucourt, the Meuse-Argonne, and the American cemetery at Romagne-sous-Montfaucon. He also mentions the town of Savenay in western France.

Program Extras

More with Mark D. Van Ells - Rick talks with history Professor Mark D. Van Ells from City University of New York about how the trench warfare strategies of the First World War lagged behind developments in military technology, The "Great War" also provided training for many of the famous military leaders of the Second World War. (runs 3:54)