Dreams of a Great Small Nation

The Mutinous Army that Threatened a Revolution, Destroyed an Empire, Founded a Republic, and Remade the Map of Europe

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL:  "It is an epic story unknown even to many World War I history buffs, who tend to concentrate on the trench warfare of the Western Front. . . . With admirable energy [McNamara] has assembled the story by piecing together archival records and the memoirs of the gallant men who served in the rejuvenated Czech Legion.  . . . fascinating narrative."  -- Historian and author ARTHUR HERMAN.

PUBLISHERS'S WEEKLY:   "In this captivating narrative history . . .  McNamara proves to be a great storyteller . . . "

U.S. Ambassador ADAM H.  STERLING:  "Thank you for the copy of your book, Dreams of a Great Small Nation.  I had heard praise for the book even before receiving it from you, and I look forward to reading it."

American historian THOMAS FLEMING:  "I just got my copy.  I've read the first two chapters.  It's a fascinating book.  I've heard so much about the Czech Legion -- but knew virtually nothing.  It's a saga!" 

KIRKUS REVIEWS:   ". . . A fantastic addition to the shelves of World War I histories."

Author ANNA P:  "This is a fan letter.  Thank you for writing and publishing Dreams of a Great Small Nation.  I am still in the middle of the book, and I am learning so much."  

HISTORY OF WAR (London):  ". . . this incredible story lives up to its billing.  Perhaps the most remarkable thing about it, though, is that it's a fable that's remained largely untold.  Until now. . . . A captivating tale, brilliantly told."

Journalist FRANK K:  "I am greatly enjoying the book. . .  To me, the hardest thing to do is to make writing both informative and engaging, which I think you've done very well."

THE LITERARY REVIEW (London):  "This is a very good subject and McNamara has done a creditable job."  -- British historian and author NORMAN STONE.

LAUREL H:  "I have devoured your book.  Amazing story.  Thank you so much for telling this story."

HENRY B:  "I loved how you seamlessly put the specific experiences of the Legion within the context of World War One, the Russian Revolution, and pre-war nationalist politics . . . This was a great and informative read.  Thanks for writing it."

NASE RODINA ("Our Family"):  "Nearly 100 years after the bizarre military conflict, Kevin McNamara bravely tackled the task of explaining events that unfolded faster than they could be reported from the vast Russian interior. . . McNamara’s book skillfully plucks at the tangled knot. . . His book does more than relate the exploits of the Czecho-Slovak Legion in Siberia.  It also tells the backstory of the founding of Czech-Slovakia in 1918, and the course of the Russian revolution. . . Readers will also find intriguing surprises . . . McNamara has managed to mold a confusing set of military events into an absorbing read." -- Emeritus Professor KENNETH JANDA. 

Professor JAMES L:  "I very much like your book!  It's a great read."

AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC:  ". . . a fresh, fascinating, and grisly narrative . . ."  -- THOMAS A. DINE, President

JOHN C:  "Just finished Dreams.  I'm 80 years old and for the last five years have been studying WWI, the Russian Revolution, the Balkans, and just happened upon Dreams on Amazon.  Thank you for a very informative and wonderful extension to my education . . ."  

BEN U:  "I read your book from cover to cover and really enjoyed it . . . thanks for a great book."

Professor RICHARD M:  "Fantastic, I consumed it in two sittings.  The structure of parallel chapters on the political context and the Legion was great."

SHELF-AWARENESS:  "Kevin J. McNamara highlights this bizarre and heroic story in Dreams of a Great Small Nation.  Much of his extensive source material is only recently available, and he uses it well.  The brave misadventures of the Czech Legion deserve the wider recognition this fascinating history should provide."

DANIEL G:  "I am savoring every page and inching along.  I was expecting your book to be academic and dry, but it is not.  It is very well written.  It reads nicely, following a clear line of thinking."