New Mexico had only been a state for five years when American entered the first World War in 1917. David Holtby will describe NM’s wartime mobilization, the military experience of its soldiers, sailors and marines and the postwar lives of those veterans. His book is a poignant account of the profound changes that happened to New Mexicans who returned from Europe.
David V. Holtby served at the UNM Press for nearly 30 years as in-house editor. He earned his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Washington, spent four years as a military intelligence analyst, and completed his doctorate at UNM in 1978 where he wrote an award-winning dissertation on the social origins of the Spanish Civil War. Upon retiring in 2006 he resumed historical research, publishing half-a-dozen articles and two award-winning books: Forty-Seventh Star: New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood (2012) and Lest We Forget: World War I and New Mexico (2018).