The American curmudgeon H.L. Mencken recognized that "disillusion" was the unifying theme for the 1920s literature that was being written by the men who had returned from the war:
"In Three Soldiers John Dos Passos exhibited the disillusionment of the soldiers in the field; 'The Last Mile' by Frank Macallister exposes the disillusionment of the soldier come home".
The reviewer remarked that both authors had been "bamboozled by Woodrow and company".
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