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A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918

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The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed twenty million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today.

The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed twenty million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today.

Synopsis:

The First World War is one of history's greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account,

Synopsis:

Accomplished with brio... Meyer] blends 'foreground, background, and sidelights' to highlight the complex interactions of apparently unconnected events behind the four-year catastrophic war that destroyed a world and defined a century.-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

G. J. MEYER is a professional writer whose bylines have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Harper’s, and many other newspapers and magazines. While working for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he was awarded a Nieman Fellowship by Harvard University. He is the author of two nonfiction books, The Memphis Murders, recipient of an Edgar Award for Nonfiction, and Executive Blues. Meyer lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

pt. 1. July 1914: into the abyss — June 28: the black hand descends (The Serbs) — Never again (The Hapsburgs) — Setting fire to Europe (The Hohenzollerns) — July 25 to 28: secrets and lies (The Romanovs) — July 19 to 31: fear is a bad counselor (The Ottoman Turks) — Saturday, August 1: Leaping into the dark — pt. 2. August-December 1914: Racing to Deadlock — The iron dice roll (Paris in 1914) — First blood (London 1914) — A perfect balance (The junkers) — To the Marne (The French commanders) — Back from the Marne (The British Commanders) — Flanders fields — pt. 3. 1915: A zero-sum game — The search for elsewhere (The machinery of death) — The Dardanelles (The sea war) — Ypres again (Troglodytes) — Gallipoli (An infinite appetite for shells) — The ground shifts (Genocide) — Gallipoli again, and Poland, and... — pt. 4. 1916: bleeding to death — Verdun: preparation (Old wounds unhealed) — Verdun: execution (The living dead) — Verdun metastasizes (Airships and landships) — Maelstrom (The Jews of Germany) — The Somme (Farewells, and an arrival at the top) — Exhaustion — pt. 5. 1917: things fall apart — Turnips and submarines (Consuming the future) — A new defense, and a new offense (Hearts and minds) — Revolution and intevention (The Cossacks) — The Nivelle offensive (The war and poetry) — Wars without guns (Enter the tiger) — Passchendaele — pt. 6. 1918: The last throw of the dice — Going for broke (Kaiser Wilhelm II) — Entangling misalliances (Lawrence of Arabia) — Michael (Ludendorff) — An impossibly complex game (The women) — The black day of the German army (The gardeners of Salonika) — The sign of the defeated — Postwar: the fate of men and nations.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780440335870
Subtitle:
The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
Publisher:
Delacorte Press
Author:
Meyer, G. J.
Author:
G. J. Meyer
Subject:
History-General
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - World War I
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
General History
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060530
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
670

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History and Social Science » Military » World War I
History and Social Science » World History » European History General
History and Social Science » World History » General

A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
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Product details 670 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780440335870 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The First World War is one of history's greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account,
"Synopsis" by , Accomplished with brio... Meyer] blends 'foreground, background, and sidelights' to highlight the complex interactions of apparently unconnected events behind the four-year catastrophic war that destroyed a world and defined a century.-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

From the Hardcover edition.

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