A World Undone

A World Undone

The Story of the Great War, 1914-1918

Book - 2007
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Drawing on exhaustive research, this remarkable, intimate account tells the story of how World War I reduced Europe's mightiest empires to rubble, killed twenty million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today.

On a summer day in 1914, a nineteen-year-old Serbian nationalist gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. While the world slumbered, monumental forces were shaken. In less than a month, a combination of ambition, deceit, fear, jealousy, missed opportunities, and miscalculation sent Austro-Hungarian troops marching into Serbia, German troops streaming toward Paris, and a vast Russian army into war, with England as its ally. As crowds cheered their armies on, no one could guess what lay ahead in the First World War: four long years of slaughter, physical and moral exhaustion, and the near collapse of a civilization that until 1914 had dominated the globe.

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"Thundering, magnificent . . . [ A World Undone ] is a book of true greatness that prompts moments of sheer joy and pleasure. . . . It will earn generations of admirers." --The Washington Times

"Meyer's sketches of the British Cabinet, the Russian Empire, the aging Austro-Hungarian Empire . . . are lifelike and plausible. His account of the tragic folly of Gallipoli is masterful. . . . [ A World Undone ] has an instructive value that can scarcely be measured" -- Los Angeles Times

"An original and very readable account of one of the most significant and often misunderstood events of the last century." --Steve Gillon, resident historian, The History Channel
Publisher: New York : Bantam Dell, 2007, c2006.
ISBN: 9780553382402
Characteristics: xxxvi, 777 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.

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