I gave up on this book one of those books that you should enjoy, a competent author reaosnably narrated but doesn't entertain, inform, or hold ones interest.
The fact that it brings attention to an almost forgoten, but an important, part of American Histroy
The background story of all the key players, not just America and Germany but Mexico, Japan and Great Britian.
When Wilson's outlook on going to war takes an 180 degree turn
The sound is fair, takes some getting used to. Most people are aware of how the first world war got started, monarch is killed by a nationalist. Few know how the US got drawn into the war, was it the sinking of merchant ships, black operations in part of Germany, or a telegram... like most serious problems in the world it was most likely due to several reasons rather than just one. This book deals mainly with mainly one yet still shows the relevance of the others...
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a different perspective on what led to the US getting involved in WW1. The subject matter is a bit thin for an entire book and the author (while being rather accomplished for Guns of August) was a bit redundant and disorganized in laying out the details.
No. I have never read the print version, however I will do so to enjoy it without the audio as it is a super book.
Very little. Her style of reading in this book, took away from the what is other wise a thumbs up read. Oration far to slow and lacks energy when it might be excitement , Felt as if I were being read a bedtime story, and then nod of into a nights sleep.
Not worth a credit I am sorry to say.
This is only the second Tuckman book I have read and it confirms my estimation she was a readers digest level historian. This has been a surprise to me because her Guns of August had near mythical standing. And thus I was actually angered when I listened to that travesty. I had just finished A World Undone and gave it five stars. So decided to find out her take on the origins of WWI.
IMHO she very seriously erred. Worse then that, I believe she must have willfully committed historical malpractice. Why or to what end is mystery. Accordingly, I recommend readers review the corresponding August part of the other book.
I do recommend this book for people, who, like me have only a passing knowledge of pre WWI American history. German efforts to divert American attention to threats from a dreamed of Japanese/Latin American alliance were actually rather sinister and plausible.
Further, the Allied Powers won the war on the Western Front before America ground forces piled on at the end. All of the several German offenses in the first half of the year failed spectacularly. The Germans were in full retreat when America forces were prematurely committed only days before the German withdrawal became apparent.
it was easy to follow understand and gave a clear time line. The story made Wilson's change more realistic not just politics as usual.
This history is packed with characters and twists and turns, being an ignorant geek I had never heard of this episode of history, the incompetence of the diplomats and the poor strategy of both the German military and the American president offset against the surprising competence and efficiency of the codebreakers in room 40.
It is a hard listen as it needed to be read a little more slowly to allow the dense information in the story to be absorbed. Still worth the effort as it explained a lot to this ignoramus.