I really enjoyed this book. An excellent introduction to World War I for the uninitiated or those who, like me, hadn't studied the Great War in many years. I especially appreciated how the author sprinkled in the background information throughout the book organically, rather than taking the first third of the book just explaining all of the players and setting the stage for the conflict. My only, very minor, criticism is that the war outside of Europe is almost completely ignored. I would have appreciated at least some cursory coverage of the international aspects of World War I. Regardless, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about the Great War.
I have been going through several books on the great war, and intend to keep going, but this one is my favorite so far. The narrator was great, the book was very thorough considering it's an overview of the entire war, and yet it was easy to remain engaged all the way through.
Environmental Engineer and Disc Golfer
I can't speak highly enough about this book. I listened to it at work in the mornings before the emails started rolling in, and I couldn't get enough. I find the dynamics of national politics juxtaposed with the misery and heroism of soldiers from all sides utterly compelling. I have been so drawn in that I purchased two additional resources - audio books on the Somme and Galipolli campaign.
A World Undone provides enough detail to understand the events, while being clear and concise enough that it made me interested in even more detailed analyses. I listened to this book with Wikipedia open so I could follow along with maps and pictures.
In summary, this is the definition of a five-star history book. Also, the narration is perfect.
No prior knowledge of the cultural string is required due to meyer's alternating of background and content chapters
Does an excellent job of explains how the war started and how recent and long ago history contributed to the war starting.
the background chapters are terrific, and the story is wonderfully, although it is challenging at times, told in a chronological fashion. great!
Loved the book and reading. Wonderfully read but there are a number of spots where it sounds like they dubbed in parts. Not a problem but kind of broke the flow.