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 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today.
World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will. A World Undone does not claim to have all the answers - if answers are even possible. However, it will provide listeners with enough information to understand why the questions persist, and perhaps in some cases, to arrive at conclusions of their own. A World Undone is a grand, tragic story brilliantly told.
About the author: G. J. Meyer is a professional writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Harper’s, and many other publications. While working for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he was awarded a Nieman Fellowship by Harvard University. He is the author of the New York Times best seller The Tudors, the Edgar Award-winning The Memphis Murders, and other works.
©2006 G. J. Meyer (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“A World Undone is an original and very readable account of one of the most significant and often misunderstood events of the last century. With a historian’s eye for clearheaded analysis and a storyteller’s talent for detail and narrative, G. J. Meyer presents a compelling account of the blunders that produced the world’s first ‘great war’ and set the stage for many of the tragic events that followed.” (Steve M. Gillon, resident historian, the History Channel)
“Thundering, magnificent…This is a book of true greatness that prompts moments of sheer joy and pleasure. Researched to the last possible dot…It will earn generations of admirers.” (Washington Times)
“Meyer’s sketches of the British Cabinet, the Russian Empire, the aging Austro-Hungarian Empire, the leaders of Prussia with their newly minted swagger, are lifelike and plausible. His account of the tragic folly of Gallipoli is masterful.” (Los Angeles Times)
Good book, great reader. There are a few inaccuracies, especially when dealing with subjects beyond the western front, but all in all a great introduction with a welcomed focus on the background of the conflict and some of it's central characters!
Excellent World War One history.. An important read for everyone to understand not only the war but the reasons why many other tragedies of the 20th and 21st centuries occurred. 10/10
Yes. Learned a ton about WW1. Great overview book.
Don't remember specifics, but do remember wanting to cry.
Yes, see above.
Great overview. Tragic war. Good book even if you don't already know a ton about WW1. Good performance.
I've never thought much about WWI, but having finished a book on the second war I dove into this one. Striking visuals and wonderful detail without getting mired down.
Unlikely. There seemed to be some illustrations that would have been extremely useful in understanding some of the descriptions of the movements of the various armies.
Emotion and inflection seemed to be mostly missing. The performance was more of a recital than anything else.
The "background" sections were the most interesting for me, as they brought a sense of humanity to the overall story.
Listening to this book expanded my knowledge of the western world and its effects on humanity. Events of this war still impact us today. I have since read several books about world war l and have enjoyed every one of them. Thorough description of the August fervor for war and then the destruction that followed.
I couldn't make it through the book because of lack of social history and the perspective from the trenches. Body counts not enough to bring this war to full perspective. I happen to like Robin Sachs as a rather smokey reader of Jo Nesbo books but he might not have the staying power for a book this long.
Very good narrator and very clear explanations of complex issues. He breaks up the narration with BACKGROUND so that you never become overwhelmed with detail.
"Inferno" which is a history of WW2 by Max Hastings. They both bring CLARITY (but they don't simplfy) international relations and battles.
Yes I love his tone---a little sad at the immense tragedy of the war.
No---it's quite long.
He concludes with "but that is another story." I sorely hope he writes that story.
The narrator was fantastic for this book. It is a great history of the war. While potentially a little dry at times, it certainly delivers a complete story of a war that I only thought I knew a lot about!
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