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A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918 | [G. J. Meyer]

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    David G. Marshall Michigan 09-25-12
    David G. Marshall Michigan 09-25-12 Member Since 2012

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    I am not an historian. Have never understood WW1. This book, elaborate in details (sometimes too much so), tells me the story so I understand it. Great!

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    Joan F. Ashcraft OLYMPIA, WA, United States 09-07-12
    Joan F. Ashcraft OLYMPIA, WA, United States 09-07-12
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    "Higher level than I was looking for"

    This was very interesting however it was high level - this general did this on this day - kind of stuff. I prefer info about what it was like for the average person on the ground.

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    Dave Minster, OH, United States 07-31-12
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    "A great book about The Great War"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I certainly did not want it to end. It could have been twice as long and still would have been riveting.


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    So many history books written about World War I by Americans or Brits tend to be heavily biased toward the Allies (Ms. Tuchman, for example), but this book is as even handed as possible, as history books ought to be. Well done!

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    William SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 09-08-13
    William SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    What disappointed you about A World Undone?

    This is only until 1918. Just as the U.S. enters the war, the book ends. If their is a 2nd half (as the ending implies) audible doesn't have it. Terrible and unfortunate too. Up until the sudden ending, I had enjoyed it.


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    I can't recommend this book.

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