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The Zimmermann Telegram Audiobook

The Zimmermann Telegram

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Publisher's Summary

In the dark winter of 1917, as World War I was deadlocked, Britain knew that Europe could be saved only if the United States joined the war. But President Wilson remained unshakable in his neutrality. Then, with a single stroke, the tool to propel America into the war came into a quiet British office. One of countless messages intercepted by the crack team of British decoders, the Zimmermann telegram was a top-secret message from Berlin inviting Mexico to join Japan in an invasion of the United States. Mexico would recover her lost American territories while keeping the U.S. occupied on her side of the Atlantic.

How Britain managed to inform America of Germany's plan without revealing that the German codes had been broken makes for an incredible, true story of espionage, intrigue, and international politics, as only Barbara W. Tuchman could tell it.

©1958 Barbara W. Tuchman (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A true, lucid thriller…. Mrs. Tuchman makes the most of it with a creative writer’s sense of drama and a scholar’s obeisance to the evidence.” (New York Times)

“The tale has most of the ingredients of an Eric Ambler spy thriller.” (Saturday Review)

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    K. Plaisance Buffalo Gap, TX United States 04-23-13
    K. Plaisance Buffalo Gap, TX United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2016

    Hippie Gal

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    "The Zimmerman Telegram"

    Interesting story. Especially the parts that involved taking over the SW again. Narrator did a wonderful job.

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    David 04-08-13
    David 04-08-13 Member Since 2013

    Professor of American and World History at a community college. Enjoys hard science fiction, space fantasy and space opera, fantasy, and historical narratives. Heck, I'll read anything once!

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    "History for the Non-Historian"
    If you could sum up The Zimmermann Telegram in three words, what would they be?

    Concise, clear, and understandable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As a work of non-fiction, there really aren't characters per se. However, Tuchman's ability to convey the individual habits and traits of the many, MANY historical figures she introduces us to is wonderful. I am a historian myself and I found her portrayals and insights into the various movers and shakers (as it were) of the Zimmerman Telegram incident and the whole run up to it to be quite useful and informative.


    What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is able to convey the subtle wit, humor, and irony the author clearly intends in several passages. History is often dry--Tuchman's work is far from it and McCaddon's performance brings it even further to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    While it didn't make me laugh or cry, there were several times where I had a "whoa!" moment. I've studied this period and even taught it and this book revealed to me many things I had not known before.


    Any additional comments?

    For the lay fan of history, this is an excellent introduction to a period of World War I that most people overlook or simply gloss over. America's involvement in the war was strictly secondary, yet its potential involvement was HUGE for both sides. Tuchman portrays the myriad schemes, plots, and intrigues in a concise, clear manner that is both easily followed and complete. For the historian, she provides a wealth of detail so rarely discussed in other works. An excellent "read" for either group.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Toowoon Bay, Australia 03-12-13
    Robert Toowoon Bay, Australia 03-12-13
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    "A clear explanation of a very involved plot"
    Would you listen to The Zimmermann Telegram again? Why?

    No, but only because the explanation is so lucid, a rereading would be unnecessary, it covers all the politics relevant to the American entry in the First World War


    What other book might you compare The Zimmermann Telegram to and why?

    "The Guns of August" also by Barbara W Tuchman, which covers the events of August 1914 prior to and during WW1


    What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Beautiful clear diction.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No,as it was not that kind of book


    Any additional comments?

    I would read all the historic works by Barbara W Tuchman both for her detailed research and clarity of explanation

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dblms 03-08-13
    Dblms 03-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed by this audio...Narrator too fast."

    I was disappointed in this listening experience. As this is an historical account of actual events during WWI, the narrator read it much too fast for my preference. It made it difficult to absorb many of the details of the information and difficult to understand some of her words at times. I felt like the reading was taking place under time constraints or as a contest in speed-reading the book. Additionally, the narrator added more characterization and dramatization than I found preferable for an historical account. I was relieved to finish the book (which seemed to take 3 times longer than actual time). The book itself provided a lot of information regarding this particular event and multiple events and scenarios prior to the telegram. It included many years prior to the telegram and, for me, it seemed more than necessary. Or perhaps if the narration was better for this type of book, it would have proved more interesting.
    I recently finished "A World Undone" written by G.J. Meyer and narrated by Robin Sachs. It is a complete account of WWI and though it is lengthy, both the book and narration were very well done and held my interest. I thought The Zimmerman Telegram would be a good supplement to it, but I could have skipped it...this version at least. Perhaps if the book was shorter and/or had more effective narration, I would have enjoyed it.

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    lloyd mollymook, Australia 03-06-13
    lloyd mollymook, Australia 03-06-13
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    "alonzo"

    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.

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    Peter Barland, M.D. New Rochelle,, NY, US 03-04-13
    Peter Barland, M.D. New Rochelle,, NY, US 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating insight into US role in WW I"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A terrific book. Lots of istory I didn't know and some biting irony and humor.


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    Jennifer Burnet, Tx, United States 11-28-12
    Jennifer Burnet, Tx, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Real life spy novel"
    Would you listen to The Zimmermann Telegram again? Why?

    Maybe. I really liked the story and I'm trying to get my husband to read it. (He's the reader in the family.)


    What did you like best about this story?

    I could see this book play out in my mind, like a movie.


    Have you listened to any of Wanda McCaddon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I really liked her performance though.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I'm not that creative... :)


    Any additional comments?

    I would LOVE for Hollywood to make this book into a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer San Francisco, CA, United States 12-19-11
    Jennifer San Francisco, CA, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A key to modern history"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I had read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Zimmerman, of course.


    Have you listened to any of Wanda McCaddon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Bakersfield, CA, United States 11-29-10
    Matt Bakersfield, CA, United States 11-29-10
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    "Interesting and boring at the same time."

    Interesting story presented in a fairly boring fashion. While the overall arc of what was happening is interesting, it's boringly written and read.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful

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