Crucible

The Long End of the Great War and the Birth of a New World, 1917-1924
Narrated by: Charles Emmerson
Length: 25 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: History, 20th Century
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The gripping story of the years that ended the Great War and launched Europe and America onto the roller coaster of the 20th century, Crucible is filled with all-too-human tales of exuberant dreams, dark fears, and the absurdities of chance....

In Petrograd, a fire is lit. The Tsar is packed off to Siberia. A rancorous Russian exile returns to proclaim a workers' revolution. In America, black soldiers who have served their country in Europe demand their rights at home. An Austrian war veteran trained by the German army to give rousing speeches against the Bolshevik peril begins to rail against the Jews. A solar eclipse turns a former patent clerk into a celebrity. An American reporter living the high life in Paris searches out a new literary style.

Lenin and Hitler, Josephine Baker and Ernest Hemingway, Rosa Luxemburg and Mustafa Kemal - these are some of the protagonists in this dramatic panorama of a world in turmoil. Revolutions and civil wars erupt across Europe. A red scare hits America. Women win the vote. Marching tunes are syncopated into jazz. The real becomes surreal.

Encompassing both tragedy and humor, the celebrated author of 1913 brings immediacy and intimacy to this moment of deep historical transformation that molded the world we would come to inherit.

©2019 Charles Emmerson (P)2019 PublicAffairs

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Splendid in all respects

Entertaining and deftly-crafted montage crafted rolling present narrative. Worth at least one listen, maybe two.

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Such an amazingly well done book

There is a lot of information in this book that I’ve never seen before which educated me on many things in greater depth. The narrator was also fantastic