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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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  • Derrel
  • PINSON, AL, United States
  • 05-20-17

Excellent in every way

Well written and read. Excellent content and a fantastic history of WWI. I highly recommend this audio book.

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Awesome

This book is perfect for someone like me that doesn't know much about WW1 but wants a good overview. What I really liked was all of the background information you get about the different countries, empires and personalities involved and how that all tied into the politics.

I highly recommend!

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  • Daniel
  • North Potomac, MD, United States
  • 05-10-17

World War Tragedy.

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I've read a few books on WW1, and this one is very good. The author does a good job of getting into the decision making, particularly for the German, French, and British commands. He also does a good job in getting into some of the backstory on different elements of the war, such as the role of women, the German policies with regard to Jewish recruits, the ruling families and governments, and the like. No one volume can cover a whole conflict, but this one is a fine volume to start with.

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Comprehensive WW1 saga

I've read alot about WW2 but have now really started to seek out WW1 books. This book does an incredible job talking about the background, the why's and the hows behind everything. Absolutely fascinating how complex European stage was before this happened which ultimately led to it kicking off. A must read for any history fan.

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A great History

well read, at a good pace (can even speed it up without chipmunk effect) story told from many perspectives reminds me a little of the Jeff Shaara books. really enjoyed the sections called "background"

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In-depth Narrative of WW1

This book has a lot of details and historical accounts and doesn't skimp on the facts. It covers locations, battles, politics and the like. It is very thorough and should not be mistaken for a light read. That said the narration is very well executed and I enjoyed the reading very much.

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Untold story, perfect narration and story

I loved learning something that people try to diminish as unimportant or boring. it is so important to our world history, great book

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Awesome Book

While the narrator can be a little boring at times, the story is brilliantly written. Highly informative book.

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Thorough

I don't know much about World War 1 but the book seemed to be comprehensive. The beginning is tedious because the author goes into great detail about the causes and onset of the war and, for someone who was fairly uninformed about the subject maybe, it was a struggle to keep straight all of the players that were introduced. I tend to like long, comprehensive books and this one meet that criteria, but I think my level of interest in the subject inhibited my ability to enjoy it. Still, for anyone interested in World War 2, modern warfare, or people interested in understanding egotism and megalomania this is probably a worthwhile listen.

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  • Mark
  • South Africa
  • 04-21-17

Must read

Wonderfully written. The method of story telling with seperate background information kept me within the story timeline and then satisfied the need for more info.