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A World Undone Audiobook

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

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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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    Mark 04-21-17
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    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.

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    Joshua Wozniak 04-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Complete and mind boggling account of the Great War"

    Incredible in its detail and completeness. This account could probably be read 5 times before all the information it has to offer is truly absorbed. Meyer provides background and context for the complicated political and military landscape that led to, and perpetuated, a tragic war that lasted long past a useful end.

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    "Long, but worth it."

    Great narration, gives any student of The Great War far more than just a battle by battle listing. The who's and why's of everything going on makes some sense of the whole calamity, and you can see (with benefit of hindsight) how it changed the course of history.

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    Stephen A. Fisk Queensbury, NY United States 04-10-17
    Stephen A. Fisk Queensbury, NY United States 04-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "FANTASTIC!!!!!"

    This book is without a doubt one of the best books i have ever heard!

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    Amazon Customer United States 03-29-17
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    "Learn from history"

    Never new much about The Great War. Glad I wasn't born in late 1800's.

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    This book gives a brief overview of medieval Europe going all the way back to the 8th century which really helped me understand the tragedy of the First World War.
    The eastern theatre was also covered very well.
    The best overview of the First World War I have read. Highly recommended.

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    "Authoritative"

    This is an excellent recounting of the events leading up to, during and after the first world war. The author's accuracy is commendable. However, this is far more of a textbook than a good read; suitable for students at a military academy or those with a profound interest in the intricacies of futile combat... and what a stupid, futile, destructive event this war was!

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    "Really great overview of the whole war"

    I was looking for a history of the entire war. I had read Tuchman's amazing THE GUNS OF AUGUST which gets into the causes of the war in fascinating detail. But I've never found a book that takes the reader from June 1914 to the Treaty of Versailles. I highly recommend this volume.

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    Brian Popp 03-19-17
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    "Knocked my socks off"

    Never before has an author given me a thorough overview of The Great War. Highly recommended for those who need a high-level concept of the causes, processes, and outcomes of the war.

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    Christopher 03-18-17
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    "A gripping and heart breaking tale"

    When Dan Carlin sent this book recommendation out to his fans, I knew it had to be good. My expectations were more than exceeded. Robin Sachs, may he Rest In Peace, delivers an amazing performance. He brings the emotion and drama surrounding World War I to life, truly making it feel like living history. Beyond his stellar performance, GJ Meyer has woven an amazing story of World War I that is thorough, engaging and great listen. A must read for history fans. 5 stars, check it out

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