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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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    J D Williams Tucson, Arizona 10-18-17
    J D Williams Tucson, Arizona 10-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the Best Books on the Great War"

    This is a brilliant narrative of the first world war that truly paints a vivid picture of the causes of the war, and the horrendous carnage that resulted. It's a thought provoking book that brings home the waste and destruction brought on by pride and hubris. I consider the narrator Robin Sachs, to be one of the very best in this business. His voice and intonation are perfectly married with the text to leave a long and lasting impression.

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    Kindle Customer 10-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great overview of the Great War"

    An excellent introduction to the First World War, with plenty of background to set the stage. After finishing you have a good grasp on the overall situation of the war and can continue to delve much deeper into this fascinating topic with a great base of knowledge. This is well narrated and a great listen.

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    Kindle Customer 09-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Engaging look at the World War One"

    Mr. Meyer wrote a book that kept me hungry for more, not for the book, but for stories of the people and places he recounted. Have the French archives opened its records of the Mutiny of 1917 yet? What do the battlefields of Verdun and the Somme look like today? Meyer presented interesting backstories accompanying each chapter which allowed the reader to take a deeper look into the impetus behind the actions of the people of the time. It was a clear, well written, accurate, and fascinating book. I hope he writes another about World War 2.

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    M. W. 09-11-17
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    "Thorough history of WWI"

    This book is broken up into sections, with each section discussing the events of each year of the war. Also included in each section are chapters of background that detail the history of the different participant nations and peoples of the war. A very insightful book, and well read by the narrator.

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    Barbara S. Best Virginia 08-23-17
    Barbara S. Best Virginia 08-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Book"

    Very well written. Lots of detail and insights. Excellent reading; the narrator gives extra care to proper pronunciation of names and locations.

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    Dave San Jose, CA, United States 08-04-17
    Dave San Jose, CA, United States 08-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Extraordinary job"

    Not only provides a comprehensive history of the Great War, but provides fascinating historical backgrounds of the countries, families, military leaders, and political leaders.

    Very clearly describes the stubbornness and stupidity that led to the slaughter of millions of soldiers, and then sowed the seeds for WWII.

    A very long and detailed book that doesn't spare the fools who led Europe to war, and then spent four years insisting that the next battle would win the war for their side.

    Well worth the many hours that I spent listening to this very long and detailed audio book.

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    Mattias 08-01-17
    Mattias 08-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Gripping, informative and a joy to listen to"

    The story of the first world war told in full by an excellent narrator. From the aspirations that started it to the seeds it laid for the next A World Undone covers it all in detail without slowing pace. Never once did I feel disinterested as no one topic overstay its welcome. A true joy, heavily recommended.

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    "Magnificent 30,000 foot survey of the Great War"

    No single volume history of so large an event can do everything justice, but if you know little or nothing about WWI this is a great place to start.

    Great narration too.

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    Anonymous 07-18-17
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    "one of the best books covering the great war"

    I have listened to many ww1 documentaries and this was the best by a long shot. everything was covered in great detail and really fills in a lot of gaps in history. His coverage of the great war is complete and the narrative by robin Sachs was perfect.

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    David C. Roller United States 07-12-17
    David C. Roller United States 07-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good summary of world war 1"

    I feel like I have a much better understanding of world war 1 thanks to this book. And would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history or World War One

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