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Paris 1919 Audiobook

Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, renowned historian Margaret MacMillan's best-selling Paris 1919 is the story of six remarkable months that changed the world. At the close of WWI, between January and July of 1919, delegates from around the world converged on Paris under the auspices of peace. New countries were created, old empires were dissolved, and for six months, Paris was the center of the world. Bringing to vivid life the individuals who participated in the great Peace Conference, including Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill, Lawrence of Arabia, and Ho Chi Minh, Paris 1919 is a landmark work of narrative history.

©2002 Margaret MacMillan; (P) Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"This book is a treasure." (Booklist)
"MacMillan's lucid prose brings her participants to colorful and quotable life, and the grand sweep of her narrative encompasses all the continents the peacemakers vainly carved up." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Anonymous 02-07-09
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    "Good book, well narrated"

    I have some familiarity with the topic but I am not sure that was necessary to appreciate this well written, thorough narrative of the conference of the Allied powers that was the final act of World War I. The author provides a very good description of the three men, Woodrow Wilson, David Lloyd George and Georges Clemenceau who together drew a new map of the world out of the destruction of WW I.
    The author's style reminds me of Barbara Tuchman, who is one of my favorite authors. The book provides a wealth of information in a style that is never dry or boring. This is good narrative history that kept me interested in the story of one of the most important events of the 20th century. The author never got bogged down by the details as she told the final chapter of how the dynasties of Europe were replaced by a group of modern nations.
    Ms. McMillan draws a fine picture, warts and all, of how these world changing decisions were made. Wilson is the idealist who gets worn down by the balance of power ideas of Clemenceau and Lloyd George. He finally lets them draw the map as long as the treaty includes the League of Nations. Clemenceau's goal is to grind down Germany and safeguard France. Lloyd George fights for the interests of England in Africa and the Middle East. The scene where the German delegation is presented with a treaty which they must sign or watch their country continue to starve shows how power was wielded by the Big Three.
    I enjoyed the book very much and can only list a few high points in my limited space. The narrator is very good and certainly contributed to an overall experience that exceeded my expectations.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    R L Crepeau 01-02-06
    R L Crepeau 01-02-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Informative and entertaining"

    This is an outstanding book that probes the depths of the US, UK and French leaders and their thinking in 1919. It is informative as well as entertaining in the humanistic portrayals of participants in the 1919 peace conference. The best read book I've heard especially given I am hearing deficient.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    David A. Cadogan Miramichi, NB & Gulfport, FL 06-30-07
    David A. Cadogan Miramichi, NB & Gulfport, FL 06-30-07 Member Since 2017
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    "Factual and colourful"

    I'm overwhelmed with the exhaustive effort Margaret MacMillan put into this book. For the first time, I have some idea of the challenges that faced the leaders of the day.
    The book is rich in factual detail and coloured with the personal details, observations and personalites of the players.
    It has immediately become a very important element in my understanding of the 20th century.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Prairie Village, KS USA 12-24-05
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    "History repeats itself."

    Everyone with an oar in the water on Afghanistan and Iraq ought to read this book. Anyone who wonders why central Europe is so titanically messed up needs to read this book. Anyone who wants to know why the world looks the way it does today needs to read this book. It is at times dry and full of endless asides, but all the detail leads towards understanding. Very worthwhile.

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    carynification Florida 01-28-10
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    "audible kids? no way"

    The intro that this is for audible kids was a shocker. I was an avid reader as a kid, but this book is way too tedious for a child, it would have caused me to jump out a window. However, as an adult, it is a very good and thorough history lesson. I learned more though about that period in American history (and indeed world history) than I ever knew before. Just when I thought the world leaders actually knew what they were doing, you find out that they were basically winging it.

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    MarjD 03-14-06
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    "Plodding narration"

    McMillan's scholarship is deep, her analyses incisive, her personal portraits illuminating and often humorous. My gripe is with the narration, which, to this American listener's ear, is plodding and "vedy sediously" pretentious, barely tolerable even with the iPod cranked up to warp speed. I'd recommend instead McMillan's lecture series on the same topic, available from audible.com, which is of course in her own, very delightful, voice.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 06-26-11
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    "Loved this book"

    I really enjoyed this book. I thought she did a great job both telling the story of the peace conference chronologically and also looping back to each country/region in specifics. The color of the characters (Lloyd George, Wilson and Clemenceau in particular) was really good and gave insight into their personalities and points of view. I came away with a much better understanding of the peace conference, the reasons for some of the decisions made and the context for subsequent events. I enjoyed the narrator as well.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Highland Park, IL, USA 10-22-05
    Paul Highland Park, IL, USA 10-22-05 Member Since 2017
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    "For Serious History Buffs"

    If you want to read about the Great War and its aftermath, there are other, shorter books, and many of those will be more entertaining. I could have done with a lot less detail about some of the players, even Clemenceau and Wilson, and this book may be better in the "abridged" version. On the positive side, MacMillan provides a series of fascinating connections between Versailles and problems the world is still wrestling with today.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anita Wilson Lander, Wy United States 09-28-17
    Anita Wilson Lander, Wy United States 09-28-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Paris 1919"

    This was a thorough a retelling of what happened at the peace conference; incredibly detailed and readable at the same time. The book is organized into the various geographic areas so that one can follow the thread of each of the participants. Everything you want to know about the treaty of Versailles. This was the roots of some modern day problems.

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    D Taitt 09-25-17
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    "An enjoyable review"

    An enjoyable review of those that gathered for the creation of the treaty. Lots of interpretation and very American but a good start to my acquiring information on this topic.

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