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The Zimmermann Telegram

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Publisher's Summary

In the dark winter of 1917, as World War I was deadlocked, Britain knew that Europe could be saved only if the United States joined the war. But President Wilson remained unshakable in his neutrality. Then, with a single stroke, the tool to propel America into the war came into a quiet British office. One of countless messages intercepted by the crack team of British decoders, the Zimmermann telegram was a top-secret message from Berlin inviting Mexico to join Japan in an invasion of the United States. Mexico would recover her lost American territories while keeping the U.S. occupied on her side of the Atlantic.

How Britain managed to inform America of Germany's plan without revealing that the German codes had been broken makes for an incredible, true story of espionage, intrigue, and international politics, as only Barbara W. Tuchman could tell it.

©1958 Barbara W. Tuchman (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A true, lucid thriller…. Mrs. Tuchman makes the most of it with a creative writer’s sense of drama and a scholar’s obeisance to the evidence.” (New York Times)

“The tale has most of the ingredients of an Eric Ambler spy thriller.” (Saturday Review)

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    lloyd mollymook, Australia 03-06-13
    lloyd mollymook, Australia 03-06-13
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    "alonzo"

    I gave up on this book one of those books that you should enjoy, a competent author reaosnably narrated but doesn't entertain, inform, or hold ones interest.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley APO, AP, United States 11-28-12
    Wesley APO, AP, United States 11-28-12
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    "Great Story"
    What did you love best about The Zimmermann Telegram?

    The fact that it brings attention to an almost forgoten, but an important, part of American Histroy


    What did you like best about this story?

    The background story of all the key players, not just America and Germany but Mexico, Japan and Great Britian.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Wilson's outlook on going to war takes an 180 degree turn


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Makhanitis 07-10-10
    Makhanitis 07-10-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Back story to the infamos telegram..."

    The sound is fair, takes some getting used to. Most people are aware of how the first world war got started, monarch is killed by a nationalist. Few know how the US got drawn into the war, was it the sinking of merchant ships, black operations in part of Germany, or a telegram... like most serious problems in the world it was most likely due to several reasons rather than just one. This book deals mainly with mainly one yet still shows the relevance of the others...

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ari New York, NY, United States 08-16-11
    Ari New York, NY, United States 08-16-11 Member Since 2017

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    "Interesting Topic - poorly written"

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a different perspective on what led to the US getting involved in WW1. The subject matter is a bit thin for an entire book and the author (while being rather accomplished for Guns of August) was a bit redundant and disorganized in laying out the details.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great historical research"

    If you like well research books on historical topics I'm sure you will love this book. The Zimmermann Telegram reveals a lot of the culture and political conflicts that lead to the U.S. entering the first World War. I highly recommend it.

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    Judy L. Knaapen 04-20-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Informative, educational and a eye opener!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Zimmermann Telegram to be better than the print version?

    No. I have never read the print version, however I will do so to enjoy it without the audio as it is a super book.


    What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very little. Her style of reading in this book, took away from the what is other wise a thumbs up read. Oration far to slow and lacks energy when it might be excitement , Felt as if I were being read a bedtime story, and then nod of into a nights sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth a credit I am sorry to say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David United States 08-23-16
    David United States 08-23-16 Member Since 2012

    Hellicopter Man

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    "A 'graphic novel' of an historical work. "

    This is only the second Tuckman book I have read and it confirms my estimation she was a readers digest level historian. This has been a surprise to me because her Guns of August had near mythical standing. And thus I was actually angered when I listened to that travesty. I had just finished A World Undone and gave it five stars. So decided to find out her take on the origins of WWI.

    IMHO she very seriously erred. Worse then that, I believe she must have willfully committed historical malpractice. Why or to what end is mystery. Accordingly, I recommend readers review the corresponding August part of the other book.

    I do recommend this book for people, who, like me have only a passing knowledge of pre WWI American history. German efforts to divert American attention to threats from a dreamed of Japanese/Latin American alliance were actually rather sinister and plausible.

    Further, the Allied Powers won the war on the Western Front before America ground forces piled on at the end. All of the several German offenses in the first half of the year failed spectacularly. The Germans were in full retreat when America forces were prematurely committed only days before the German withdrawal became apparent.



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    Thomas J. Tague NH 05-09-16
    Thomas J. Tague NH 05-09-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Simply wonderful"

    This is another in depth treatise of history well done by Barbara Tuchman. I give this my highest recommendation.

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    Amazon Customer Ontario, CA USA 05-07-16
    Amazon Customer Ontario, CA USA 05-07-16 Member Since 2013

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    "It was easy to understand and follow with names a"

    it was easy to follow understand and gave a clear time line. The story made Wilson's change more realistic not just politics as usual.

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    Timothy Cromarty, United Kingdom 08-04-15
    Timothy Cromarty, United Kingdom 08-04-15
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    "Great story but not an easy listen"

    This history is packed with characters and twists and turns, being an ignorant geek I had never heard of this episode of history, the incompetence of the diplomats and the poor strategy of both the German military and the American president offset against the surprising competence and efficiency of the codebreakers in room 40.

    It is a hard listen as it needed to be read a little more slowly to allow the dense information in the story to be absorbed. Still worth the effort as it explained a lot to this ignoramus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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