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The Zimmermann Telegram Audiobook

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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    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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    Steve Winnett Massachusetts 08-16-17
    Steve Winnett Massachusetts 08-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Hi*story* at its best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    "The first message of the morning watch plopped out of the pneumatic tube into the wire basket with no more premonitory rattle than usual." This splendid opening sentence, which in my mind rivals those of Ian Fleming, begins our journey into how a "pebble on the long road of history" - this intercepted telegram - "killed the American illusion that we could go about our business happily separate from other nations." The story is the stuff of spy thrillers and its outcome - the entry of the United States into World War I in 1917 - of monumental importance. The author turns great history into a great and compelling story. This book is an incredible achievement.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Admiral Hall, the British Director of Naval Intelligence at the time, is unquestionably the hero of this narrative. He brilliantly masterminded the handling of this intercepted telegram to turn the course of history because without the United States on their side, it is totally possible that Britain and France might have been brought to their knees by the Germans' unrestricted U-boat warfare on merchant shipping - and history would have been altered in a deadly way.


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

    She brings a voice of authority and reason which makes this great story - a total delight to read between the covers of the book - an equal delight to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Why America matters so much to the free world.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you, Audible, for making this recording available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan C Engler 08-11-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Expecting Better"

    While it is written well, the performance of the British reader was too mundane for me. I often found my mind wondering from not being fully engaged. Personal preference really.

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    Emma Carlsgaard 07-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good history, very British"

    As an American, between the accent and how it was written, it came off as a little dry. But as long as I was able to stay awake, I learned a lot!

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    Bill 07-09-17
    Bill 07-09-17
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    "Tuchman delivers an engaging narrative history"

    Well-researched history provides useful knowledge for evaluating the currents around us today. This work is a fitting companion to Tuchman's marvelous Guns of August and serves to answer the questions about how and why the US decided to enter the fray of WWI.
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    This narrative history answers the following question: With the world's foremost Progressive in the White House, possessed of a naive hope of separating the adversaries engaged in a titanic death struggle, what events might lead this pacifist to change from a policy of isolation to a declaration of war? Here as in other similar cases (Chamberlain at Munich, Obama in the Middle East) we find an inability or unwillingness to comprehend the world as it exists.
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    With a well-researched story full of intrigue and driven by strong personalities, we see how the United States lost its innocence and finally engaged on the international stage in 1917.

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    Zuinhell 05-13-17
    Zuinhell 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 SC 04-20-17
    Judy L. Knaapen SC 04-20-17 Member Since 2017
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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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