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Publisher's Summary

National Best seller

New York Times Editors’ Choice

Winner of the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize

Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize

Silver Medalist for the Arthur Ross Book Award of the Council on Foreign Relations

Finalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award

For six months in 1919, after the end of “the war to end all wars”, the Big Three - President Woodrow Wilson, British prime minister David Lloyd George, and French premier Georges Clemenceau - met in Paris to shape a lasting peace. In this landmark work of narrative history, Margaret MacMillan gives a dramatic and intimate view of those fateful days, which saw new political entities - Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Palestine, among them - born out of the ruins of bankrupt empires, and the borders of the modern world redrawn.

©2007 Margaret MacMillan (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“The history of the 1919 Paris peace talks following World War I is a blueprint of the political and social upheavals bedeviling the planet now.... A wealth of colorful detail and a concentration on the strange characters many of these statesmen were keep [MacMillan’s] narrative lively.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“MacMillan’s book reminds us of the main lesson learned at such a high cost in Paris in 1919: Peace is not something that can be imposed at the conference table. It can grow only from the hearts of people.” (Los Angeles Times

“For anyone interested in knowing how historic mistakes can morph into later historic problems, this brilliant book is a must-read.” (Chicago Tribune

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