Europe's Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914?

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The early summer of 1914 was the most glorious Europeans could remember. But, behind the scenes, the most destructive war the world had yet known was moving inexorably into being, a war that would continue to resonate into the twenty-first century. The question of how the Great War of 1914 began has long vexed historians. In a gripping narrative, Fromkin shows that hostilities were started deliberately and that two wars were waged, one serving as pretext for the other. Shedding light on such current issues as preventive war and terrorism, Fromkin provides detailed descriptions of the negotiations and incisive portraits of the diplomats, generals, and rulers as he reveals why diplomacy was destined to fail.

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David Fromkin is professor of international relations, history, and law at Boston University. He is the author of A Peace to End All Peace, a national bestseller that was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize and that was singled out by the New York Times Book Reviewas one of the thirteen best books of the year in 1989. He lives in New York City.

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To many observers, WWI erupted without real cause. During the years immediately before, Europe seemed to be drowsing on the fineries of the early twentieth century. Fromkin gathers many historical threads and shows that the war was planned and incited, primarily by imperial Germany, and that diplomacy was destined to fail. Individuals led nations, feet often dragging, into confrontation. It isn't easy to inject life into dry historical narrative such as this, but Alan Sklar pulls it off. He reads compellingly, in a middle American bass-baritone with highs and lows of expression, nicely enhancing the text. D.R.W. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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