A World Undone

A World Undone

The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918

Book - 2007
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Drawing on exhaustive research, this remarkable, intimate account tells the story of how World War I reduced Europe's mightiest empires to rubble, killed twenty million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today.

On a summer day in 1914, a nineteen-year-old Serbian nationalist gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. While the world slumbered, monumental forces were shaken. In less than a month, a combination of ambition, deceit, fear, jealousy, missed opportunities, and miscalculation sent Austro-Hungarian troops marching into Serbia, German troops streaming toward Paris, and a vast Russian army into war, with England as its ally. As crowds cheered their armies on, no one could guess what lay ahead in the First World War: four long years of slaughter, physical and moral exhaustion, and the near collapse of a civilization that until 1914 had dominated the globe.

Praise for A World Undone

"Thundering, magnificent . . . [ A World Undone ] is a book of true greatness that prompts moments of sheer joy and pleasure. . . . It will earn generations of admirers." --The Washington Times

"Meyer's sketches of the British Cabinet, the Russian Empire, the aging Austro-Hungarian Empire . . . are lifelike and plausible. His account of the tragic folly of Gallipoli is masterful. . . . [ A World Undone ] has an instructive value that can scarcely be measured" -- Los Angeles Times

"An original and very readable account of one of the most significant and often misunderstood events of the last century." --Steve Gillon, resident historian, The History Channel
Publisher: New York : Bantam Dell, 2007, c2006
Edition: Delta trade paperback ed. --
ISBN: 9780553382402
Branch Call Number: 940.3 Mey 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xxxvi, 777 p. :,ill., maps


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Aug 17, 2016

Loved this book. If you are into history and want to read about World War One, this is it. My fiance, who is not into history, enjoyed it very much.

JCLGreggW Apr 28, 2014

On the eve of the Great War's 100th anniversary, this is a great book to reacquaint yourself with the basics - or to dive in for the first time. The main thing about Meyer's book is that it's highly readable - no fussing about with mentions of so-and-so division moving five clicks to fortify General so-and-so's position on whatever date. It gives you the big, broad facts, and presents them in an interesting and engaging manner. Meyer also does something that I love, and more historians should do this, too - right after introducing a new player to the book (The Ottoman Empire! Franz Ferdinand! Czar Nicolas!) Meyer stops the book and gives you a quick three-to-five page breakdown of why and how that person or thing matters to the overall equation. Often, I was so fascinated by these little digressions that I wanted to go off and explore them instead of continuing with the book!

Jan 21, 2011

A great intro book for those, like myself, that know little to nothing about World War I. The background chapters are very helpful and informative to provide a broader context to the story. The book is mostly limited to the European continent with some brief asides to Africa and the Middle East.

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