A world undone : the story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
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New York : Delata Trade Paperbacks, 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
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xxxvi, 777 pages : illustrations, portraits, maps ; 21 cm.
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English
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9780553382402, 0553382403

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Originally published : Delacorte Press, ©2006.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 753-763) and index.
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The First World War is one of history's greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G.J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe's mightiest empires to rubble, killed twenty million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today.
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Meyer, G. J. (2007). A world undone: the story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918. New York: Delata Trade Paperbacks.

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Meyer, G. J., 1940-. 2007. A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918. New York: Delata Trade Paperbacks.

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Meyer, G. J., 1940-, A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918. New York: Delata Trade Paperbacks, 2007.

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Meyer, G. J. A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918. New York: Delata Trade Paperbacks, 2007. Print.

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