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Tood events of the last century Steve Gillon resident historian The History Channel NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Drawing on exhaustive research this intimate account details how World War I reduced Europe's mightiest empires to rubble killed twenty million people and cracked the foundations of our modern world Thundering magnificent A World Undone is a book of true greatness that prompts moments of sheer joy and pleasure It will earn generations of admirersThe Washington Times On a summer day in 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 had dominated the globePraise for A World Undone 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 Gil. A World Undone by G J Meyer is a concise and satisfying history of World War I The author shows how the Archduke's assassination provoked the majority of European nations to embark on a disastrous war The author examines motives and futile decisions of leaders and generals It tracks the major battles the horrendous conditions of grunts in the trenchesThe author presents a comprehensive introduction for the least glorious war in human history Readers will conclude that few if any of the so called generals had a clue what they were doingRecommended for history buffs 475 Stars