A World Undone by G. J. Meyer audiobook

A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918

By G. J. Meyer
Read by Robin Sachs

Blackstone Publishing 9780553382402
27.97 Hours Unabridged
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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. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than ninety years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will. A World Undone does not claim to have all the answers—if answers are even possible. However, it will provide listeners with enough information to understand why the questions persist and, perhaps in some cases, to arrive at conclusions of their own. A World Undone is a grand, tragic story brilliantly told.

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A New York Times bestseller

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.

World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than ninety years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will. A World Undone does not claim to have all the answers—if answers are even possible. However, it will provide listeners with enough information to understand why the questions persist and, perhaps in some cases, to arrive at conclusions of their own.

A World Undone is a grand, tragic story brilliantly told.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A World Undone is an original and very readable account of one of the most significant and often misunderstood events of the last century. With a historian’s eye for clearheaded analysis and a storyteller’s talent for detail and narrative, G. J. Meyer presents a compelling account of the blunders that produced the world’s first ‘great war’ and set the stage for many of the tragic events that followed.” Steven M. Gillon, New York Times bestselling author
“Thundering, magnificent…This is a book of true greatness that prompts moments of sheer joy and pleasure. Researched to the last possible dot…It will earn generations of admirers.” Washington Times
“Meyer’s sketches of the British Cabinet, the Russian Empire, the aging Austro-Hungarian Empire, the leaders of Prussia with their newly minted swagger, are lifelike and plausible. His account of the tragic folly of Gallipoli is masterful.” Los Angeles Times
“This is one of those books where you read every page…Meyer organizes his book chronologically and accompanies each chapter with a short background essay…[A World Undone] has the very best qualities for this kind of comprehensive approach: a gift for compression and an eye for the telling detail.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“A comprehensive history aimed at the general reader…You finish this book feeling you’ve learned everything anyone reasonably needs to know about the Great War.” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“Meyer breathes life into the human story within the Great War. He provides in-depth profiles of many of the political and military leaders of that era and explains why they were so important…This is a literary vision of WWI that few of us have ever encountered. Simply put, this is historical reporting at its best.” Smoky Mountain Sentinel
“[Meyer] blends ‘foreground, background, and sidelights’ to highlight the complex interactions of apparently unconnected events behind the four-year catastrophic war that destroyed a world and defined a century…Accomplished with brio.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“It may seem impossible to write an ‘intimate’ account of such a global catastrophe, but Meyer has succeeded in doing just that: a masterful narrative history that eloquently conveys the sense of a civilization engaged in massive self-destruction, while its leaders, blinded by hubris, nationalism, or outright ignorance, led the charge…He captures the horror and futility of trench warfare, the slaughter at Gallipoli, and the genocide of Armenians as experienced by those who were there. Meyer also offers interesting and controversial insights into the motivations of many of the key participants. This is an outstanding survey of a cataclysm that still casts a shadow over world affairs.” Booklist

Reviews

Reviews

by MarkG 9/13/2017
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With "Post War", the best history book that I have listened to

I can't praise this book highly enough.
The balance between background and reporting the progress of the conflict was perfect for me (relatively ignorant of european history). Includes well chosen and often touching excerpts from combatants and witnesses; and enough opinion to keep the narrative fresh and interesting.
by Nannette 9/13/2017
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Another excellent pairing of Meyer and Sachs

My first experience with Robin sachs narrating a G. J. Meyer book was "The Tudors." I was so pleased with it, I decided to try another of their collaberations and I am glad I did. "A World Undone" is a terrific book that covers World War I very differently from other works. Just as in "The Tudors", Meyers alternates chapters of narration and background. For example, the first background chapter is on the Serbs. It is a look at the history of the Serbs as a people as well as their recent history that lead to the events of 1914. The story as a whole makes more sense when the reader understands all the pieces. As always, Robin Sachs does an excellent job of narrating the book. It truly saddens me to know that his wonderful voice is now silent.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 27.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English