""...fascinating...a challenging and courageous study which highlights the connection between the critical post-war period and the George W. Bush administration's..."" (opendemocracy.net, Sunday 11th November 2007)
"The failed peace settlement following the Great War of 1914-1918 had been the subject of many fine books. In many respects, David Andelman’s Shattered Peace is the best of these. It is compact and compellingly written. Moreover, it explains more clearly than any other work how the failure of peacemaking in 1919 shaped later history and, indeed, shapes our own era."
—Prof. Ernest R. May, Charles Warren Professor of American History, Harvard University
"We tend to think of the negotiations at Versailles in 1919 as a bungled business that left the First World War a tangle of loose ends, to be tied up by the victors of World War II. It is the power and fascination of David Andelman’s new book A Shattered Peace that he shows us – with the clarity of a first-rate reporter and the drama and detail at the command of a first-rate novelist – that we are all still enmeshed in those loose ends, the inheritors of a mess left by the hasty, casual dispensation of fragments of nations inhabited by millions of people whose hopes were maimed and whose lives were often forfeit. By focusing not on the giant participants – France, Britain, Italy and the United States – but rather on what seemed to them joke nations and penny-ante fake diplomats, Andelman brings us to Korea, to Vietnam, to the Persian gulf, and to Iraq in our own vexed era. His story is a bitter and bleak one; it is also alive with color, conflict, and interesting (to say the least) people. We could not find a better guide to a time that somehow seems to grow larger and closer even as it reaches beyond living memory."
—Richard Snow, editor in chief, American Heritage
"The peace settlements that followed World War I have recently come back into focus as one of the dominant factors shaping the modern world. The Balkans, the Middle East, Iraq, Turkey and parts of Africa all owe their present-day problems, in part, to these negotiations. David Andelman brings it all back to life - the lofty ideals, the ugly compromises, the larger-than-life personalities who came to Paris in 1919. And he links that far-away diplomatic dance to present day problems that illuminates our troubled times. A tremendous addition to this vitally important subject.
"The peace conference in Paris at the end of World War I was the first and last moment of pure hope for peace in the history of world affairs. Our President, Woodrow Wilson, was the sorcerer for this hope, and he kindled great expectations in people everywhere. David Andelman, a classic reporter and story teller, tells this fascinating tale of hope falling finally and forever on the shoals of naïveté and hard-headed cynicism."
—Leslie H. Gelb, former columnist for the New York Times, is president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations
Andelman's work provides a fine overview of how the key players manipulated their way to getting the spoils of the war - colonies and borders designed mostly for their economic... Read morePublished 5 months ago by lomy
I bought this after a former professor suggested reading it, and I am thoroughly pleased I read it. Andelman demonstrates in A Shattered Peace, that the Treaty of Versailles was a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by intrigued
As 2014 approaches, we get closer to the centennial anniversary of the beginning of World War I. A host of books are coming out now in 2013 and next year that chronicle the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Farisa Khalid
Having just completed the book Sleepwalkers, an interesting but densely formal historical work (which made it a slog for me, a non-historian) about the conditions the led to the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Grover Bagby
It is generally agreed by most interested students of the Versailles Conference that it was a terrible failure and the lack of resolution of the unsolved problems of World War I... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Garry S. Sklar
I am using this book for a class that I am teaching about World War I and it absolutely perfect for what I want it for.Published 15 months ago by DavidM
Andelman is a journalist. Like many journalists, he has faith in the power of words and of diplomacy. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Long Distance Biker
This is the best book and explaination as to how todays events have been influenced by disastorous decision made after world war 1. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ian Bridge
Do not purchase this book if you are interested in Germany's fate at the Versailles conference. In fact, Germany is only mentioned once or twice in passing. Read morePublished on November 23, 2011 by Thurman Brasher