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“A true, lucid thriller . . . a tremendous tale of hushed and unhushed uproars in the linked fields of war and diplomacy . . . Tuchman makes the most of it with a creative writer’s sense of drama and a scholar’s obeisance to the evidence.”—The New York Times
“The tale has most of the ingredients of an Eric Ambler spy thriller.”—Saturday Review
The average person thinks that it was the sinking of the Lusitania that brought the United States into World War I. Not so! In this slim volume that reads like a whodunnit, Barbara Tuchman reveals the little known secret of The Zimmerman Telegram. Basically, Germany wanted to keep the U.S. and its industrial might out of the European conflict by convincing Mexico and Japan to attack the U.S. Germany even promised Mexico it would get back Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona! What the Germans didn't know is that as soon as war was declared, the first thing the British did was cut Germany's transatlantic cable. All telegrams or telephone calls to North America had to travel over Britain's cable. And the British intercepted every telegram out of Germany. Even though the Zimmerman telegram was sent in code, it was broken. But the shrewd British held onto it, not revealing its contents until it was absolutely necessary, and in such a way that they didn't have to reveal that they were intercepting German messages! Brilliant! When the New York Times published the telegram in 1917, it was but a short time until pacifist Woodrow Wilson got a declaration of war from Congress, and the U.S. began sending troops "over there." A great read!
Doug Grad, Editor
Most important document in the 20th century. A must read for history buffs. Tuchman is very detail oriented, so if you are a bottom line person and don't enjoy elegant writing;... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Stan Neely
Reading Dead Wake dovetailed with my current immersion in World War I and led me to dust off my 1979 (! Read morePublished 13 days ago by Jack W. London
First of all, I've got to say Barbara Tuchman was one of my favorite historical writers - this book is a must-read for anyone interested in WWI - much of history has passed over... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Francis X.
America's commitment to World War I is one of the turning points in our history. Historian Barbara Tuchman calls this moment "the beginning of unwilled wedlock to the rest of... Read morePublished 27 days ago by James Norwood
Another well researched book by historian Barbara W. Tuchman!
The focal point of the book surrounds the United States intelligence, diplomacy and entry into the war.
A very interesting book with great detail on the Wilson Administration doing everything in its power to stay out of war. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan Wilson
Tuchman is a good writer. This is the story of an incident that forced President Wilson to allow the United States to declare war on Germany in 1917. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eleanor S. Hansen