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Posted April 4, 2014
It offers a different perspective, however...
The autho has a favorable view about the Archduke and his wife, claiming that the Archduke had a very humane and soft side. If I apply his logic to other infamous characters in history, of course, Hitler also had a humane side because he loved his mistress very dearly. Kim Jung-Il also loved his numerous mistresses and wives which made him a humane person. Did one of Archduke's ancestor, Marie Antoinette have a humane and soft side also? Yes, she did. Does the fact excuse her stupidity? No. How about the archduke's stupidity? No. However, the author did lots of research and offers us a different perspective which makes us pause and reexamine the historical facts around the Archduke. That's why I give 4 stars.
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Posted September 30, 2013
Posted June 22, 2014
A most interesting read.
This book puts faces and a human dimension on the events which sparked World War I. Having only a cursory knowledge of the Great War, I found this book educational and enlightening. The authors did a great job of researching the key people and their motivations and followed the "main cast" up to the present time. The narrative flows well and is easy to read and follow and is logically arranged. I recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about the causes of the "war to end all wars", which of course did not, but did in fact change the world forever.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.