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Posted October 17, 2009
Tuckman sends a message
I am a student of history, my BA from the University of Montana. On May 7, 1915, the Luistana was sunk, without announcement of attack, by a German submarine. There followed the sinking of the Sussex and Arabic. Then the annoucement, January 31, 1917, that German submarines would begin unrestricted warefare to break the delock in the trenchs of France, tipped the scales for President Wilson to declare war on Germany and enter the United States of America into World War I. This is what is taught in history books. But was it the deciding factor? Tuckman offers evidence that it wasn't. The Zimmermann Telegram was the final nudge to move Wilson into action. Tuckman's writing is wonderfully researched, well written, and very suspenseful. As one reviewer of another of her works wrote, "We all know how World War I ended-- but while reading Tuchman-- you're just not sure!" Enjoy!
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Posted April 21, 2000
Another Tuchman winner
Excellent character portrayal as usual from Tuchman. Not as polished as her 'The Guns of August' and much shorter but exciting and informative. Highly recommended.
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