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The term "The Long Peace" usually refers to the phase of history after World War II, but as historian Margaret MacMillan (Paris 1919), it might refer even more accurately to the century between the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the onset of World War I. How this peaceful, prosperous era finally came to its bloodbath conclusion is the subject of her new book. With laser-like clarity, she describes how European leaders, politicians, diplomats, generals, bankers, and admirals consciously or unconsciously aided the descent into a conflagration that killed more than fifteen million men and women. A history as gripping and suspenseful as any battlefield narrative.