The Zimmermann Telegram: Barbara Tuchman's Great War

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The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmermann Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchman’s classic histories of the First World War era
 
In January 1917, the war in Europe was, at best, a tragic standoff. Britain knew that all was lost unless the United States joined the war, but President Wilson was unshakable in his neutrality. At just this moment, a crack team of British decoders in a quiet office known ...

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Overview

The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmermann Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchman’s classic histories of the First World War era
 
In January 1917, the war in Europe was, at best, a tragic standoff. Britain knew that all was lost unless the United States joined the war, but President Wilson was unshakable in his neutrality. At just this moment, a crack team of British decoders in a quiet office known as Room 40 intercepted a document that would change history. The Zimmermann telegram was a top-secret message to the president of Mexico, inviting him to join Germany and Japan in an invasion of the United States. How Britain managed to inform the American government without revealing that the German codes had been broken makes for an incredible story of espionage and intrigue as only Barbara W. Tuchman could tell it.
 
Praise for The Zimmermann Telegram
 
“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

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345324252
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1985
  • Edition description: REP
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 121,081
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara W. Tuchman (1912–1989) achieved prominence as a historian with The Zimmermann Telegram and international fame with The Guns of August—a huge bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Her other works include Bible and Sword, The Proud Tower, Stilwell and the American Experience in China (for which Tuchman was awarded a second Pulitzer Prize), Notes from China, A Distant Mirror, Practicing History, The March of Folly, and The First Salute.

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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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  • Anonymous

    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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