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Thunder at Twilight is a landmark historical vision, drawing on hitherto untapped sources to illuminate two crucial years in the life of the extraordinary city of Vienna-and in the life of the twentieth century.
It was during the carnival of 1913 that a young Stalin arrived in Vienna on a mission that would launch him into the upper echelon of Russian revolutionaries, and it was here that he first collided with Trotsky. It was in Vienna that the failed artist Adolf Hitler kept daubing watercolors and spouting tirades at fellow drifters in a flophouse. Here Archduke Franz Ferdinand had a troubled audience with Emperor Franz Joseph-and soon the bullet that killed the Archduke would set off the Great War that would kill ten million more.
With luminous prose that has twice made him a finalist for the National Book Award, Frederic Morton evokes the opulent, elegant, incomparable sunset metropolis-Vienna on the brink of cataclysm.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|Edition description:||Second Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Frederic Morton was born in Vienna and lives in New York. His short stories have been chosen for Best American Short Stories, and two of his critically acclaimed nonfiction works, The Rothschilds and A Nervous Splendor, have been bestsellers.
Table of Contents
Thunder at Twilight 1
Afterword to the 2014 Edition 339
Source References 349
Selected Bibliography 369