The Illusion Of Victory: America In World War I

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Basic Books, 05.08.2008. - 352 страница
The political history of the American experience in World War I is a story of conflict and bungled intentions that begins in an era dedicated to progressive social reform and ends in the Red Scare and Prohibition. Thomas Fleming tells this story through the complex figure of Woodrow Wilson, the contradictory president who wept after declaring war, devastated because he knew it would destroy the tolerance of the American people, but who then suppressed freedom of speech and used propaganda to excite America into a Hun-hating mob. This is tragic history: inexperienced American military leaders drove their troops into gruesome slaughters; progressive politics were put on hold in America; an idealistic president's dreams were crushed because of his own negligence. Wilson's inability to convince Congress to ratify U.S. membership in the League of Nations was one of the most poignant failures in the history of the American presidency, but even more heartrending were Wilson's concessions to his bitter allies in the Treaty of Versailles. In exchange for Allied support of the League of Nations, he allowed an unfair peace treaty to be signed, a treaty that played no small role in the rise of National Socialism and the outbreak of World War II. Thomas Fleming has once again created a masterpiece of narrative American history. This incomparable portrait shows how Wilson sacrificed his noble vision to megalomania and single-mindedness, while paying homage to him as a visionary whose honorable spirit continues to influence Western politics.

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Noted historian and novelist Fleming (e.g., The New Dealer's War) here presents a revisionist view of President Woodrow Wilson as a war leader, arguing that his promise not to send a large American ... Прочитајте целу рецензију

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War Week
1
Big Lies Greed and Other Hoary Animals
43
Enlisting Volunteers and Other Unlikely Events
85
Creeling and Other Activities That Make Philip Dru Unhappy
117
Seeds of the Apocalypse
159
The Women of NoMansLand
199
Politics Is Adjourned HaHaHa
237
Fights to the Finish
265
Peace That Surpasses Understanding
325
Peace That Surpasses Understanding II
369
Chilling the Heart of the World
407
Illusions End
33
A Covenant with Power
71
Notes
91
Index
123
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Thomas Fleming, a distinguished historian and author of more than fifty books, was a frequent guest on PBS, A&E, and the History Channel. He also contributed articles to American Heritage, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, and many other magazines.

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