Once called "the war to end all wars," World War I resulted in the death of nearly ten million soldiers and civilians, billions of dollars spent on guns, tanks, and submarines, and the collapse of two great empires, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Ottoman Empire. This collection of speeches chronicles the words of the major military and political leaders who shaped the events of the war, from the initial declarations in 1914 to the debates over the peace process at the war's end in 1918.
"This dynamic anthology does an excellent job of combining social histroy with biography and passionate politics. The leaders speak with immediacy and conviction. Landmark moments are captured here. Besides a general historical overview, headnotes provide historical context and a brief analysis. The contents page is annotated, and a useful appendix provides a one-page biography of each speaker. The voices, heard from a public platform and directed to a wide audience, have a wonderful informality that is much more accessible than written analysis. Students will find this a gripping collection for their personal interest and for research."
-- Booklist (October 2001)
Price: US $40.80