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The World Remade: America in World War I (Paperback)

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A bracing, indispensable account of America's epoch-defining involvement in the Great War, rich with fresh insights into the key issues, events, tumultuous politics, and towering historical figures that defined the era and led to the emergence of the United States as the dominant global power. After years of bitter debate and provocations on all sides, the U.S. declaration of war on Imperial Germany on April 6, 1917, plunged the country into the savage European conflict that would destroy--and remake--the world. Meyer interweaves the many strands of his story into a gripping narrative that casts new light on one of the darkest, most forgotten corners of U.S. history. In the grand tradition of his earlier work A World Undone--which centered on the European perspective--The World Remade adds a new, uniquely American dimension to our understanding of the seminal conflict of the twentieth century. Key topics and insights include a new look at the class-driven politics underlying debate on the war; a fresh portrait of an ego-driven, increasingly isolated Woodrow Wilson and his small circle of advisors, prime for manipulation by the British and French; incisive analysis of the dynamics that led to war, America's massive mobilization and the performance of its troops on the battlefield; and new scrutiny of Versailles and the aftermath that led to an even bloodier conflagration twenty years later. Domestically, Meyer recounts the break-up of traditional class structures, the rise of the progressive and labor movements, the wave of anti-German hysteria, and the explosive expansion of both the economy and federal power, including shocking suspensions of constitutional protections that planted the seeds of today's national security state.

Publisher: Presidio Press
ISBN: 9780553393347
Number of pages: 672
Dimensions: 210 x 132 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A massive and ambitious effort that strives to cover and explain a very broad range of aspects, including our entry and participation in the [World War I], the failure of the 'peace, ' and the changes the war brought to our political and social fabric. [G. J.] Meyer offers wonderful insights into many of the key players in this arresting saga. . . . This is a provocative and sometimes harshly judgmental history, but one that should be read to understand our emergence as a global power."--Booklist (starred review)

"[Meyer] debunks many myths about America's valiant intentions in joining the war, especially regarding President Woodrow Wilson's sense of destiny on the world stage, and he closely examines why Wilson acquiesced to joining the fight. . . . Meyer gives a good sense of America's future at that negotiating table and Wilson's celebrated role at Versailles as the leader of the free world. . . . A refreshing look at this still-much-debated world debacle."--Kirkus Reviews

"Here, with great skill and fidelity to fact, Meyer . . . relate[s] the complex tale of a nation venturing back into world affairs after a century of comparative isolation. . . . Meyer tells the story with brio. Characters come alive and the past seems near. . . . Meyer succeeds brilliantly with his basic narrative approach, and any reader who wants to learn about American participation in the war will benefit from this book."--Publishers Weekly

"G. J. Meyer has written a keen observation about a historic and troubling period. This opus spans the war years, reflecting the [United States'] emergence as a global power while the other countries fought a war of attrition. Wilson is painted first as a complicated man who could be a sharp politician, then as a sick, indecisive man looking for validation. This book is well written, sharp, and has bearing on our present and future involvement in wars. A+"--Seattle Book Review

"Superbly well-written and deftly organized . . . [a valuable addition] to the literature of America and the First World War . . . that will challenge readers to think or rethink their ideas about the subject and its significance for understanding our present predicaments."--The Common Reader

"This lengthy revisionist history will fit well with American history and governmental studies departments in both public and academic libraries."--Library Journal

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