[Reading] ➿ The Zimmermann Telegram By Barbara W. Tuchman – Marjoriejane.co.uk



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    There is something very strange about the First World War I mean, surely there must be something I previously knew about it that must be true.The 64,000 question is what event brought the United States into the First World War..Before reading this book I would have said that it was the sinking of the Lusitania that brought the US into the war but in fact, that happened two years prior to the US entry Woodrow Wilson, following this sinking, said he was too proud to fight over something like that I had absolutely no idea that the thing that finally tipped the scales and got the US into the war was a intercepted telegram that the British were able to decode and that had been sent by the Germans using US telegram lines with US approval although, obviously not for the purpose the Germans were putting them to.And that purpose reads like the sort of story you would only read today in one of Lyndon LaRouche s newspapers This is the sort of conspiracy that really had to be true, as it was just too stupid for anyone to have made up with any expectation that anyone else would believe The Plot Germany needs to stop the US from supplying weapons and food to Britain so as to effectively take her out of the war To do this Germany has decided to torpedo US ships and put a blockade on Britain that will bring her to her...


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    I recently criticized a book on this site for trying to tell a history by jumping around, and said that it takes a very good writer to make that work Barbara Tuchman has that skill She tells a very complicated story with a very diverse cast, and keeps everything straight and lucid.Now, that might be enough for four stars, but Tuchman does all this by making the whole thing sensible as well You understand why people took the actions they did You understand why people make the assumptions they made And best worst of all, you understand why the world made the huge mistake that was World War I.Tuchman isn t just an efficient writer, she s deeply entertaining She has an unusual writing style old fashioned, aristocratic, but never stilted or inaccessible It s like listening to an opinionated Aunt tell you about the family And I do mean opinionated Tuchman isn t an unbiased reporter, she instead seems to embrace the concept of history will judge them and goes right ahead and judges the men that she s writing about You can practically hear her shaking her head over Woodrow Wilson and his unending attempts ...


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    I listened to this book because I have kind of an interest in cryptography and its historical impact The Zimmerman Telegram is ostensibly about the famous telegram that was the final straw that brought America into the first World War, and how the British decoded it and then made use of it But that turns out to be only a relatively minor part of the story Really, most of the book is about the geopolitics of the early 20th century and the personalities of leading American, British, and German officials, diplomats, and military leaders, and how these shaped history as we know it.The plot in a nutshell and Barbara Tuchman does make this book interesting enough that it reads like a novel plot moving from one twist to another, rather than the inevitable course of history in 1917, Britain and the other Allied powers are getting the stuffing beaten out of them by Germany The European front is hemorrhaging lives What Britain wants and needs, and what Germany fears, is America entering the war The only thing keeping Britain alive is her navy, and the German navy thinks they can starve Britain and the rest of the Al...


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    This book shocked me, for a few different reasons 1 I had NO idea that a decoded telegram was the thing that finally drove the U.S to join the allies in WWI.2 I had no idea that Germany had proposed to ally with Mexico and Japan in order to return Mexico s lost territories ie, California, Texas little places like those.3 The...


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    I thought that lots of information stuff I didn t know, would translate into an interesting read While I learned a lot, the flow was never compelling to me like other good books that bring you there I was never engaged Typically, a narrator can bring the stor...


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    I am fascinated by the fact that history often happens because of seemingly small, uneventful, accidental or coincidental events Tuchman, one of my favorite historian authors, tells the story of the happenstance that got the United States into World War I despite President Wilson s firm stance of neutrality The British, having cracked the German code, had intercepted a telegram filled with the promise of an alliance between Mexico and Japan against America How could the Brits let the Americans know of the plans without letting on that they had the German code Wikileaks would have had a field day with all this intrigue It reads like a historical thriller.Two favorite lines Neither knew they were about to midwife a historic event. 3 Villa, spoiling for a fight, with Germany whispering encouragement in his ear, danced up and down the border like an enraged rooster trying to provoke the rush of a large dog. 93 Tuchman s conclusions This is not to say that Wilson wanted neutrality the day before the telegram, and belligerency the day afterIt awoke that part of the country that had been undecided or indifferent before It transformedthe apathy of the Western states into intense hostil...


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    In itself, the Zimmerman telegram was only a pebble on the long road of history But a pebble can kill a Goliath, and this one killed the American illusion that we could go about our business happily separate from other nations In world affairs, it was a German minister s minor plot In the lives of the American people, it was the end of innocence Barbara Tuchman, The Zimmerman TelegramThis short book describes an incredible scheme that I knew nothing about In 1917, after two and half years of brutal war, Germany looked to have the upper hand in Europe But to finally crush Britain and win the war, the Germans needed to cut off England s supply lines This meant attacking the American ships supplying the British with much needed weapons and supplies, which probably meant roping the U.S into the war on the Allied side Anticipating U.S involvement, the Germans concocted a wild scheme where they would bring Mexico into the war as an ally, encourage Mexico possibly with the help of the Japanese to invade Texas, Arizona and California, and thereby keep the U.S too busy to meddle with their war in Europe Unfortunately for the Germans, a telegram by Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmerman detailing this nefarious plot was...


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    This is the history of the political and diplomatic events that caused the United States to enter World War I Most of us have a vague recollection from our school text books that the sinking of the Lusitania had something to do with the war But the Lusitania was torpedoed on May 7, 1915 two years prior to America entering the war in 1917 Further, the Lusitania was a British ship, not American Remember the Lusitania came into existence as a rallying cry after the USA had declared war.The direction of history is always unpredictable at the time of the events than they are for the reader of history who has knowledge of subsequent events All readers of history today know how the story ends so it s easy to presume that there was strong support for entry into the war Therefore it is difficult to comprehend the strength of the antiwar sentiments within the United States prior to 1917 It is true that there were a number of east coast politicians who favored entering the war But President Wilson had won reelection in 1916 under the motto He Kept Us Out Of War He won largely because of strong antiwar fe...


  9. says:

    A masterpiece, one of the most entertaining, unbelievable, and beautifully written historic narratives I have ever read.


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The Zimmermann Telegram download The Zimmermann Telegram, read online The Zimmermann Telegram, kindle ebook The Zimmermann Telegram, The Zimmermann Telegram 266798503b35 Nothing Can Stop An Enemy From Picking Wireless Messages Out Of The Free Air And Nothing Did In England, Room 40 Was Born.In January 1917, With The First World War Locked In Terrible Stalemate And America Still Neutral, German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmerman Gambled The Future Of The Conflict On A Single Telegram But This Message Was Intercepted And Decoded In Whitehall S Legendary Room 40 And Zimmerman S Audacious Scheme For World Domination Was Exposed, Bringing America Into The War And Changing The Course Of History The Story Of How This Happened And The Incalculable Consequences Are Thrillingly Told In Barbara Tuchman S Brilliant Exploration.