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eBook The Zimmerman Telegram ePub

by Barbara W. Tuchman

  • ISBN: 0345281527
  • Category: Military
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (August 12, 1979)
  • ePub book: 1789 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1543 kb
  • Other: doc lit mbr lrf
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 560

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The zimmermann telegram. America Enters the War, 1917–1918.

The zimmermann telegram. A hitherto classified Signal Corps bulletin, The Zimmermann Telegram of January 16, 1917 and Its Cryptographic Background by William F. Friedman and Charles J. Mendelsohn (War Department, Office of the Chief Signal Officer, Washington, GPO, 1938) was declassified in 1965.

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Barbara W. Tuchman (1912–1989) achieved prominence as a historian with The Zimmermann Telegram and international . Tuchman (1912–1989) achieved prominence as a historian with The Zimmermann Telegram and international fame with The Guns of August-a huge bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

The Zimmermann Telegram. by Barbara W. Tuchman. Anything you lose comes round in another form. The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam. From Barbara W. Tuchman, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Guns of August, comes history thru a wide-angle lens: a fascinating chronicle of Britain’s long relationship with Palestine & the Middle East, from the ancient world to the 20th century.

In January of 1917, the war in Europe was, at best, a tragic standoff.

The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmermann Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchman's classic histories of the First World War era In January 1917, the war in Europe was, at best, a tragic standoff. Britain knew that all was lost unless the United States joined the war, but President Wilson was unshakable in his neutrality. BARBARA W. TUCHMAN was a two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of numerous acclaimed works of history. Her titles include Bible and Sword, The Zimmermann Telegram, The Proud Tower, Notes from China, A Distant Mirror, Practicing History, The March of Folly, and The First Salute. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1963 for The Guns of August and again in 1972 for Stilwell and the American Experience in China.

Barbara Tuchman's The Zimmerman Telegram is one of the greatest spy stories of all time

Barbara Tuchman's The Zimmerman Telegram is one of the greatest spy stories of all time. She is also the author of The Proud Tower, Stilwell and the American Experience in China (also awarded the Pulitzer Prize), A Distant Mirror and The March of Folly. 9 5 Author: Barbara W. Tuchman Narrator: Wanda McCaddon. How Britain managed to inform America of Germany's plan without revealing that the German codes had been broken makes for an incredible true story of espionage, intrigue, and international politics as only Barbara W. Tuchman could tell it.

In the dark winter of 1917, as World War I was deadlocked, Britain knew that Europe could be saved only if the United States joined the war. But President Wilson remained unshakable in his neutrality. Then, with a single stroke, the tool to propel America into the war came into a quiet British office. One of countless messages intercepted by the crack team of British decoders, the Zimmermann telegram was a top-secret message from Berlin inviting Mexico to join Japan in an invasion of the United States: Mexico would recover her lost American territories while keeping the U.S. occupied on her side of the Atlantic. How Britain managed to inform America of Germany's plan without revealing that the German codes had been broken makes for an incredible, true story of espionage, intrigue, and international politics as only Barbara W. Tuchman could tell it.

Comments

Opithris Opithris
Descriptions of World War I have traditionally focused on the stalemated trench warfare in which millions of men were killed and on the unrestricted submarine attacks made without warning on all neutral merchant shipping in 1917. This emphasis has impeded appreciation for the contribution of the smaller but effective role played by British cryptography in this conflict which revealed to the world the truth about the German plans and actions that had been well hidden.
Barbara Tuchman in her book "The Zimmermann Telegram" has written a detailed, informative, and well documented account of events starting with the development and growth of British cryptography at the war's beginning, up to the dramatic call for a declaration of war against Germany by President Woodrow Wilson, a man who had tenaciously refused to enter the European conflict prior to April 1917. The path from beginning to end is a zigzag, and Tuchman carefully explains the background, events, and ultimate influence that each "zig" and "zag" contributed to the dramatic conclusion. This book is well worth reading.
Punind Punind
Of all the books touching on the Zimmermann telegram of Jan 1917, Tuchman's 1958 treatment best and completely explains the "explosive" nature of this enciphered communication to Mexico inviting it (along with Japan) to join Germany in waging war on the United States. Later authors usually consider just the cryptology of the intercepted telegram (over a U.S. Government communications link!) without linking its nefarious suggestion to American fears of Mexican lawlessness and Japan's"Yellow Peril.". Tuchman's treatment is lucid and complete; brilliantly written and offers satisfying explanations to understanding American outrage over Germany's WW1 duplicity and naked aggression against the U.S.
Alister Alister
This is the second book by Barbara Tuchman that I've read and once again, her writing skills are manifest. She has taken a seemingly minor document (maybe not all that minor), showing the conception behind it, its transmission to German agents in Mexico, its decoding by British Naval Intelligence agents, and its release to American government officials, and hence we have this captivating and dramatic story. In Tuchman's view, this document was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back, which in this case was America and its leaders (most especially Wilson's) reluctance to enter into the First World War.

A cast of scores come to the surface in this book, many of whom I knew little about, from British intelligence figures, German and Mexican agents trying to formulate a plan for alliance, along with Japan, and others from various diplomatic and political spheres of influence from the Allied and Central Powers. As in the Guns of August, I sense her abilities in capturing the drama of the moment and the human elements of the stories. This is a relatively small book, but is choke full of information.

For me, the power of her words and description really started pouring forth from the chapter entitled Trap. Her portrayals of various German diplomatic figures like Chancellor Bethmann-Hollweg, Ambassador Bernstorff, President Wilson, Walter Hines Page, Balfour and others symbolize her talents in portraying the human elements of the story. The depiction of American naivete on foreign affairs and the dangers posed by the Central Powers came across in this book. For example, how the Americans warmly greeted incoming German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmermann and how Wilson refused to believe that Germany's declaration of unrestricted U-Boat warfare would deter the Americans efforts to remain neutral; Wilson still wanted to bring the belligerent powers to a settlement, or as Wilson called it, a peace without victory.

Once again, a marvelous work by a wonderful historian.
Felolune Felolune
Barbara Tuchman said that she uses original sources when writing history. You will learn a lot about Germany's outreach to Mexico. In my opinion Barbara Tuchman was America's greatest historian because of the shear massive amount of facts and documentation that she reveals in this book and in all of her books.
Fearlesshunter Fearlesshunter
Barbara Tuchman takes us through the bewildering world of spies and subterfuge, and the arrogance and hubris of world leaders with a sure hand. The lead up to the first world war and how the many nations of the world were drawn in is something one might think could only happen in a movie. This book, along with Tuchman's 'Proud Tower' and 'The Guns of August' will give an amazing insight to a lost world.
SmEsH SmEsH
This is my first Barbara Tuchman book - and it won't be my last. I've read plenty of Gore Vidal and T.H. White.

I recall my impression of Woodrow Wilson (dusting aside cobwebs from history class) as a brilliant president, doing everything he could to postpone war. This book casts a whole new light on the early years of World War I, with fighting and geopolitics. The U.S. was remarkably detached from the reality of what was going on, and it was WWI that created the U.S. as a global power.

Ms. Tuchman does a brilliant job of making history come alive, loading the book with historical details and keeping it remarkably readable. She also adds many other details, providing insights of culture of the day, and WHY some occurrences (which seem unbelievable today) probably happened.
Lestony Lestony
A page-turner!! A book you must be prepared to read through the night. I compares well with
superb fiction like "Tinker, tailor --" of Le Carre!

It unfolds like a detective story; describes a period in the 19-teens that few of us know, when Mexico
and the US scrambled to seat/unseat as Mexico's President -- Diaz, Huerta, Villa, Carranza, Zapata
and others! Then Foreign Secretary (of Kaiser Wilhelm II) steps in with an (even for diplomats!)
underhanded deal with our southern neighbor.

It wasn't the LUSITANIA's sinking that persuaded Wilson to opt for war -- it was this "Telegram"!