The Zimmermann Telegram

The Zimmermann Telegram

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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. At just this moment, a crack team of British decoders in a quiet office known as Room 40 intercepted a document that would change history. The Zimmermann telegram was a top-secret message to the president of Mexico, inviting him to join Germany and Japan in an invasion of the United States. How Britain managed to inform the American government without revealing that the German codes had been broken makes for an incredible story of espionage and intrigue as only Barbara W. Tuchman could tell it.
Praise for The Zimmermann Telegram
"A true, lucid thriller . . . a tremendous tale of hushed and unhushed uproars in the linked fields of war and diplomacy . . . Tuchman makes the most of it with a creative writer's sense of drama and a scholar's obeisance to the evidence." -- The New York Times
"The tale has most of the ingredients of an Eric Ambler spy thriller." -- Saturday Review
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1994, c1958
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books trade ed
ISBN: 9780345324252
Branch Call Number: D511 .T77 1994
940.311 TUCHMAN
Characteristics: xii, 244 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm


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May 31, 2016

A fascinating coverage of Mexican-Japanese-American relations during the early 1900's. The plot can be a little twisty at times, and a little hard to follow because of all the characters, but once you get past the fact that it is the Zimmermann Telegram, and everything leading up to it, it's surprisingly engrossing. Some parts I found laugh-out-loud funny, just because of the fumbling, almost prideful way politics were conducted, like at one point, a deposed Mexican president comes to New York, and stays in a hotel, and four different and unrelated intelligence agencies are watching him, without knowing the other entities are watching him.

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