The story of how intelligent, well-meaning leaders guided their nations into catastrophe. Immersed in intrigue, enlivened by fascinating stories, and made compelling by the author's own insights, this is one of the finest books I have read on the causes of World War I (Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State)
Once again, Margaret MacMillan proves herself not just a masterly historian but a brilliant storyteller (Strobe Talbott, President, Brookings Institution)
A masterful explanation of the complex forces that brought the Edwardian world crashing down. Utterly riveting, deeply moving, and impeccably researched, MacMillan's latest opus will become the definitive account of old Europe's final years (Amanda Foreman)
The definitive history of the political, cultural, military and personal forces which shaped Europe's path to the Great War - now in paperback.