The Zimmermann Telegram: America Enters the War, 1917-1918; Barbara Tuchman's Great War

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In January of 1917, the war in Europe was, at best, a tragic standoff. Britain knew that Europe could be saved only if the United States joined the war. But President Wilson was unshakable in his neutrality and in his efforts to mediate peace. Then, with a single stroke, the tool to propel the United States into World War I came into a quiet British office. One of countless messages intercepted and read by the crack team of British decoders in room 40, the Zimmermann telegram was a topsecret message to the President of ...

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