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King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War

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During the last days of July 1914 telegrams flew between the King, the Kaiser and the Tsar. George V, Wilhelm II and Nicholas II, known in the family ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Marian  B

Christmas gift

by Marian B on Jan 27, 2012

It was wonderfully received by the recipient who enjoys to read about World War I.

Ellyb

Illuminating

by Ellyb on Apr 12, 2008

I'm afraid I'm turning into a history buff, and books like this are only speeding the process along. Clay puts her focus on the letters, documents, and diary entries of King George V, Wilhelm II, and Nicholas II, as well as those of their families, advisors, and friends. Her book shows us the lead up to World War I through the lens of their family dramas and squabbles, some of which sent ripples far down the road and pushed Europe closer and closer to the tipping point of war. Clay almost seems to have achieved a sense of political real-time, because she explains so much of the emotional and personal elements of the cousins' political interactions, illustrating how points of view and grudges shifted, coalesced, and hardened, inevitably leading to the next family storm, in a sort of domino effect. This gives the account a much clearer perspective that I ever managed to find in other, more traditional history texts. I can finally say that I have a basic understanding of European conditions prior to World War I.

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