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Nothing Less Than War: A New History of America's Entry into World War I
 
 
Author
Justus D. Doenecke.
Publisher Kentucky/BOMC  
Format hardcover, BOMC
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780813130026
Pages/Publication Date 394/2011
Daedalus Item Code 31676
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"Long a highly influential author on Americans' entry into the Second World War, [Justus] Doenecke has now produced a superb, beautifully researched, and carefully argued account that should become a standard on the United States entering into World War I—a historical dividing line marking the transformation of America from a great continental power into the greatest of world powers. There is here a galaxy of fascinating characters, but at the center is President Woodrow Wilson, who has now become perhaps the most controversial leader in the nation's history. Quoting often from the leading writers of the past 80 years who have shaped our views of 1914–1917, Doenecke has simply subsumed them in an inclusive account that deserves a wide audience, including college classes."—Walter LaFeber

"This splendidly perceptive history is also an exercise in nostalgia for an era when Americans debated a war before the president launched one rather than afterward. A University of South Florida emeritus history professor, Doenecke (Storm on the Horizon: The Challenge to American Intervention, 1939–1941) writes that Americans greeted Germany's 1914 invasion of Belgium with horrified fascination, but with little sense of foreboding. Most citizens and President Woodrow Wilson favored the Allies, but wanted to remain neutral. Doenecke recounts how this feeling gradually changed over two and a half years in response to Germany's self-defeating actions, the foremost being the new submarine warfare, which, raising fears for the safety of passenger ships, was viewed by many as no less ghastly than terrorism is today. Doenecke paints intriguing portraits of leading figures, many now obscure, including Franklin Delano and Theodore Roosevelt and William Jennings Bryan, plus the rich stew of newspapers, magazines, organizations, diplomats, and propagandists who fought (occasionally literally) over this issue."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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