During a pivotal few months in the middle of the First World War all sides-Germany, Britain, and America-believed the war could be concluded. Peace at the end of 1916 would have saved millions of lives and changed the course of history utterly.
Zelikow carries out a meticulous examination of this series of largely forgotten negotiations ... This thought-provoking history is based on vast primary sources, and while the narrative sometimes bogs down in excessive detail, Zelikow’s sharp account brings World War I into focus and raises a number of fascinating 'what if' scenarios. Recommended for all extensive history collections.
Zelikow ably dramatizes their thoughts and actions ... Despite the immense literature about World War I, there is, Zelikow attests, no history until now about this tragic impasse, making this supremely well-written work essential.
An expert but disturbing account of a noble diplomatic failure ... Zelikow shines fresh light on a major historical crossroads ... Zelikow is convincing in his disagreement with numerous historians who maintain that negotiations were impossible because neither side would compromise. In reality, powerful British leaders and the German chancellor took the idea seriously. Zelikow’s skillful account of the following year makes for frustrating reading ... Outstanding revisionist history demonstrating what could have been a far more peaceful 20th century.