The Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern America

The Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern AmericaThe Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern America by Michael S. Neiberg
ISBN: 0190464968
Published by Oxford University Press on October 3, 2016
Genres: Strategic Studies
Pages: 272

Winner of the 2016 Tomlinson Prize Award

Neiberg takes a bottom-up approach toward understanding why America finally associated itself with the Entente in the fight against Germany. His major thesis is that Americans were way ahead of the government, and especially President Woodrow Wilson, in understanding that we had to be part of the war “to save civilization” and suppress Germany’s aggressive ambitions.

Memoirs, newspaper columns, magazine articles, private and public letters, and the speeches of Preparedness advocates show us the organic change taking place from 1914 to 1917 in our so-called isolationist population, and how the pressure from ordinary people, and his own advisers, dragged Wilson to a place he did not want to go. The chapter titled “Awaiting the Overt Act” is especially suspenseful, even if you know what’s coming next.

Neiberg’s refreshing viewpoint emphasizing the idealism, thoughtfulness, and good sense of the American public is certainly persuasive. Once again, his natural writing style makes this book an enjoyable as well as informative endeavor that I can recommend without hesitation.

Abridged from review by Jolie Velazquez in RoadstotheGreatWar-ww1.blogspot.com/

[Army Times described it “…eminently readable, impressively researched, and remarkably thorough…”—Ed.]

The World War I Reader

The World War I ReaderThe World War I Reader by Michael S. Neiberg
ISBN: 9780814758335
Published by NYU Press on December 1st 2006
Genres: Military, General
Pages: 375

Len's Summary: Contains documents ranging from official papers to personal diaries, as well as articles and book chapters from written by major scholars. Chapters are arranged chronologically and by theme, and address causes, battlefield leadership, strategies and conditions.

Finding Common Ground: New Directions in First World War Studies

Finding Common Ground: New Directions in First World War StudiesFinding Common Ground: New Directions in First World War Studies by Jennifer D. Keene, Michael S. Neiberg
ISBN: 9004191828
Published by Brill on December 7th 2010
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Europe, General, Essays
Pages: 344

Len's Summary: This collection of essays originated in a 2007 conference sponsored by the Society for WWI Studies. It presents an interdisciplinary approach to understanding this global conflict. Contributors include Roger Chickering, Tim Cook, and David Zabecki. Like all Brill books, this is way too expensive. Get it from your library.

Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I

Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War IDance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I by Michael S. Neiberg
ISBN: 067472593X
Published by Belknap Press on October 14th 2013
Genres: World War I, Diplomacy and Politics, Personal Accounts
Pages: 292

Len's Summary: A fresh look at how the outbreak of war was experienced the citizens of all the participating nations. -- Nobody wanted war, but Neiberg shows how it came to pass drawing on the writings of European and American diplomats, politicians and informed observers. The author is a winner of the WFA’s Tomlinson Book Prize.

The Second Battle of the Marne

The Second Battle of the MarneThe Second Battle of the Marne by Michael S. Neiberg
ISBN: 9780253003546
Published by Indiana University Press on April 9th 2008
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Europe, General
Pages: 232

Len's Summary: Winner of the Annual WFA Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. Book Prize for 2008, this book breaks new ground on a key battle in the last year of the war.