Len's Summary: A superbly crafted work which cogently summarizes key events, policies and personalities leading up to the war without apportioning blame. Particularly strong in analysis of the pre-war Balkan imbroglio. A New York Times “Best 10” for 2013. -- A group of well-meaning leaders take Europe into WWI. Received wide-spread praise. -- Places Serbia and the Balkans at the center of events leading to WWI; far from being stable, Europe was wracked by deep-seated, but not always obvious political and problems and afflicted with ineffectual political leaders.
Ambassador Shurtleff, a retired American Foreign Service officer who served as President of The World War One Historical Association and as a past President of The Western Front Association – U S Branch, passed away on January 22, 2014. The searchable version of Len’s Bookshelf was created and will be maintained in his honor.