The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went To War In 1914 by Christopher ClarkThe Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went To War In 1914 by Christopher Clark

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went To War In 1914

byChristopher Clark

Paperback | March 18, 2014

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One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (History)

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 is historian Christopher Clark’s riveting account of the explosive beginnings of World War I.

Drawing on new scholarship, Clark offers a fresh look at World War I, focusing not on the battles and atrocities of the war itself, but on the complex events and relationships that led a group of well-meaning leaders into brutal conflict.

Clark traces the paths to war in a minute-by-minute, action-packed narrative that cuts between the key decision centers in Vienna, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Paris, London, and Belgrade, and examines the decades of history that informed the events of 1914 and details the mutual misunderstandings and unintended signals that drove the crisis forward in a few short weeks.

Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers is a dramatic and authoritative chronicle of Europe’s descent into a war that tore the world apart.

Christopher Clark is a professor of modern European history and a fellow of St. Catharine's College at the University of Cambridge, UK. He is the author ofIron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947, among other books.
Title:The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went To War In 1914Format:PaperbackDimensions:736 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.18 inPublished:March 18, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061146668

ISBN - 13:9780061146664

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meticulous research I've read plenty of WW1 history but this is the first book that deals solely with the lead-up to the war. Although the quotes on the book describe it as so readable, I found it hard going because of the level of detail. If you're a real history buff, it's worth reading, and I did learn a lot.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing detail There's a lot in here, but its very readable
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fascinating Clark is that rare breed - a readable scholar. He has an incredible grasp of detail but makes it read as if written by a novelist. For me this was a new perspective on WWI and one that I enjoyed and gained from reading. David McKee, Toronto
Date published: 2014-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Sleepwalkers Worth a read but the level of detail is daunting
Date published: 2013-05-13

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“One of 2013’s finest nonfiction books. . . . Offers more up-to-date scholarship than you’ll find in a classic like Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August.”