A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today

Sir Harold Evans De (autor) Henry Kissinger
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For more than half a century, it has been widely recognized that the Treaty of Versailles created the circumstances that led inevitably to World War II. Less acknowledged and understood is the treaty's profound impact on many other parts of the world-an impact that echoes to this day in the Middle East, the Far East, the Balkans, and, yes, in Iraq. In A Shattered Peace, veteran foreign correspondent David A. Andelman takes a fresh new look at the Treaty of Versailles as the point of origin for many of today's most critical international issues. In this revealing history, Andelman turns the spotlight on the many errors committed by the peacemakers that led to crises and bloodshed from Kosovo to Iraq, wars from Israel to Vietnam. Focusing on the small nations and minor players at the negotiations, including figures such as Ho Chi Minh and Charles de Gaulle who would later become boldfaced names, he traces the outcome of the deliberations through the history of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Andelman also paints a vivid picture of the glittering and often chaotic social whirl that accompanied the negotiations. Elsa Maxwell threw her first party; young Franklin Delano Roosevelt flirted with Parisian widows to the humiliation of his wife, Eleanor; princesses and young gentlemen in formal attire danced gaily to the hot new sound of American jazz-all this as prime ministers Georges Clemenceau and David Lloyd George ogled huge maps, dividing up territories and cementing their nations' positions as leading world powers for decades to come. Complete with a new foreword by Sir Harold Evans, a new introduction from the author, and a never-before-published chapter on establishing a global economy, as well as insightful quotations from the diaries and correspondence of participants and previously unpublished photographs of the proceedings and their surroundings, A Shattered Peace will change the way you think about twentieth-century history, its influence on current events, and where we should go from here.
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ISBN-13: 9781620459911
ISBN-10: 1620459914
Pagini: 388
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 x 22 mm
Greutate: 0.54 kg
Ediția: 2
Editura: Wiley

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Advance Praise for A Shattered Peace
"The peace settlements that followed World War I have recently come back into focus as one of the dominant factors shaping the modern world. The Balkans, the Middle East, Iraq, Turkey, and parts of Africa all owe their present–day problems, in part, to these negotiations. David Andelman brings it all back to life the lofty ideals, the ugly compromises, the larger–than–life personalities who came to Paris in 1919. And he links that far–away diplomatic dance to present–day problems to illuminate our troubled times. A tremendous addition to this vitally important subject."
Ambassador Richard Holbrooke
"The peace conference in Paris at the end of World War I was the first and last moment of pure hope for peace in the history of world affairs. Our president Woodrow Wilson was the sorcerer for this hope, and he kindled great expectations in people everywhere. David Andelman, a classic reporter and storyteller, tells this fascinating tale of hope falling finally and forever on the shoals of naivete and hard–headed cynicism."
Leslie H. Gelb, former columnist for the New York Times and President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations
"The failed peace settlement following the Great War of 1914 1918 has been the subject of many fine books. In many respects, David Andelman′s A Shattered Peace is the best of these. It is compact and compellingly written. Moreover, it explains more clearly than any other work how the failure of peacemaking in 1919 shaped later history and, indeed, shapes our own era."
Ernest R. May, Charles Warren Professor of American History, Harvard University
"It is the power and fascination of David Andelman′s new book, A Shattered Peace, that he shows us with the clarity of a first–rate reporter and the drama and detail at the command of a first–rate novelist that we are all still enmeshed in the loose ends of the Treaty of Versailles. Andelman brings us to Korea, to Vietnam, to the Persian Gulf, and to Iraq in our own vexed era. His story is alive with color, conflict, and interesting people. We could not find a better guide to this time."
Richard Snow, Editor in Chief, American Heritage


Acknowledgments. Prologue. Inflection Points.
1. Onward to Paris.
2. Le Debut.
3. Le Mistrial.
4. The State of the Jews.
5. A Wicked Wind from the East.
6. A Pair of Princes.
7. All Aboard the Orient Express.
8. Into the Balkan Soup.
9. Greater Asian Insecurity.
10. Where Did they All Go?


The Versailles peace conference, held between the Allied victorious powers and Germany following World War I, attempted to create a lasting peace–and parcel out the world. The great powers felt that they should inherit much of it; inhabitants of the countries to be parceled out felt otherwise. The shortsightedness of the conferees produced a world that fragmented in unexpected ways and arguably generated a century of continuous conflict. With chapters on some of those present, such as the young Ho Chi Min, on the shared goals of Emir Feisal and Chaim Weizmann, and on the abortive stab at making peace in revolutionary Russia, Andelman (executive editor, ) casts a bitter light on the rest of the 20th century. The author′s constant theme is that the failures of the Versailles conference laid the groundwork for World War II, the iron curtain, the Vietnam War, the various Middle East conflicts, and the Balkan wars. Andelman′s sprightly view of the peace process, the major and minor players, and the decades–later outcomes is an excellent read that will enhance most history collections. Recommended for most subject collections.
Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army Combined Arms Research Lib., Fort Leavenworth, KS (Library Journal, October 15, 2007) "...fascinating...a challenging and courageous study which highlights the connection between the critical post–war period and the George W. Bush administration′s..." (, Sunday 11th November 2007)

"Andelman′s sprightly view of the peace process, the major and minor players, and the decades–later outcomes is an excellent read..." (Library Journal, October 15, 2007) "...fascinating...[a] study which highlights the connection between the critical post–war period and the George W. Bush administration′s..."  (, Sunday 11th November 2007)
In this revealing and insightful new look at the treaty Andelman exposes the lessons we can learn from Versailles. Lancashire Evening Post Saturday 22 March 2008
Straight talking and easy to read, this does offer good basic advice on nutrition and food labelling Health & Fitness May 2008

Notă biografică

David A. Andelman, Executive Editor of, has reported from more than fifty countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East as a foreign correspondent for the New York Times and CBS News. He has also served as Washington correspondent for CNBC, senior editor of Bloomberg News, and as business editor of the New York Daily News, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in New York City and Canadensis, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Pamela Title.