Margaret MacMillan

1 Paris 1919

Author : Margaret MacMillan & Richard Holbrooke
Genre :  Military  Books  History  Biographies & Memoirs  Politics & Current Events 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2002-10-29
Description :  <b>A landmark work of narrative history,&#xa0;<i>Paris 1919</i>&#xa0;is the first full-scale treatment of the Peace Conference in more than twenty-five years. It offers a scintillating view of those dramatic and fateful days when much of the modern world was sketched out, when countries were created—Iraq, Yugoslavia, Israel—whose troubles haunt us still.</b><br /><br /><b>Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize&#xa0;</b>•<b>&#xa0;Winner of the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize&#xa0;</b>•<b>&#xa0;Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize</b><br /><br /> Between January and July 1919, after “the war to end all wars,” men and women from around the world converged on Paris to shape the peace. Center stage, for the first time in history, was an American president, Woodrow Wilson, who with his Fourteen Points seemed to promise to so many people the fulfillment of their dreams. Stern, intransigent, impatient when it came to security concerns and wildly idealistic in his dream of a League of Nations that would resolve all future conflict peacefully, Wilson is only one of the larger-than-life characters who fill the pages of this extraordinary book. David Lloyd George, the gregarious and wily British prime minister, brought Winston Churchill and John Maynard Keynes. Lawrence of Arabia joined the Arab delegation. Ho Chi Minh, a kitchen assistant at the Ritz, submitted a petition for an independent Vietnam.<br /><br /> For six months, Paris was effectively the center of the world as the peacemakers carved up bankrupt empires and created new countries. This book brings to life the personalities, ideals, and prejudices of the men who shaped the settlement. They pushed Russia to the sidelines, alienated China, and dismissed the Arabs. They struggled with the problems of Kosovo, of the Kurds, and of a homeland for the Jews.<br /><br /> The peacemakers, so it has been said, failed dismally; above all they failed to prevent another war. Margaret MacMillan argues that they have unfairly been made the scapegoats for the mistakes of those who came later. She refutes received ideas about the path from Versailles to World War II and debunks the widely accepted notion that reparations imposed on the Germans were in large part responsible for the Second World War.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Paris 1919</i></b><br /><br />“It’s easy to get into a war, but ending it is a more arduous matter. It was never more so than in 1919, at the Paris Conference. . . . This is an enthralling book: detailed, fair, unfailingly lively. Professor MacMillan has that essential quality of the historian, a narrative gift.”&#xa0;<b>—Allan Massie,&#xa0;<i>The Daily Telegraph</i>&#xa0;(London)</b>

2 The War That Ended Peace

Author : Margaret MacMillan
Genre :  Politics & Current Events  Books  History  Military  Europe 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2013-10-29
Description :  <b><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY</b><br /> <b><i>The New York Times Book Review • The Economist • The Christian Science Monitor • Bloomberg Businessweek • The Globe and Mail</i></b><br /></b><br />From the bestselling and award-winning author of <i>Paris 1919</i> comes a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, a fascinating portrait of Europe from 1900 up to the outbreak of World War I. <br /> &#xa0;<br /> The century since the end of the Napoleonic wars had been the most peaceful era Europe had known since the fall of the Roman Empire. In the first years of the twentieth century, Europe believed it was marching to a golden, happy, and prosperous future. But instead, complex personalities and rivalries, colonialism and ethnic nationalisms, and shifting alliances helped to bring about the failure of the long peace and the outbreak of a war that transformed Europe and the world. <br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> <i>The War That Ended Peace </i>brings vividly to life the military leaders, politicians, diplomats, bankers, and the extended, interrelated family of crowned heads<b> </b>across Europe who failed to stop the descent into war: in Germany, the mercurial Kaiser Wilhelm II and the chief of the German general staff, Von Moltke the Younger; in Austria-Hungary, Emperor Franz Joseph, a man who tried, through sheer hard work, to stave off the coming chaos in his empire; in Russia, Tsar Nicholas II and his wife; in Britain, King Edward VII, Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, and British admiral Jacky Fisher, the fierce advocate of naval reform who entered into the arms race with Germany that pushed the continent toward confrontation on land and sea.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> There are the would-be peacemakers as well, among them prophets of the horrors of future wars whose warnings went unheeded: Alfred Nobel, who donated his fortune to the cause of international understanding, and Bertha von Suttner, a writer and activist who was the first woman awarded Nobel’s new Peace Prize. Here too we meet the urbane and cosmopolitan Count Harry Kessler, who noticed many of the early signs that something was stirring in Europe; the young Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty and a rising figure in British politics; Madame Caillaux, who shot a man who might have been a force for peace; and more. With indelible portraits, MacMillan shows how the fateful decisions of a few powerful people changed the course of history. <br /> &#xa0;<br /> Taut, suspenseful, and impossible to put down, <i>The War That Ended Peace</i> is also a wise cautionary reminder of how wars happen in spite of the near-universal desire to keep the peace. Destined to become a classic in the tradition of Barbara Tuchman’s <i>The Guns of August</i>, <i>The War That Ended Peace</i> enriches our understanding of one of the defining periods and events of the twentieth century.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>Praise for <i>The War That Ended Peace</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br />“Magnificent . . . <i>The War That Ended Peace</i> will certainly rank among the best books of the centennial crop.”<b>—<i>The Economist</i> </b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Superb.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “Masterly . . . marvelous . . . Those looking to understand why World War I happened will have a hard time finding a better place to start.”<b>—<i>The Christian Science Monitor</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “The debate over the war’s origins has raged for years. Ms. MacMillan’s explanation goes straight to the heart of political fallibility. . . . Elegantly written, with wonderful character sketches of the key players, this is a book to be treasured.”<b>—The Wall Street Journal</b><br /><br />“A magisterial 600-page panorama.”<b>—Christopher Clark, <i>London Review of Books</i></b>

3 Dangerous Games

Author : Margaret MacMillan
Genre :  History  Books  Politics & Current Events 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2009-07-07
Description :  Acclaimed historian Margaret MacMillan explores here the many ways in which history affects us all. She shows how a deeper engagement with history, both as individuals and in the sphere of public debate, can help us understand ourselves and the world better. But she also warns that history can be misused and lead to misunderstanding. History is used to justify religious movements and political campaigns alike. Dictators may suppress history because it undermines their ideas, agendas, or claims to absolute authority. Nationalists may tell false, one-sided, or misleading stories about the past. Political leaders might mobilize their people by telling lies. It is imperative that we have an understanding of the past and avoid these and other common traps in thinking to which many fall prey. This brilliantly reasoned work, alive with incident and figures both great and infamous, will compel us to examine history anew—and skillfully illuminates why it is important to treat the past with care.

4 Nixon and Mao

Author : Margaret MacMillan
Genre :  Asia  Books  History  Politics & Current Events  United States 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2007-02-13
Description :  With the publication of her landmark bestseller <i>Paris 1919</i>, Margaret MacMillan was praised as “a superb writer who can bring history to life” (<i>The Philadelphia Inquirer</i>). Now she brings her extraordinary gifts to one of the most important subjects today–the relationship between the United States and China–and one of the most significant moments in modern history. In February 1972, Richard Nixon, the first American president ever to visit China, and Mao Tse-tung, the enigmatic Communist dictator, met for an hour in Beijing. Their meeting changed the course of history and ultimately laid the groundwork for the complex relationship between China and the United States that we see today.<br /><br />That monumental meeting in 1972–during what Nixon called “the week that changed the world”–could have been brought about only by powerful leaders: Nixon himself, a great strategist and a flawed human being, and Mao, willful and ruthless. They were assisted by two brilliant and complex statesmen, Henry Kissinger and Chou En-lai. Surrounding them were fascinating people with unusual roles to play, including the enormously disciplined and unhappy Pat Nixon and a small-time Shanghai actress turned monstrous empress, Jiang Qing. And behind all of them lay the complex history of two countries, two great and equally confident civilizations: China, ancient and contemptuous yet fearful of barbarians beyond the Middle Kingdom, and the United States, forward-looking and confident, seeing itself as the beacon for the world. <br /><br />Nixon thought China could help him get out of Vietnam. Mao needed American technology and expertise to repair the damage of the Cultural Revolution. Both men wanted an ally against an aggressive Soviet Union. Did they get what they wanted? Did Mao betray his own revolutionary ideals? How did the people of China react to this apparent change in attitude toward the imperialist Americans? Did Nixon make a mistake in coming to China as a supplicant? And what has been the impact of the visit on the United States ever since?<br /><br />Weaving together fascinating anecdotes and insights, an understanding of Chinese and American history, and the momentous events of an extraordinary time, this brilliantly written book looks at one of the transformative moments of the twentieth century and casts new light on a key relationship for the world of the twenty-first century. <b><br /></b><br /><br />Margaret MacMillan is the author of <i>Women of the Raj</i> and <i>Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World</i>, which won the Duff Cooper Prize, the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History, a Silver Medal for the Arthur Ross Book Award of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Governor General’s Literary Award for nonfiction. It was selected by the editors of <i>The New York Times</i> as one of the best books of 2002. Currently the provost of Trinity College and a professor of history at the University of Toronto, MacMillan takes up the position of warden of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, in July 2007. She is an officer of the Order of Canada, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a senior fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

5 The Rhyme of History

Author : Margaret MacMillan
Genre :  Politics & Current Events  Books 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2013-12-18
Description :  As the 100th anniversary of World War I approaches, historian Margaret MacMillan compares current global tensions—rising nationalism, globalization’s economic pressures, sectarian strife, and the United States’ fading role as the world’s pre-eminent superpower—to the period preceding the Great War. In illuminating the years before 1914, MacMillan shows the many parallels between then and now, telling an urgent story for our time. THE BROOKINGS ESSAY: In the spirit of its commitment to high-quality, independent research, the Brookings Institution has commissioned works on major topics of public policy by distinguished authors, including Brookings scholars. The Brookings Essay is a multi-platform product aimed to engage readers in open dialogue and debate. The views expressed, however, are solely those of the author. Available in ebook only.

6 1914

Author : Margaret MacMillan
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2013-11-13
Description :  “La luce si sta spegnendo su tutta Europa e non la vedremo più riaccendersi nel corso della nostra vita”: sir Edward Grey, segretario di Stato inglese per gli Affari esteri, percepì con chiarezza le dimensioni della crisi che nel giro di pochi giorni, di poche ore, avrebbe portato il continente europeo sull’orlo della catastrofe. Ma lo scoppio del conflitto, nell’agosto 1914, non fu che l’ultima maglia di una lunga catena di eventi, il momento che racchiuse – comprimendole – inquietudini e aspirazioni di un’epoca intera. Insieme ai profondi mutamenti sociali, culturali e tecnologici che trasformarono la natura della civiltà europea tra Ottocento e primo Novecento, l’autrice ripercorre gli antefatti, le tensioni accumulate, le scelte contingenti, spesso dovute a fraintendimenti, debolezze, ripicche tra politici e generali: il risultato è una ricostruzione, capillare e brillante, di un’ora fatale dell’umanità.

7 París, 1919

Author : Margaret MacMillan
Genre :  History  Books  Military 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2017-09-05
Description :  Entre enero y julio de 1919, tras el final de la primera guerra mundial, dirigentes del mundo entero llegaron a París para organizar una paz duradera. En esa Conferencia de Paz, los «tres grandes» –el presidente estadounidense Woodrow Wilson, más los primeros ministros de Inglaterra y Francia, David Lloyd George y Georges Clemenceau– se enfrentaban a una tarea gigantesca: poner en pie una Europa en ruinas, obtener de Alemania unas gravosas reparaciones de guerra, detener el avance de la reciente Revolución rusa y gestionar el inestable equilibrio de poderes tras la desaparición de los viejos imperios. No menos fascinantes son los «secundarios» de esta obra: personajes como Lawrence de Arabia, Winston Churchill o Ho Chi Minh, que años después desempeñaron un papel decisivo en la historia del siglo XX.

8 A primeira guerra mundial

Author : Margaret MacMillan
Genre :  Military  Books  History  Europe 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2016-04-28
Description :  A Primeira Guerra Mundial – que acabaria com as guerras<br /> No centenário de um dos conflitos que marcou a história do século XX, a Globo Livros lança "A Primeira Guerra Mundial", considerado um dos melhores lançamentos do ano em não ficção por publicações como The New York Times Book Review, The Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek e The Globe and Mail. O livro conquistou em 2014 o prestigiado Political Book Award, na categoria "Questões Internacionais".<br /> Com descrições detalhadas, Macmillan analisa como a Europa de 1900 foi de um clima de confiança no progresso e no futuro a um conflito que mataria milhões de pessoas, sangraria as economias e acirraria as rivalidades nacionais. A autora se debruça sobre o período entre o início do século 19 até o assassinato do arquiduque Franz Ferdinand, herdeiro do trono austro-húngaro, para investigar as transformações políticas e tecnológicas, as decisões de estado e os deslizes da natureza humana que resultaram na guerra. Uma leitura fluída e prazerosa, "A Primeira Guerra Mundial" é uma obra de referência, fundamental para compreender eventos que definiram os rumos do século XX.<br /> A historiadora Margaret MacMillan é uma referência internacional nos estudos sobre a Primeira Guerra e recebeu recentemente o Harbourfront Festival Prize, prêmio concedido pelo International Festival of Authors (IFOA), realizado em Toronto, no Canadá. A premiação já foi concedida outra renomada autora canadense, a vencedora do Prêmio Nobel de Literatura 2013, Alice Munro.<br /> O texto resgata líderes políticos, diplomatas, militares, banqueiros e, sobretudo, cabeças coroadas que à época ainda mantinham laços familiares de longa data. E conta como todos – do impulsivo kaiser Wilhelm II ao imperador da Áustria-Hungria Franz Joseph, do czar Nicolau II ao rei inglês Edward VII – não conseguiram interromper a escalada de hostilidades. O amplo retrato produzido pela autora não deixa de citar, também, personalidades que fizeram alertas em favor da paz. Entre elas, o cientista Alfred Nobel, a escritora e ativista Bertha von Suttner (a primeira mulher a receber o Prêmio Nobel da Paz) e uma estrela em ascensão na política britânica: Winston Churchill.<br /> Narrado com desenvoltura, o livro mantém o leitor agarrado ao desenrolar da história, ligando os fios entre os acontecimentos e revelando como decisões de alguns poucos poderosos podem determinar o destino de um povo e de vários países. Íntima dos bastidores do poder, Madeleine Albright, ex-secretária de Estado do governo Clinton, foi enfática ao opinar sobre o trabalho de McMillan: "Este é um dos melhores livros que já li sobre as causas da Primeira Guerra Mundial".

9 1914

Author : Margaret MacMillan
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $21.99
Release Date :  2013-11-01
Description :  El relato definitivo de las fuerzas políticas, culturales, militares y personales que llevaron a Europa hacia la Gran Guerra.<br/> La Primera Guerra Mundial puso fin a un largo periodo de paz sostenida en Europa: una época en la que se hablaba confiadamente de prosperidad, de progreso y de esperanza. Y sin embargo, en 1914 el continente se lanzó de cabeza a un conflicto catastrófico, que mató a millones de personas, desangró las economías nacionales, derrumbó imperios y puso fin para siempre a la hegemonía mundial europea. Fue una guerra que hubiera podido evitarse hasta el último momento. La pregunta es: ¿por qué se produjo?<br/> Empezando en el siglo xix y acabando con el asesinato<br/> del archiduque Francisco Fernando, la gran historiadora Margaret MacMillan desvela la compleja red de alianzas, cambios políticos y tecnológicos, decisiones diplomáticas y, sobre todo, personalidades y debilidades humanas que llevaron a Europa al desastre.<br/> Una narración imprescindible para conocer el mundo de hoy entendiendo mejor el de hace un siglo.

10 Războiul care a pus capăt păcii. Drumul spre 1914

Author : Margaret MacMillan
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $15.99
Release Date :  2016-02-10
Description :  Cum a renunțat Europa la pace și a ales Primul Război Mondial<br /><br />„O strălucită expunere a lungului, atât de lungului marș către catastrofa europeană din 1914.“ – MAX HASTINGS<br /><br />Carte distinsă cu International Affairs Book of the Year 2014 la Political Book Awards<br /><br />Nominalizată la Samuel Johnson Prize 2013 și Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing 2013, acordat de Writers Trust of Canada<br /><br />Inclusă pe lista celor mai bune cărți ale anului de publicațiile: New York Times, The Economist Mail on Sunday, The Observer Daily Mail<br /><br />„Istoria lui MacMillan este magistrală – densă, echilibrată și umană. Povestea prăbușirii diplomatice a Europei nu a fost niciodată narată mai bine.“ -- The Spectator<br /><br />„Profund impresionantă și impecabil documentată… lucrarea definitorie pentru istoria anilor de sfârșit ai vechii Europe.“ AMANDA FOREMAN<br /><br />„…povestea modului în care lideri inteligenți și de bună credință și-au condus națiunile pe drumul către catastrofă. Debordând de intrigi, însuflețită de istorisiri fascinante și captivantă prin observațiile personale ale autoarei, aceasta este una dintre cele mai bune cărți pe care le-am citit vreodată despre cauzele Primului Război Mondial.“ MADELEINE ALBRIGHT<br /><br />O carte de dimensiuni epice, alcătuită nu numai cu acribia istoricului, dar și cu gândirea eliberată de clișee a analistului contemporan, interesat de comparații și arcuri peste timp, a cărei poveste fascinantă se derulează în ritmul alert și sincopat al unui roman de aventuri.<br />Un magistral tour de force prin istoria și diplomația sfârșitului de secol al XIX-lea și începutului de secol al XX-lea.<br />Într-un tablou panoramic care reunește informație istorică atent documentată, analize aplicate, revelații din arhive, fragmente de corespondență privată, dar și anecdotică plină de culoare, portretizări expresive și incursiuni pasionante în antropologia culturală, Margaret MacMillan explorează perioada premergătoare izbucnirii Primului Război Mondial, în încercarea de a descifra cauzele care au dus, după o îndelungată perioadă de pace și prosperitate pe continentul european, la marșul nesăbuit către o conflagrație de proporții mondiale.

11 Die Friedensmacher

Author : Margaret MacMillan
Genre :  Politics & Current Events  Books 
Price :  $39.99
Release Date :  2015-09-11
Description :  WORUM GEHT ES? Wie der Kriegsausbruch 1914 war auch das Kriegsende 1918 ein Schlüsselereignis des 20. Jahrhunderts. Der Zusammenbruch der vier größten Reiche Europas führte zur folgenreichen Neuordnung des Kontinents im Versailler Friedensvertrag von 1919. In ihrem preisgekrönten Buch schildert die Historikerin Margaret MacMillan anschaulich das Geschehen rund um die Vertragsverhandlungen: die Differenzen der Siegermächte, die Rachegelüste der Franzosen, die Annexionswünsche der Engländer, die missachteten Erwartungen der Kolonialvölker, die demütigende Behandlung der Deutschen, das Geschacher um den Nachlass der Verlierer, schließlich der "Diktatfrieden", der Deutschland die Alleinschuld am Kriegsausbruch aufbürdete. MacMillan würdigt das Bemühen der Sieger um eine dauerhafte Friedensordnung, zeigt aber auch deutlich, wie sehr die schließlich in den Zweiten Weltkrieg mündenden Konflikte bereits im Versailler Friedensschluss angelegt waren. WAS IST BESONDERS? Was Christopher Clarks Buch für die Vorgeschichte des Ersten Weltkriegs geleistet hat, leistet MacMillans Buch für die Nachgeschichte. Die erste große Gesamtdarstellung des Versailler Friedensvertrags gilt in der angelsächsischen Welt längst als Standardwerk. Brillant erzählt, fesselnde Lektüre. WER LIEST? • Die Leser der Bestseller von Christopher Clark und Herfried Münkler • Alle, die sich für Weltkriegsgeschichte interessieren

12 Las personas de la historia

Author : Margaret MacMillan
Genre :  Art & Architecture  Books  Arts & Entertainment 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2017-10-16
Description :  La gran historiadora canadiense Margaret MacMillan, autora del bestseller internacional 1914. De la paz a la guerra, nos presenta aquí su propia selección personal de las figuras del pasado, hombres y mujeres, algunos famosos y otros menos conocidos, que en su opinión destacan como &#34;personas que hicieron historia&#34;.<br/> <br/> MacMillan examina el concepto de liderazgo a través de Bismarck y su papel en la unificación de Alemania, Willam Lyon Mackenzie King en la defensa de la unidad canadiense, y Franklin D. Roosevelt en la política estadounidense durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, y señala los grandes errores o decisiones destructivas de dirigentes totalitarios Hitler, o democráticos como Nixon o Thatcher.<br/> <br/> También hay espacio para soñadores y aventureros y personalidades únicas menos conocidas pero cruciales en su época. Este libro trata de la relación importante y compleja que establecen la biografía y la historia, los individuos y su tiempo.



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