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The King and the Cowboy by David Fromkin
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Aug 20, 2012

really liked it
Read in August, 2012

A really interesting account of two men who found themselves leading the two main English speaking countries in the world in the very early 1900's. Most of the book was an account of "Bertie" AKA King Edward VII in the years prior to his assuming the throne of England after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria. The book also goes into some detail about :Bertie's" nephew who would become Kaiser William II of Germany. Roosevelt's association with King Edward and their steps to keep Germany in check in the years before WW1 is the main thesis of the book.

I found it to be a nicely written account of those times and a really good introduction to the events that preceded the shooting of the Austrian archduke in Sarajevo which is generally believed to have provided the "spark" for The Great War. While that event may have provided the spark, Fromkin details events from the previous 20-30 years that set the stage for this spark.Very interesting reading.

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