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Bismarck - The Story of a Fighter

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This vintage book is Emil Ludwig s 1930 biography, Bismarck - The Story of A Fighter . This landmark biography presents a vivid historical and psychological picture of the man of blood and iron, and delves more into the life and mind of Otto Von Bismark than any preceding attempt. A fantastically detailed and authentic biography of the man who dominated European affairs in ...more
Paperback, 668 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by Ludwig Press (first published 1926)
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Tariq Mahmood
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: europe, history
This particular biography is not easy to engage. The style is rather historical and factual making the reading pretty difficult to follow. Bismarck comes across as a diplomat, aware of his noble lineage and careful in making decisions. At a very early age he becomes very individualistic challenging both religion and liberalism. So when he started his career as a diplomat, he followed a realist strategy, instead of an ideologist path.

Bismarck throughout his life seems to impose his own ideas and
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Peter Lindsay
Feb 06, 2008 rated it liked it
This is a thorough and rich biography of Otto Von Bismark. I think some background in 19th Century Central European politics may be helpful for some readers. The book requires some understanding of German cultural practices and social structure prior to the Industrial Revolution. It's tough to recommend.
Cole Brumwell
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bismarck: The Story of a Fighter by Emil Ludwig was an enjoyable history of the formation of Germany and Otto Von Bismarck's climb to power. My lack of knowledge in early Prussian/German political and social systems led to some confusing parts during the book however it did not effect the read and it was very enjoyable none the less. The story starts with Bismarck in his childhood where he develops his sense of pride for from his lineage, and also develops a sense of pride and nationhood for Pru ...more
John
Dec 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, nonfiction, mexico, bio
I rated this book on how I felt about it, If your are s student of German history theN you might think it a 5 star work. I am sorry I ever started it, a very slow difficult read for me. I felt like I was reading a high school history book. Lots of facts. I had read Ludwig's NAPOLEON which I liked very much giving it 5 stars. disappointed.
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Emil Ludwig (originally named Emil Cohn) was born in Breslau, now part of Poland. Ludwig studied law but chose writing as a career. At first he wrote plays and novella, but also worked as a journalist. In 1906, he moved to Switzerland, but, during World War I, he worked as a foreign correspondent for the Berliner Tageblatt in Vienna and Istanbul. He became a Swiss citizen in 1932, later emigrating ...more