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The Zimmermann Telegram: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and America's Entry Into World War I

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By the winter of 1916/17, World War I had reached a deadlock. While the Allies commanded greater resources and fielded more soldiers than the Central Powers, German armies had penetrated deep into Russia and France, and tenaciously held on to their conquered empire. Hoping to break the stalemate on the western front, the exhausted Allies sought to bring the neutral United ...more
Hardcover, 319 pages
Published October 15th 2012 by US Naval Institute Press
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Jerome
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A solid, insightful history of the people and forces behind Germany’s attempt to keep the US out of the war, and behind Britain’s attempt to achieve the opposite.

Boghardt describes how the idea originated in the German foreign ministry, how the telegram was intercepted during routine monitoring of American diplomatic traffic, how the British decrypted it, how they revealed it to the Americans while keeping their interception of American telegrams a secret, how Blinker Hall shared it with the Ame
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Dennis
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I knew little about the Zimmerman Telegram before reading the book besides the fact that my high school textbook called it a turning point during World War I. This book goes into voluminous detail about what led to the decision to send the Telegram. It profiles the German diplomatic corps, the infighting in the German government during World War I, and how British intelligence obtained the telegram and gave it to the Americans. The British "Room 40" are the protagonists of the book, but not nece ...more
Jim Campbell
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
A friend told me that he had read this very good book called "The Zimmerman Telegram". After checking on Amazon I asked him if he had the older book by Tuchman or the more recent book by Boghardt. He said he had read the older book. Even with his great recommendation on the Tuchman book Idecided to read the later one. I probably would have had more fun reading Tuchman's book since it describes a lot of drama about keeping how the information was obtained regarding the telegram. But Tuchman was u ...more
Alexander Seifert
An interesting and concise text. I read/skimmed/gutted this book as part of a German History class in grad school and enjoyed it. I'd have to return to it to really dice out any particulars, but if you have an interest in diplomatic/intelligence history, this is a book for you.
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