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The Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern America

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America's entry into World War One in April 1917 marked the end of one era in the nation's history and the start of another. As acclaimed historian Michael S. Neiberg reveals in his compelling new work, the Great War erupted in the midst of lively domestic debate as to what America's role should be in the global sphere. Whereas Woodrow Wilson was re-elected in 1916 by pled ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 3rd 2016 by Oxford University Press
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Wayne McCoy
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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'The Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern America' by Michael S. Neiberg is a book about how America ended up finally fighting in World War I.

When World War I broke out in Europe, the U.S. was quite far from it, both in distance and mindset. The move to war was gradual and debated. Events like the invastion of Belgium and the sinking of the Lusitania made a case for the war, but there were many who still wanted to avoid war. The book talks about the immigrant communities felt abo
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victor harris
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am not so sure how well he created the connections to Modern America as indicated in the title, but it certainly is thorough in the coverage of how the U.S. got dragged into the European conflict in 1917. Very good analysis of the politics and infighting of the Wilson administration. Likewise for his treatment of hyphenated-Americans and and particularly the pressure on groups of divided loyalties living in the U.S. such as the Germans, Irish, and Jews. The bulk of whom would make their commit ...more
Chelsee Alcantara
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on World War 1!
Don Heiman
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Michael Neiberg's 2016 Oxford Press book "The Path to War" describes the forces that led the US to declare war in 1917 against Germany. The book is fascinating, rich in detail, and exceptionally documented. I am amazed by how the history of WW1 continues to affect our present day global and foreign affair relationships. I had the opportunity to hear the author present his book's highlights and answer questions from many people who had grandparents and relatives who served in WW 1.
Edoardo Albert
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
At the dawn of the 20th century, the United States was a power hiding behind oceans. In the first decades of the 21st century, it is the world’s only hyperpower, able to project its military and cultural influence to every corner of the world. This fascinating book – at least, it’s fascinating for those with an interest in the political and sociological history of America – tells how America made the decisive turn towards engagement with the outside world.

It may be hard to realise now, but throu
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Michael S. Neiberg is the Stimson Chair of the Department of National Security and Strategy at the US Army War College. He has also taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy and the University of Southern Mississippi.

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