2014 Finalist


Margaret MacMillan

The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914

The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914by Margaret MacMillan

Margaret MacMillan has both the courage and the talent to plunge into the events that led from the longest, most prosperous peace Europe had ever known to the astonishing butchery that was the First World War. The conflict cost a whole generation of Europeans – twenty million dead and an even larger number of wounded. A formidable accomplishment by a great historian, this book also provides delicious portraits of the times and of the men who led, stumbled, and strutted their way into a war they all assumed would not, could not, happen. MacMillan’s riveting story-telling moves the reader along the treacherous paths that led to the devastation. Along the way, she questions our own assumptions about the beginning of the 21st century and the present potential for global violence.


Margaret MacMillan is the renowned author of Women of the Raj and Stephen Leacock (Extraordinary Canadians series), and the international bestsellers Nixon in China and Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, which won the 2003 Governor General’s Award and the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize. She is also the author of The Uses and Abuses of History. The past provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, she is now the warden of St. Antony’s College at Oxford University.
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