The Zimmermann Telegram by Barbara W. Tuchman audiobook

The Zimmermann Telegram

By Barbara W. Tuchman
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For almost three years, President Woodrow Wilson maintained a moral and political neutrality toward World War I, a neutrality that waxed and waned with the flow and consequences of European events. Finally, Wilson had enough. On April 2, 1917, he asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany and the other Central Powers. Congress obliged. The straw that broke the camel's back was a top secret coded telegram from Germany's foreign minister, Arthur Zimmermann, to Germany's ambassador to the U.S., Count Johann von Bernstorff. The Zimmermann Telegram, and brief 153 code groups within a longer 1,000-group message, was intercepted and decoded by a British intelligence team commanded by the legendary Admiral Sir William 'Blinker' Hall. The message was simple enough: Germany was going to institute unrestricted submarine warfare, and also wanted an alliance with Mexico and Japan; if Mexico agreed and would launch a subsequent military attack on the United States, Germany would see that Mexico got Texas, Arizona and New Mexico back. The story of how that telegram came to be formulated, sent, intercepted, decoded and delivered from Blinker Hall to Woodrow Wilson is a thrilling story that went back more than three years, and encompassed an almost unbelievable array of exciting cloak-and-dagger activities.

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For almost three years, President Woodrow Wilson maintained a moral and political neutrality toward World War I, a neutrality that waxed and waned with the flow and consequences of European events. Finally, Wilson had enough. On April 2, 1917, he asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany and the other Central Powers. Congress obliged. The straw that broke the camel's back was a top secret coded telegram from Germany's foreign minister, Arthur Zimmermann, to Germany's ambassador to the U.S., Count Johann von Bernstorff. The Zimmermann Telegram, and brief 153 code groups within a longer 1,000-group message, was intercepted and decoded by a British intelligence team commanded by the legendary Admiral Sir William 'Blinker' Hall. The message was simple enough: Germany was going to institute unrestricted submarine warfare, and also wanted an alliance with Mexico and Japan; if Mexico agreed and would launch a subsequent military attack on the United States, Germany would see that Mexico got Texas, Arizona and New Mexico back. The story of how that telegram came to be formulated, sent, intercepted, decoded and delivered from Blinker Hall to Woodrow Wilson is a thrilling story that went back more than three years, and encompassed an almost unbelievable array of exciting cloak-and-dagger activities.

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Author Bio: Barbara W. Tuchman

Author Bio: Barbara W. Tuchman

Barbara W. Tuchman (1912–1989) was a self-trained historian and author who achieved prominence with The Zimmerman Telegram and international fame with The Guns of August, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1963. She received her BA degree from Radcliffe College in 1933 and worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Pacific Relations in New York and Tokyo from 1934 to 1935. She then began working as a journalist and contributed to publications including The Nation, for which she covered the Spanish Civil War as a foreign correspondent in 1937. Her other books, include The Proud Tower, A Distant Mirror, Practicing History, The March of Folly, The First Salute, and Stilwell and the American Experience in China: 1911-45, also awarded the Pulitzer Prize. In 1980 the National Endowment for the Humanities selected her to deliver the Jefferson Lecture, the US government’s highest honor for intellectual achievement in the humanities.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 7.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English