George, Nicholas and Wilhelm by Miranda Carter
Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I

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Yet even if Ms. Carter's attractively old-fashioned, individuals-based argument falls short of being persuasive, "George, Nicholas and Wilhelm" does offer some great stories.
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In the years before the First World War, the great European powers were ruled by three first cousins: King George V of Britain, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Together, they presided over the last years of dynastic Europe and the outbreak of the most destructive war the world had ever seen, a war that set twentieth-century Europe on course to be the most violent continent in the history of the world.
 
Through brilliant and often darkly comic portraits of these men and their lives, their foibles and obsessions, Miranda Carter delivers the tragicomic story of Europe’s early twentieth-century aristocracy, a solipsistic world preposterously out of kilter with its times.




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About Miranda Carter

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Miranda Carter was educated at St Paul's Girls' School and Exeter College, Oxford. She worked as a publisher and journalist. She lives in London with her husband and son. This is her first book.
 
Published March 18, 2010 by Vintage. 561 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Andrew Robert on Mar 22 2010

Yet even if Ms. Carter's attractively old-fashioned, individuals-based argument falls short of being persuasive, "George, Nicholas and Wilhelm" does offer some great stories.

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