World War I by Ralph Raico
(The United States at War - Audio Classics series)

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[MP3CD audiobook format in vinyl case.]

[Read by George C. Scott]
[Edited by Wendy McElroy, Produced by Pat Childs]

By the turn of the twentieth century, the United States had evolved from a British colony into an international power. As a result of the Spanish-American War, America had acquired colonies in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as well as a taste for international politics.

Then the First World War erupted. As it dragged on, Americans fiercely debated US involvement; the nation had a deep tradition of avoiding foreign wars. But while the Spanish-American War had challenged this tradition, the First World War would shatter it.

President Woodrow Wilson called World War I ''a war to make the world safe for democracy.'' But the conflict brought neither safety nor democracy -- instead, governments restricted personal and economic liberties to better pursue the war. In Russia, the Bolsheviks would translate an antiwar groundswell into a communist revolution and revolutionaries around the world would look to them as a model.

Even the Treaty of Versailles, which formally ended the war between Germany and the Allies, brought no security. Of the treaty and its harsh terms, a French representative declared, ''This is not peace. It is an armistice for twenty years.''

'The United States at War' series is a collection of presentations that review the political, economic, and social tensions that have erupted in military conflict and examine how the conflict resolved, or failed to resolve, those tensions. *This audiobook edition combines Part 1 and Part 2 of World War 1 by Ralph Raico into this one package.

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Published November 1, 2012 by Blackstone Audio, Inc..
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction