After Years Of Bitter Debate, The United States Declared War On Imperial Germany On April 6, 1917, Plunging The Country Into The Savage European Conflict That Would Redraw The Map Of The Continent And The Globe The World Remade Is An Engrossing Chronicle Of America S Pivotal, Still Controversial Intervention Into World War I, Encompassing The Tumultuous Politics And Towering Historical Figures That Defined The Era And Forged The Future When It Declared War, The United States Was The Youngest Of The Major Powers And Militarily The Weakest By Far On November 11, 1918, When The Fighting Stopped, It Was Not Only The Richest Country On Earth But The Mightiest.With The Mercurial, Autocratic President Woodrow Wilson As A Primary Focus, G J Meyer Takes Readers From The Heated Deliberations Over U.S Involvement, Through The Provocations And Manipulations That Drew Us Into The Fight, To The Battlefield Itself And The Shattering Aftermath Of The Struggle America S Entry Into The Great War Helped Make Possible The Defeat Of Germany That Had Eluded Britain, France, Russia, And Italy In Three And A Half Years Of Horrendous Carnage Victory, In Turn, Led To A Peace Treaty So Ill Conceived, So Vindictive, That The World Was Put On The Road To An Even Bloodier Confrontation A Mere Twenty Years Later.On The Home Front, Meyer Recounts The Break Up Of Traditional Class Structures, The Rise Of The Progressive And Labor Movements, The Wave Of Anti German Hysteria, And The Explosive Expansion Of Both The Economy And Federal Power, Including Shocking Suspensions Of Constitutional Protections That Planted The Seeds Of Today S National Security State Here Also Are Revealing Portraits Of Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, Robert La Follette, Eugene Debs, And John J Black Jack Pershing, Among Others, As Well As European Leaders Such As Welsh Wizard David Lloyd George Of Britain, Tiger Georges Clemenceau Of France, And Kaiser Wilhelm II Of Germany.Meyer Interweaves The Many Strands Of His Story Into A Gripping Narrative That Casts New Light On One Of The Darkest, Most Forgotten Corners Of U.S History In The Grand Tradition Of His Earlier Work A World Undone Which Centered On The European Perspective The World Remade Adds A New, Uniquely American Dimension To Our Understanding Of The Seminal Conflict Of The Twentieth Century. A fresh, provocative look at America s role in WW1 Written briskly, free from annoying jargon, Meyer argues that Wilson s shaky grasp of the issues, and handling of them, destroyed hopes for a peaceful Europe afterward and on the home front, damaged Constitutional freedoms Much of the When I write these reviews I do so with the belief that GR members read them for help in deciding if a book is worth reading They want to know what the book is about without spoilers and what I liked or didn t like about it along with any helpful comments or warnings It s a simple enough task and I tend to keep my reviews short and to the point Long drawn out analyzes can be saved for bookclub discussions or one on one meetings or emailings with friends I am telling you this because I think this review will be longer, maybe much longer, than what is usual for me because this book was a jaw dropper, at least for me About 3 years ago when the 100 year anniversary of WWI was approaching I felt the need to learn about that war I knew some things but not enough to feel I really understood the war I went searching for a book and found this author s A World Undone a complete history of that war I was somewhat familiar with Meyer as he had written a biography of the Borgias that I had read earlier In that book he challenged the popular understanding of Pope Alexander and his family with all their alleged depravity, greed, criminality etc His challenges were than a bit credible and gave the reader something to consider Based on my enjoyment of that book I bought and read Undone and was not disappointed I found his history of WWI to be as readable and understandable as one could hope to find for a war that was Though The World Remade America in World War I is big disappointment, in fairness to the author G J Meyer one should concede that he probably wrote the book he intended, but unfortunately not the book that I hoped for I wanted to find out why and how the United States found she had to enter the Great War on side of the allies The principal fault in the book is the lack of discussion or even recognition of the place in the world that America had achieved by the second decade of the last century Though militarily the United States had then created a navy comparable to the Royal Navy, her army was little than a frontier constabulary scarcely up to the task of chasing Pancho Villa out of Texas Had the war continued as expected well into 1919, she would have fielded the most powerful army in the world Leadership of western civilization had belonged to Spain in the 16th century, passed to France in the 17th century, Britain at the beginning of the 19th century Now it was American s turn, though it was a responsibility neither her politicians nor her people were ready to accept till 1945, perhaps not entirely even now, as the foreign policy of the current administration betrays.When I read the phrase, The American army s Springfield rifle was considered the best in the world, I realized tha A big thank you to G J Meyer, Bantam Books, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.The book sets the stage for a boiling pot Franz Ferdinand was a tiny spark that lit the powder that was Europe in the early twentieth century There seemed to be no way out once sides were drawn the Triple Entente Britain, France, Russia and the Central Powers Germany and Austria This war, remember, was a war to end all wars a war to the death Policy went out the window And everyone wanted the United States on his side.America s leader was Woodrow Wilson, a man who craved praise and approval He set himself on a pedestal and expected others to worship accordingly but on his own timeline From childhood he dreamed of a stately position and forged his education to fit the bill, becoming a lawyer only because it seemed to be a path to progress He butted heads with Theodore Roosevelt who found Wilson too cowardly to make momentous decisions At the start of the war in 1914 the US claimed neutrality This included its businesses JP Morgan, for example, refused a 100 million loan to France The stock market closed for four months because exports ceased But it soon became apparent that trade with the Entente would prove profitable And therein began the US biased relationship with the Allies and their supply lines It s never explicitly stated, but when Bri