1917: Lenin, Wilson, And The Birth Of The New World Disorder
- Best of 2017, Russian History, The 20th Century – The Present
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Twin pillars of a watershed year
In April 1917 Woodrow Wilson thrust the United States into World War I to make the "world safe for democracy"-only to see his dreams for a liberal international system dissolve into chaos and bloodshed. That October, Vladimir Lenin overthrew the revolution that had toppled the Czar in the name of liberating humanity-and instead established history's most repressive regime. 1917 recounts the story of the two men whose decisions transformed world history in a single tumultuous year.
Arthur Herman reveals how Wilson and Lenin saw in the other evils they sought to eradicate-and in doing so, unleashed disruptive ideologies that would sweep the world. One hundred years later, we still sit on the powder keg to which they first set the detonator.
"‘The wars of peoples,' predicted Winston Churchill in 1901, ‘will be more terrible than those of kings.' Arthur Herman has brilliantly identified the moment that that prediction came true, only sixteen years later. In his gripping account of the pivotal year 1917-as seen through the world-changing decisions of its two crucial protagonists VI Lenin and Woodrow Wilson-Herman shows how Total War descended on Mankind, how ideology trumped the old European kingly concepts of Realpolitik, and how competing beliefs about dictatorship and democracy would lead to an even bloodier conflict only two decades later."-Professor Andrew Roberts, author of The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War
"Woodrow Wilson, the liberal idealist, and Vladimir Lenin, the illiberal totalitarian, hand-in-glove unwound the old nineteenth-century order and redefined war as an existential and global struggle over ideas-with disastrous twentieth-century results. In yet another well-written and fascinating dual biography, the prolific and insightful historian Arthur Herman shows how Wilson's naive good intentions and Lenin's deliberate ruthlessness nonetheless had the same pernicious effect of using the state to defy human nature. A fascinating and entirely original explanation of the American and Russian origins of the modern world."-Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
"Arthur Herman writes with the artistic gifts of a novelist, and 1917 breaks new ground, plowing up the seminal event of the twentieth century, World War I. In his unique telling of this tale, the spotlight of interpretation falls on Vladimir Lenin and Woodrow Wilson, the former a Russian ideologue of violent Bolshevik revolution, the latter an American academic ideologue of peaceful ‘progressive' revolution. As the author makes clear, both millenarian politicians are determined to rule their revolutions, and to bend the existing social order to their abstract, even utopian, ideals."-Lewis Lehrman, author of Churchill, Roosevelt, & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft
About the Author
Arthur Herman is Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. He is the author of How the Scots Invented the Modern World, which has sold more than half a million copies worldwide, and Gandhi & Churchill, the 2009 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction.
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|Release Date:||November 28, 2017|