1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder

1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder

by Arthur Herman PhD


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This is the story of two men, and the two decisions, that transformed world history in a single tumultuous year, 1917: Wilson’s entry into World War One and Lenin’s Bolshevik Revolution. 

In April 1917 Woodrow Wilson, champion of American democracy but also segregation; advocate for free trade and a new world order based on freedom and justice; thrust the United States into World War One in order to make the “world safe for democracy”—only to see his dreams for a liberal international system dissolve into chaos, bloodshed, and betrayal. 

That October Vladimir Lenin, communist revolutionary and advocate for class war and “dictatorship of the proletariat,” would overthrow Russia’s earlier democratic revolution that had toppled the all-power Czar, all in the name of liberating humanity—and instead would set up the most repressive totalitarian regime in history, the Soviet Union.

In this incisive, fast-paced history, New York Times bestselling author Arthur Herman brilliantly reveals how Lenin and Wilson rewrote the rules of modern geopolitics. Through the end of World War I, countries only marched into war to increase or protect their national interests.  After World War I, countries began going to war over ideas.  Together Lenin and Wilson unleashed the disruptive ideologies that would sweep the world, from nationalism and globalism to Communism and terrorism, and that continue to shape our world today. 

Our New World Disorder is the legacy left by Wilson and Lenin, and their visions of the perfectibility of man. One hundred years later, we still sit on the powder keg they first set the detonator to, through war and revolution.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062570895
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/27/2018
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 215,583
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Arthur Herman, PhD, is the author of the New York Times bestseller How the Scots Invented the Modern World, which has sold a half million copies worldwide, and Gandhi and Churchill, which was a 2009 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His six other books include To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World, which was nominated for the UK’s prestigious Mountbatten Maritime Prize; Freedom’s Forge, named by the Economist as one of the Best Books of 2012; and Douglas MacArthur: American Warrior. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters ix

Prologue: A World on Fire 1

Preface 11

1 The German Note 19

2 Russia and America Confront a World War 38

3 Tommy and Volodya 64

4 Neutrality at Bay 98

5 Break Point 116

6 President Wilson Goes to War; Lenin Goes to the Finland Station 142

7 Ruptures, Mutinies, and Convoys 162

8 Mr. Wilson's War 186

9 Summer of Discontent 211

10 American Leviathan 235

11 Russia on the Brink 259

12 Hinge of Fates 285

13 1918: War and Peace and War Again 315

14 1919: Grand Illusions 348

15 Last Act 383

Conclusion 411

Acknowledgments 431

Notes 433

Index 451

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1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book explaining the latter half of the Great War, Russian Revolution, the failed League of Nations, and the chaos that came as a result of all three. Would highly recommend.