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Plotting for Peace Reviews

Plotting for Peace by Daniel Larsen (University of Cambridge)

Plotting for Peace: American Peacemakers, British Codebreakers, and Britain at War, 1914-1917

Daniel Larsen (University of Cambridge)

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Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9781108486682

Daniel Larsen reveals the dramatic role of British codebreaking during the First World War - leading to a revolutionary re-interpretation of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson's diplomacy, British Prime Ministers H.H. Asquith's and David Lloyd George's war leaderships, British intelligence, and the Anglo-American economic relationship during the war.

4 stars out of 5
1 May 2021

"This excellent history sheds new light on the British government’s war weariness"

Larsen has spent years mining cabinet minutes, ministers’ diaries, intelligence archives and financial records to assemble this meticulous account of the hidden side of the First World War. It is written in snappy, thoroughly readable prose, with an uncommon wealth of insight into the tides of high finance and the minds of the central actors in the drama. The book is a memorable lesson in the sheer contingency of history and how the lives and deaths of millions can depend on the decisions of a few men.