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Face to Face with Kaiserism   By: (1867-1951)

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In "Face to Face with Kaiserism" by James W. Gerard, readers are given a captivating firsthand account of life in Germany during World War I. Gerard's memoir provides a unique perspective, shedding light on the events and political climate that shaped the nation and ultimately led to the rise of Kaiserism.

One of the notable aspects of this book is the author's ability to vividly describe his personal encounters and interactions with prominent figures of the time. Gerard, who served as the United States Ambassador to Germany, skillfully recounts his conversations with Kaiser Wilhelm II himself, as well as other influential individuals involved in the war effort.

Through Gerard's words, readers gain a deeper understanding of the Kaiser's personality and motivations, as well as the prevailing ideologies that spurred Germany's aggression. The author doesn't shy away from presenting a critical view of Kaiserism, highlighting its nationalist fervor and the detrimental impact it had on the German people.

The narrative also delves into the complex diplomatic efforts that took place during this pivotal era. Gerard's accounts of high-level meetings and negotiations provide valuable insights into the delicate balance of power and intricate alliances formed during the war. This exposé serves as a valuable historical record, shedding new light on the intricate web of international relations during this turbulent period.

One of the strengths of "Face to Face with Kaiserism" lies in the author's engaging writing style. Gerard writes with a clarity that makes the political and diplomatic intricacies accessible to readers from all backgrounds. His narrative often contains personal anecdotes and observations, which add depth and humanize the historical events he describes.

However, one critique would be the occasional repetition of certain details or conversations. While this may have been a deliberate choice to emphasize their significance, it may, at times, hinder the overall flow of the narrative.

Overall, "Face to Face with Kaiserism" is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in World War I and the events leading up to it. James W. Gerard's authoritative account, peppered with personal insights and observations, creates a compelling read that offers a fresh perspective on the rise and fall of Kaiserism. Whether you are a history enthusiast or simply seeking a captivating memoir, Gerard's book is worth delving into.

First Page:

FACE TO FACE WITH KAISERISM

by

JAMES W. GERARD

Late Ambassador to the German Imperial Court, Author of "My Four Years in Germany"

[Illustration]

New York George H. Doran Company Copyright, 1918, by George H. Doran Company Copyright, 1918, by The Public Ledger Company Copyright, Canada, 1918, by The Public Ledger Company

Printed in the United States of America

TO

COLONEL EDWARD M. HOUSE

STATESMAN AND FRIEND

THE AUTHOR

DEDICATES THIS BOOK

[Illustration]

[Illustration: PAPER MONEY USED IN PRISON CAMPS]

[Illustration: FACSIMILE OF A PRISON CAMP MONEY CERTIFICATE ISSUED AT THE PRISON CAMP OF NEUHAMMER]

[Illustration: PAPER MONEY ISSUED AGAINST PROPERTY IN GERMANY. REALLY A "GREENBACK" OR ALMOST FIAT MONEY]

[Illustration: POSTAGE STAMPS ISSUED AT RUHLEBEN PRISON CAMP. USED BY PRISONERS WRITING TO EACH OTHER IN THE CAMP.]

[Illustration: FACSIMILE REPRODUCTION OF THE KAISER'S VISITING CARD]

[Illustration: THE VISITING CARD OF THE CROWN PRINCE, REPRODUCED IN FACSIMILE]

[Illustration: THE KAISER AND VON TREUTLER TAKEN IN THE NORWEGIAN TOWN OF ODDE IN 1910]

INTRODUCTORY NOTE

In some measure this book is a continuation of MY FOUR YEARS IN GERMANY, the narrative here being carried up to the time of my return home, with some observations on the situation I have found in the United States... Continue reading book >>




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