• A Duel of Giants

  • Bismarck, Napoleon III, and the Origins of the Franco-Prussian War
  • By: David Wetzel
  • Narrated by: Jim D. Johnston
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-22-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
  • 3.5 (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Combining impeccable scholarship and literary elegance, David Wetzel depicts the drama of machinations and passions that exploded in a war that forever changed the face of European history.
©2001 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"David Wetzel provides a clear narrative of the diplomatic background to the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War...Recommended as a useful introduction to a major theme in European history..." ( Times Literary Supplement)
"David Wetzel has produced a readable and praiseworthy book... a solidly researched, soundly argued account of the events leading to the outbreak of war between France and Prussia in July 1870." ( Journal of Military History)
"David Wetzel has created a fascinating story that illustrates the supreme importance of personalities in the making of politics and, more important, the making of wars." (Sir Michael Howard, Oxford University)
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By Diggidy Dog 99 on 08-05-17

Good book, Baaaaad narration

I am very interested the Franco-Prussian war and I was very excited about listening to this audio book. However, the narrator's constant whistling while he is talking drove me crazy. I had to return the book after listening for about 10 minutes. I don't know if this book was recorded in a closet somewhere or if the audio engineer is incompetent, but that audio book is terrible.

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By S. Moorcroft on 10-31-17

AJP Taylor Lives

This is history in the Alan Taylor style, big characters making key decisions, with a strong strand of Taylor revisionism, even down to Taylor's sympathetic treatment of Bismark. History as cock-up rather than conspiracy or grand strategy. Entertaing if a little frivolous at times. A good listen.

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