Recommended Gift! The Zimmermann Telegram: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and America’s Entry into World War I by Thomas Boghardt

Dec 19, 2016, 12:01 AM

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Recommended Gift! The Zimmermann Telegram: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and America’s Entry into World War I by Thomas Boghardt

“A specialist in the history of espionage and covert operations during the Great War, in The Zimmermann Telegram Boghardt gives us the first new book on this event since Barbara Tuchman’s treatment over 60 years ago. In his excellent opening survey of the historiography of the subject, Boghardt notes that Tuchman and other earlier writers on the subject worked without many documents that remained classified until recently, and also wrote largely without reference at all to German sources. A valuable work for anyone interested in the diplomacy of the war or American’s participation.”–

"Overall, this is a deeply researched, clearly written, and highly analytical monograph. It certainly supersedes anything else written on the Zimmermann telegram and should be read by anyone interested in the First World War." ― Intelligence and National Security

"I give this book a high recommendation: FIVE CLOAKS, FIVE DAGGERS!” --The Washington Times

“…Impressive study…Well-researched, engagingly written, and superbly produced…a valuable and enjoyable read.” ― The Journal of Military History

“U.S. Army Center of Military History senior historian Thomas Boghardt is a thoughtful, technically astute, balanced investigator and fine author of prose…Read The Zimmermann Telegram. You won’t be disappointed.”

― Naval Historical Foundation

“Boghardt blends the scholarship of a refined historian with the narrative skills of a John Le Carré in retelling the story of the Zimmermann telegram. Summing Up: Highly recommended.”

― Choice

"…Should be the definite work on the subject…Dr. Boghardt’s work is a masterpiece of intelligence writing. By following the hard evidence rather than relying on historical assumptions, he provides an incisive case study on how intelligence can affect national affairs.”

― Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies

"This is a fresh, comprehensive study of how intelligence and counter-intelligence can be used in war, and of an incident that formed one of the markers on the way to the special relationship between Britain and the USA."

― Warships International Fleet Review

“…Fascinating book.”

― Military History, July 2013

"The detailed analysis here, drawing from documents of the time, tells us much that is new about the telegram, its decryption, and the tricks which not only brought it to light in 1917 but also kept the whole story from being told until now."

―The Commercial Dispatch, (Columbus, Mississippi)

“Replete with deft pen portraits of the main protagonists such as Kemnitz―nicely characterized by Hollweg’s secretary, Riezler, as a ‘fantastic idiot’―Boghardt has produced a highly readable, scholarly, and accomplished account. It adds particularly to our understanding of the dysfunctional nature of German policy-making.”

– The Historian

"Boghardt expertly dissects the political and military situation surrounding the decrypt ion and dissemination of the notorious Zimmermann Telegram which triggered (but was not the cause) America's entry into the Great War. Of equal importance are his brief but revealing character sketches of the principal actors in the drama: German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmermann, British naval intelligence chief, William "Blinker" Hall, Wilson confidant Colonel Edward House, and U.S. Secretary of State Robert Lansing among many other major and minor characters."

― "St. Mihiel Trip-Wire" on, December 2012

"The Zimmermann Telegram will fascinate history buffs. It is worth reading."

―Galveston Daily News, 18 Nov...