Photo: The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, June 1914
Archduke Ferdinand and his wife on an official visit to Sarajevo in June 1914, shortly before their assassination by Gavrilo Princip.

I write you under the black cloud of portentous events on this side of the world, horrible, unspeakable, iniquitous things—I mean horrors of war criminally, infamously precipitated.
—Henry James, August 6, 1914

Who started the Great War in 1914? David Fromkin’s excellent new book wants to put the question to rest. This work, from the author of the bestselling A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of...


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