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Author: James W. Gerard
ISBN13: 978-1406870657
Title: My Four Years in Germany
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Publisher: Echo Library (April 11, 2008)
Pages: 184

My Four Years in Germany by James W. Gerard

Late ambassador to the german imperial court. The nine million men, and more, for at least four hundred thousand come of military age in Germany every year, because of their experience in two and a half years of war are better and more efficient soldiers than at the time when they were called to the colours. Their officers know far more of the science of this war and the men themselves now have the skill and bearing of veterans. Nor should anyone believe that Germany will break under starvation or make peace because of revolution. The German nation is not one which makes revolutions.

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You can also read the full text online using our ereader. Contains letters, important documents, and imperial cablegrams which had not been disclosed outside of these memoirs, and explains numerous things that have puzzled many Americans. coachmen, outriders in white wigs and standing footmen holding on to the back part of the coach

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My Four Years in Germany is a 1918 American silent war drama film that is notable as being the first film produced by the four Warner Brothers, Harry, Sam, Albert, and Jack. It was directed by seasoned William Nigh, later a director at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and was based on the experiences of real life U. S. Ambassador to Germany James W. Gerard as described in his book. The film was produced while World War I was still raging and is sometimes considered a propaganda film.

Topics World War, 1914-1918 - Germany, United States - Foreign relations Germany, Germany - Foreign relations United States. Publisher New York : Grossert & Dunlap. Collection cdl; americana. Digitizing sponsor MSN. Contributor University of California Libraries.

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series World War Classics Presents. At the outbreak of World War I in 1914, Gerard assumed the care of British interests in Germany, later visiting the camps where British prisoners were confined and doing much to alleviate their condition. His responsibilities were further increased by the fact that German interests in France, Great Britain, and Russia were placed in the care of the United States embassies in those countries, the United States embassy in Berlin thus becoming a sort of clearing house.

The Imperator is a marvellous ship of fifty-four thousand tons or more, and at times it is hard to believe that one is on the sea. In addition to the regular dining saloon, there is a grill room and Ritz restaurant with its palm garden, and, of course, an Hungarian Band. There are also a gymnasium and swimming pool, and, nightly, in the enormous ballroom dances are given, the women dressing in their best just as they do on shore  . Descarga el libro My Four Years In Germany gratis.

The second day out on the Imperator headed for a summer's vacation a loud knocking woke me at seven A. M. The radio handed in from a friend in New York told me of my appointment as Ambassador to Germany.
Reviews: 7
James W. Gerard was a former New York Supreme Court justice appointed U.S. Ambassador to Germany in October, 1913, which position he held until U.S. diplomatic relations were broken off in February, 1917. His wife was the daughter of the copper magnate that was head of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company.

Gerard’s work increased enormously when the war started in August, 1914, because the American embassy then took over the interests of Britain, France and other nations that had broken diplomatic relations with Germany. A great deal of his work was dealing with the welfare of prisoners of war held in Germany, plus business interests of combatant nations.

The author doesn’t deal with the military aspects of the War, at all, excepting the enormous diplomatic effect of Germany’s submarine warfare.

Gerard met regularly with the highest men in the German political leadership, and had several long private conversations with the Kaiser.

Of great value, to me, at least, are Gerard’s capsule histories of of Germany’s social and military conditions in the decades leading up to World War I.

The book has numerous small but excellent photos, including facsimile photos of social and diplomatic communications, and the Emperor’s 6-page hand-written telegram to U.S. President Wilson (written in English, by the way).

I bought the 1917 hardback and, although it wasn’t in perfect condition, I would be reluctant to buy a paperback reprint because product descriptions don’t state that the photos are also reproduced. I had to learn the hard way about poor quality print-on-demand books and therefore only buy reprints from reputable publishers, like Penguin.

The original 1917 hardback is dark green in color, with large gold lettering on the front cover and spine. The book was bought from Motor_City_Books for $0.01 plus $3.99 shipping. Delivery was quick.
First, it's a great book which covers this period of 1913 to 1917, when the writer...the US Ambassador was there on the scene. It gives you the inside view of how Prussian military-style leadership.....the Junkers....and the aristocratic nature of Germany....ran the German government. Few sit down and read over the 1800s period, the wars with Denmark, France and the Habsburgs.....and come to grasp the difference nature of Germany compared to what came in the 1920s, 1930s, and later in the 1950s (the Federal Republic of Germany).

Some people want to think of Germany today.....as the right visionary vehicle understand German culture and society. Sadly, Gerard's book really does put down the different issues that existed, and how a regular German had no real say in his government, his life, or his successes. Everything depended on the Kaiser, and the Prussian-style military.

For the essential historian of the period....a must-read. It would have been interesting to have Gerard return in the 1930s and note the changes that came....and how things just fell apart.
Forget everything you thought you knew about WW1. This is our ambassador's first-hand account of the events leading up to that war, lots of pictures and memorabilia in this volume. HIGHLY recommend it for anyone interested in that era!.
I found this book to be an extremely informative period piece covering a very important time in European and American history. It is the memoirs of the American ambassador to Germany before and during WWI. The description of court life, the political scene and the lives of normal people during the last years of royalty rule in Europe is exceptional. Additionally because of his position as the main negotiator between President Wilson and the Kaiser's goverment the book allows us to see the reactions and counterreactions to events like the sinking of the Luisitania. The author's background as a former justice of the New York Supreme Court provides great insight into the grand international debate on the legality of unconditional submarine warfare that Germany introduced during the war.
The true root cause of WWI is still a subject to debate. The author's view is the need of the Kaiser and the ruling Junker aristocracy needed the war. The Kaiser to capture the glory his father garnered in the wars of 1870's and the Junkers to maintain control of the populous against trade unions and socialism.
The actions of Americans living in Germany before America's entry into the conflict and the reaction of the US Goverment are also interesting. If an American criticized our goverment publicly in Germany he would revoke their passport.On the theory that if you don't agree with the goverment you should not have her protection. I wonder what he would have done to Jane Fonda when she posed on antiaircraft guns in North Vietnam!
The author covers various topics chapter by chapter and because of the inconnection of events there is some repetition but he acknowledges this and points the reader to the other siginificant chapter.
In all an excellent work!
Gives an excellent view of what was going in Germany during his tenure as ambassador 1913 -- 1917 -- useful for those studying cause of U.S. entry into WW One
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The book was good and you cant beat the free price tag ... ha ha so I recommend it to readers of nonfiction