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Author: Arthur Herman Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2017 ISBN: 9780062791467
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This is the story of two men, and the two decisions, that transformed world history in a single tumultuous year, 1917: Wilson’s entry into World War One and Lenin’s Bolshevik Revolution.

In April 1917 Woodrow Wilson, champion of American democracy but also segregation; advocate for free trade and a new world order based on freedom and justice; thrust the United States into World War One in order to make the “world safe for democracy”—only to see his dreams for a liberal international system dissolve into chaos, bloodshed, and betrayal.

That October Vladimir Lenin, communist revolutionary and advocate for class war and “dictatorship of the proletariat,” would overthrow Russia’s earlier democratic revolution that had toppled the all-power Czar, all in the name of liberating humanity—and instead would set up the most repressive totalitarian regime in history, the Soviet Union.

In this incisive, fast-paced history, New York Times bestselling author Arthur Herman brilliantly reveals how Lenin and Wilson rewrote the rules of modern geopolitics. Through the end of World War I, countries only marched into war to increase or protect their national interests.  After World War I, countries began going to war over ideas.  Together Lenin and Wilson unleashed the disruptive ideologies that would sweep the world, from nationalism and globalism to Communism and terrorism, and that continue to shape our world today.

Our New World Disorder is the legacy left by Wilson and Lenin, and their visions of the perfectibility of man. One hundred years later, we still sit on the powder keg they first set the detonator to, through war and revolution.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] well-written and fascinating dual biography…A fascinating and entirely original explanation of the American and Russian origins of the modern world.”

    Victor Davis Hanson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Deeply researched and engagingly written, this is a gripping account of great battles won and lost, of a triumphant war followed by a failed peace, and of clashing ideologies that shaped a century.”

    Robert Kagan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A dazzling achievement. Herman combines impressive research with crisp, lucid writing to examine the most momentous year in modern history and the two men at the center of it all. His approach is original and enlightening, and his analyses are compelling.”

    Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief, Forbes Media

  • “The pairing of these two diametrically opposed figures into one biography makes this illuminating read for anybody interested in World War I, the new political order it spawned, and the failures that led to the rise of Nazism and the horrors of World War II.”

    Library Journal

  • “The author of Gandhi & Churchill returns here to the dual-biography approach, jumping from location to location and, in its early stages, from time to time, which adds to the account’s drama and suspense…Provide[s] a new way of seeing the period.”


  • “Readable, engaging…Mixing both real events and a few moments of speculation, a fine account of a climacteric year.

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Arthur Herman, is the author of How the Scots Invented the Modern World, which has sold more than half a million copies worldwide. His book, Gandhi & Churchill, was the 2009 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction. Herman has been a professor of history at Georgetown University, Catholic University, George Mason University, and the University of the South and is currently Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC.

About the Narrator

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.