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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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In 1917, Arthur Herman examines one crucial year and the two figures at its center who would set the course of modern world history: Woodrow Wilson and Vladimir Lenin. Though they were men of very different backgrounds and experiences, Herman reveals how Wilson and Lenin were very much alike. Both rose to supreme power, one through a democratic election; the other through violent revolution. Both transformed their countries by the policies they implemented, and the crucial decisions they made. Woodrow Wilson, a champion of democracy, capitalism, and the international order, steered America’s involvement in World War I. Lenin, a communist revolutionary and advocate for the proletariat, lead the Bolsheviks’ overthrow of Russia’s earlier democratic revolution that toppled the Czar, and the establishment of a totalitarian Soviet Union. Men of opposing ideals and actions, each was idolized by millions—and vilified and feared by millions more. Though they would never meet, these two world leaders came to see in the other the evils of the world each sought to eradicate. In so doing, both would unleash the forces that still dominate our world, and that continue to shape its future from nationalism and communism to today’s maps of the Middle East, Asia, and Eastern Europe. In this incisive, fast-paced history, Herman brilliantly explores the birth of a potent rivalry between two men who rewrote the rules of geopolitics—and the moment, one hundred years ago, when our contemporary world began.

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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.