Crucible: The Long End of the Great War and the Birth of A New World, 1917-1924

Crucible: The Long End of the Great War and the Birth of A New World, 1917-1924

Book - 2019
Rate this:
A bold, revisionist account of World War I's lingering end, the bloody years that followed, and the Western world's reeling transformation.

In Petrograd a fire is lit. The Tsar is packed off to the Urals. A rancorous Russian exile crosses war-torn Europe to make his triumphal entry into the capital. A former German army fieldrunner trained to give rousing speeches against the Bolshevik peril begins to rail against the Jews. In Paris an American reporter in search of himself writes ever shorter sentences.

Lenin and Hitler, Albert Einstein and Ernest Hemingway, Sigmund Freud and André Breton, Rosa Luxemburg and Mustafa Kemal--these are some of the protagonists in this dramatic panorama of a world in turmoil.

Emperors, kings and generals depart furtively on midnight trains and submarines. Women are given the vote. Artistic experiments flourish. The real becomes sur-real. Marching tunes are syncopated into jazz. Civilization is loosed from its pre-war moorings. People search for meaning in the wreckage. Fresh conflicts and upheavals erupt. It takes six years for Europe to find uneasy peace.

Encompassing both tragedy and humor, the celebrated author of 1913 brings to Crucible the same immediacy and intimacy to this moment of deep historical transformation whose consequences echo down to today.
Publisher: PublicAffairs, 2019
Edition: ON ORDER
ISBN: 9781610397827


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further



Find it at WPL

To Top