This week, we feature a vivid history of the world just before the Great War and an insightful commentary from a North Korean defector on the United States today.
‘1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War’
By Charles Emmerson
No one today has a direct, adult memory of 1913, yet it was a pivotal year. Much of today’s world was in place. Telephones, radio, airplanes, and automobiles already existed. It was the last year of a century of relative peace, as 1914 opened a century of worldwide conflict. “1913” conducts a world tour of that time. Each chapter examines the geography, history, and culture of a featured city, along with its role in the greater world of the time. This is a fascinating and revealing book….