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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Corgi (Aug. 5 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552157058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552157056
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 82 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,292,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While I was doing research in the University of Washington's main library, I found one section the stacks very depressing. In it were thousands of books written about a war that is now, for all practical purposes, forgotten. The nearby section on the Second World War was well used by faculty and students, while that on the First gathered dust.

That experience eventually led me to write a book describing why the Second World War was, in many ways a sequel to the First. The issues left unresolved at the end of the First became the causes of the Second. And for my source, I chose the writings of G. K. Chesterton, one of the few to see the connection at the time and warn that, if those issues were not resolved, "Wars more and more horrible" would follow. In 1932, just before Hitler took power in Germany, Chesterton went one step further, warning that the next war would begin over a border dispute between Germany and Poland, precisely what happened in 1939.

At that time, the First World War was called the Great War. By great, they didn't mean wonderful. Great referred to its enormous size, scope and the sheer number of those who died in its trenches. This book isn't about the trenches. It's about an almost forgotten portion of a war that's itself rapidly being forgotten.

Knowing that a British blockade would block German access to the open seas, Kaiser's Germany adopted a bold tactic. In addition to submarines, which in that day had a limited range, they prepared a few merchant raiders that could range at will over the Seven Seas, hopefully sowing confusion in the minds of their foes and diverting warships to hunting down the raiders. This raiders were well-adapted to their times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Raider July 19 2013
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Very interesting historical account of an incredible sea voyage lasting 14 months which at the time, considering the circumstances of WW 1 has anyone wondering how the ship didn't fail in its mission.
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting read that opened up many unknown aspects. March 5 2014
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As an Australian who just remembers the end or World War 2 and who has German ancestors, I was fascinated by the revelations contained in "The Wolf". The Japanese as an ally with its navy responsible for the defence of Australian shores! The rumours and the political bias which made life so difficult for German families who had lived in Australia longer than most of their British compatriots! The civilised treatment of the hundreds of prisoners imprisoned on the German boat - especially the respect of fellow officers! It is an amazing story which is very well told.
I have since checked how widespread the anti-German press campaign was. It seems to have carried over to many of the regional newspapers and journals but was not taken up by some of the leading capital city dailies such as the Adelaide Advertiser.

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