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One of those brilliant history books looking in to a well known historical conspiracy and reading like a modern day thriller. David James Smith looks in to the events surrounding the assasination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand which then changed the course of history, as well as influencing the name of a current rock band! This is a thouroughly absorbing read, Smith has obviously intensely researched the subject and gives us a great piece of investigative detective work.
A historical account of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Using newly available sources and older material, David James Smith brilliantly reinvestigates and reconstructs the events which subsequently determined the shape of the twentieth century.
Young Gavrilo Princip arrived at the Vlajnic pastry shop in Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina on the morning of 28 June 1914. He was greeted by his fellow conspirators in the plot to kill Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The Archduke, next in line to succeed as Emperor of Austria, was beginning a state visit to Sarajevo later that morning. Ferdinand was not a very popular character - widely thought of as bad-tempered and arrogant and perhaps even deranged. To the young students he embodied everything they loathed about imperial oppression. They planned to kill him at about 11 o'clock as he paraded down Appel Quay to the town hall in his open top car.
What happened in those few hours - leading as it did to the First and Second World Wars - is as compelling as any thriller.
"David James Smith's achievement is to contextualise the conspiracy... an informed and nuanced account" Mark Thwaite, SUNDAY TIMES
"this outstanding new account of events and characters... is the most comprehensive study of the assassination yet publishing in English" James Ferguson, THE SPECTATOR
"He (David) is to be congratulated on a fine piece of political and literary detective work, which held this reader enthralled" Paul Routledge, Tribune
Publication date: 28/05/2009
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||28th May 2009|
|Author:||David James Smith|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, History,|
|Categories:||European history, First World War, Social & cultural history,|
David James Smith was born in Hemel Hempstead in 1956 and has been a journalist all his working life. He writes for the Sunday Times Magazine.More About David James Smith