Analysis Of Michael S. Neiberg's The Path To War

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Michael S. Neiberg wrote The Path To War: How The First World War Created Modern America in 2016. This book was an oral history text written to inform readers of the multiple events that led to World War I. This book takes a deeper look into the social viewpoints and the economic status of America at the beginning of the war. Throughout the book, Neiberg also presents similarities between World War I and modern America, and the lasting effect World War I had on our country. I enjoyed reading this book because it allowed me to view World War I, all that went into the start, and the lasting affects from a different perspective.
Neiberg starts the book by talking about the “Two Germany’s” and their significance throughout the first World War. Eastern Germany was home to the Soviets and Western Germany was home to the Allies. During this period, Americans were also splitting into two sides when it came to America 's involvement in foreign affairs. Some believed America was not stable enough to take part in a world war. Others believed America 's involvement would demonstrate power and shape
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In The Path To War Neiberg used many quotes to back up his statements. This helped because I was able to see evidence supporting Neibergs claims. It was also sometimes a distraction because some of the quotes interrupted the text making it hard to follow. The book had a good structure and each chapter stayed on a specific topic with great transitions in between chapters. However, I believed the text could have been rearranged and put in order. The chapters talked about one specific topic that would happen and then in the next chapter he would go back to a time that was in the past compared to what I had just read about. Neiberg does start the book with a personal story that warms the reader up and allows them to get into the book before hitting us with an overabundance of historical

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