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Thunder at Twilight: Vienna 1913/1914 (1989)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0306810212, Paperback)
Thunder at Twilight is a landmark of historical vision, drawing on hitherto untapped sources to illuminate two crucial years in the life of the extraordinary city of Vienna—and in the life of the twentieth century. It was during the carnival of 1913 that a young Stalin arrived on a mission that would launch him into the upper echelon of Russian revolutionaries, and it was here that he first collided with Trotsky. It was in Vienna that the failed artist Adolf Hitler kept daubing watercolors and spouting tirades at fellow drifters in a flophouse. Here Archduke Franz Ferdinand had a troubled audience with Emperor Franz Joseph—and soon the bullet that killed the archduke would set off the Great War that would kill ten million more. With luminous prose that has twice made him a finalist for the National Book Award, Frederic Morton evokes the opulent, elegant, incomparable sunset metropolis—Vienna on the brink of cataclysm.
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What do Stalin, Trotsky, Hitler, Tito, Freud, the Emperor Franz Joseph and the Archduke Franz Ferdinand have in common? They were all in Vienna during the carnival of 1913, living within a square mile of each other. Here, in this laboratory of cultural, social and political experiment, some of the key figures of the twentieth century met and collided Stalin on a mission for the revolution, Trotsky publishing the first edition of Pravda - and establishing a feud with Lenin in nearby Hapsburg, Hitler, still just a failed artist, spouting tirades at fellow drifters in the flophouse, Tito, a car mechanic, taking dancing and fencing lessons; and Freud, completing an essay he would use in his duel with Jung. He called it 'Totem and Taboo', and it dealt with the myth - ancient and prophetic - of the slaying of a prince by the crowd. As, just twenty months later, the bullet that killed the Archduke would set off the war that killed ten million people across Europe. Frederic Morton brilliantly explores the conscience and seedbed of disaster, in a perspective that includes a mercurial Churchill, the posturings of Kaiser Wilhelm and the waverings of Tsar Nicholas. But above all, he evokes Vienna with the eye of a master novelist - the elegant, opulent, divided, incomparable sunset metropolis: the volcano of the twentieth-century Zeitgeist. History Of Specific Subjects.
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