• Blood and Iron

  • The Rise and Fall of the German Empire; 1871-1918
  • By: Katja Hoyer
  • Narrated by: Natasha Soudek
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)
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This vivid 50-year history of Germany from 1871-1918 - which inspired events that forever changed the European continent - is the story of the Second Reich from its violent beginnings and rise to power to its calamitous defeat in the First World War.

Before 1871, Germany was not yet a nation but simply an idea.

Its founder, Otto von Bismarck, had a formidable task at hand. How would he bring 39 individual states under the yoke of a single Kaiser? How would he convince proud Prussians, Bavarians, and Rhinelanders to become Germans? Once united, could the young European nation wield enough power to rival the empires of Britain and France - all without destroying itself in the process?

In this unique study of five decades that changed the course of modern history, Katja Hoyer tells the story of German Empire’s beginning to its defeat in World War I.

This often startling narrative is a dramatic tale of national self-discovery, social upheaval, and realpolitik that ended, as it started, in blood and iron.

©2021 Katja Hoyer (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Essential reading for WWI buffs

Crucial background for the Great War and its causes. If you want to understand the Germany that went to war in 1914, you need to read this book.

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Page turner. Gorgeous narration. Incredible voice.

It’s rare that a narrator’s voice will hold me captive in non-fiction. It’s also rare that a historical non-fiction can be written as a page turner. For me, this audiobook achieved both. I’ve always wanted to learn about this period in German history, and this audiobook kept me spellbound. I found the narrator’s voice incredibly satisfying to listen to. Her warmth, power, empathy, and charisma made it the opposite of the typically drone monosyllabic ness typical in these kinds of books. And it was refreshing that she was obviously a native German speaker, despite having no German accent when speaking English. I hate it when non-native speakers narrate German, and the opposite was true here. This woman’s German is gorgeous, and I loved this book.

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Very informative without being bogged down

Amazing read , couldn’t stop listening. From start to finish it tells a history surrounded by war without bogging down with the day by day of the war. Learn about the motivations , political blunders, and absolute out of control tailspin of circumstances that both made and dismantled an empire.

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loved it!

read this book in three days, extremely fascinating. If you want a concise history of the German Empire from 1871-1918, get this book!

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Well written book

I am interested in history and listened to this book to learn more about what led to WWI.

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An Intersection History

Full of good information. Clear and organized reading of the book. Pleasant voice. You will enjoy this book.

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Succinct, Informative, and Enjoyable

While I’ve read a few histories of the immediate pre-WWI period, this is the first I have read focusing on Germany. I found myself learning about new events and dispelling some myths throughout, and it felt like the book gave a fresh treatment to periods and subject figures. While the book adequately covers the main cast like Bismarck and the Kaisers, it also sheds light on some of the other chancellors and most importantly on events pertaining to the German people of the time. I am already looking forward to Ms. Hoyer’s next book.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book, and I give credit to the narrator, Natasha Soudek, special credit for her performance and correct pronunciation.