This book is a very good complement to Barbara W. Tuchman's The Guns of August.
While Tuchman deals with the month of August pretty well in military and political aspects, she is quite vague regarding the real cause of WW I in her book.
This book, instead, went through the political, strategical, diplomatic development (or blunders) of Germany Empire between 1870 and 1914. German Empire found itself becoming less and less popular to its European neighbors. Instead of improving the relationships, it made lots of blunders and end up becoming the archenemy of the major European countires. Its leaders spent a whole generation to shape the fate they had to face bitterly in 1914. Very eye-opening accounts....Continua