Will History Always Repeat Itself?

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New book poses question, addressing issues of today through look at Great War.

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Many of the questions facing America today have been faced in the past by other civilizations and nations.

The popular question of history’s inevitable repetition is the underlying theme in a new book, highlighting the oft-overlooked World War I.

In An American in Vienna, author Chip Wagar brings readers the story of Andy Bishop, who leaves Ohio in 1914 to connect with distant Austrian relatives. He soon witnesses the last stand of imperial Austrian society, and as subsequent events spark a fateful slide toward chaos, the book presents both a romantic, coming-of-age love story and historical insight into the Austrian court, royal society and the demise of a powerful empire as it becomes embroiled in the Great War.

“Books about World War II and the Cold War espionage are plentiful, but World War I is not,” says Wagar. “Yet the Great War that began the 20th century was without question the cause and origin of all that followed. It set the course for modern European and world history.”

Wagar is familiar with the history, culture and politics of Vienna, and his education and experiences serve as background for the book. Touching on the relevant issues of terrorism and the consequences of war on a personal level, An American in Vienna aims to address the fact that the course of history is not always upward and for the better.

“Many of the questions facing America today have been faced in the past by other civilizations and nations,” says Wagar. “Andy Bishop witnesses the response of a nation to young fanatics bent on destroying the country and its way of life.”

For more information, visit http://www.anamericaninvienna.com.

About the author
Chip Wagar studied central European history and politics at the Austro-American Institute in Vienna and has traveled extensively in central Europe. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University and a law degree from Tulane University. For the past 30 years he has been a practicing attorney in New Orleans, where he lives with his two children.

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