Naval War College Review


Thomas E. Seal


If ever there was a story of epic unin- tended consequences and “might have beens,” Sean McMeekin’s The Berlin– Baghdad Express is it. Approaching the First World War in the Middle East from the German and Ottoman per- spectives, McMeekin expands our Anglo-centric understanding of the conflict. In doing so, he unveils a breathtaking catalogue of misunder- standings, miscalculations, simple mis- takes, and missed opportunities that would be comic if not so horribly tragic.