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The Guns of August

Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim (Book - 1994 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Guns of August


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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmerman Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchman's classic histories of the First World War era In this landmark, Pulitzer Prize-winning account, renowned historian Barbara W. Tuchman re-creates the first month of World War I: thirty days in the summer of 1914 that determined the course of the conflict, the century, and ultimately our present world. Beginning with the funeral of Edward VII, Tuchman traces each step that led to the inevitable clash. And inevitable it was, with all sides plotting their war for a generation. Dizzyingly comprehensive and spectacularly portrayed with her famous talent for evoking the characters of the war's key players, Tuchman's magnum opus is a classic for the ages. nbsp; Praise for The Guns of August nbsp; "A brilliant piece of military history which proves up to the hilt the force of Winston Churchill's statement that the first month of World War I was 'a drama never surpassed.'" -- Newsweek nbsp; "More dramatic than fiction . . . a magnificent narrative--beautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained." -- Chicago Tribune nbsp; "A fine demonstration that with sufficient art rather specialized history can be raised to the level of literature." -- The New York Times nbsp; "[ The Guns of August ] has a vitality that transcends its narrative virtues, which are considerable, and its feel for characterizations, which is excellent." -- The Wall Street Journal
Authors: Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim
Title: The guns of August
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine,, 1994
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books ed
Characteristics: xxiv, 511 p. :,ill., maps ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Barbara W. Tuchman ; [with a new foreword by Robert K. Massie]
Notes: Originally published: New York : Macmillan, 1962. With new foreword
ISBN: 9780345386236
034538623X
Branch Call Number: 940.4 T88g 1994
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Surprised to see this book highlighted. It was written in the 60's and John Kennedy personally endorsed as a reminder how leaders actions can change the world. I will read again.

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  • 21288004246712 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

good history good historian

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