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Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman has brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, The Guns of August will not be forgotten.

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"More dramtatic than fiction...The Guns of August is a magnificent narrative – beautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained....The product of painstaking and sophisticated research." The Chicago Tribune

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"Fascinating...one of the finest works of history written...a splendid and glittering performance." The New York Times

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"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.' A writer with an impeccable sense of telling detail, Ms. Tuchman is able to evoke both the enormous pattern of the tragedy and the minutiae which make it human." Newsweek

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"An epic never flagging in suspense....It seemed hardly possible that anything new of significance could be said about the prelude to and the first month of World War I. But this is exactly what Ms. Tuchman has succeeded in doing....Where she has improved upon her predecessors is in illuminating, practically inch by inch, the roads by which the fateful decisions were reached in Berlin, Paris, St. Petersburg, and London and by transforming the drama's protagonists as well as its immense supporting cast from half-legendary and half-shadowy figures into full-dimensional, believable persons." The Christian Science Monitor

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"In provoking musing thoughts Ms. Tuchman has no contemporary equal. Her book, thus, has a vitality that transcends its narrative virtes, which are considerable, and its feel for characterizations, which is excellent." The Wall Street Journal

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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.

 

Praise for The Guns of August

 

“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

 

“More dramatic than fiction . . . a magnificent narrative—beautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained.”Chicago Tribune

 

“A fine demonstration that with sufficient art rather specialized history can be raised to the level of literature.”The New York Times

 

“[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

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"More dramtatic than fiction...THE GUNS OF AUGUST is a magnificent narrative--beautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained....The product of painstaking and sophisticated research."

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman has brought to life again the people and events that led up to Worl War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, THE GUNS OF AUGUST will not be forgotten.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 441-455) and index.

About the Author

Barbara W. Tuchman achieved prominence as a historian with The Zimmermann Telegram and international fame with The Guns of August, which won the Pulitzer Prize. There followed five more books: The Proud Tower, Stilwell and the American Experience in China (also awarded the Pulitzer Prize), A Distant Mirror, Practicing History, and The March of Folly. The First Salute was Mrs. Tuchmans last book before her death in February 1989.

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Tuchman is detail oriented and thorough which can make it hard to get through some of her books. My favorite of hers is The March of Folly. It's readable and thought provoking, as well as being especially applicable to contemporary America.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345386236
Preface:
Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim
Foreword:
Massie, Robert K.
Preface by:
Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim
Preface:
Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim
Author:
Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim
Author:
Tuchman, Barbara W.
Author:
Massie, Robert K.
Publisher:
Random House Trade Paperbacks
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Campaigns
Subject:
Military - World War I
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- Western Front.
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books
Series Volume:
no. 3612
Publication Date:
19940331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-PP PHOTO INSERT; 9 MAPS
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
8.24 x 5.47 x 0.94 in 1 lb

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Product details 608 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345386236 Reviews:
"Review" by , "More dramtatic than fiction...The Guns of August is a magnificent narrative – beautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained....The product of painstaking and sophisticated research."
"Review" by , "Fascinating...one of the finest works of history written...a splendid and glittering performance."
"Review" by , "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.' A writer with an impeccable sense of telling detail, Ms. Tuchman is able to evoke both the enormous pattern of the tragedy and the minutiae which make it human."
"Review" by , "An epic never flagging in suspense....It seemed hardly possible that anything new of significance could be said about the prelude to and the first month of World War I. But this is exactly what Ms. Tuchman has succeeded in doing....Where she has improved upon her predecessors is in illuminating, practically inch by inch, the roads by which the fateful decisions were reached in Berlin, Paris, St. Petersburg, and London and by transforming the drama's protagonists as well as its immense supporting cast from half-legendary and half-shadowy figures into full-dimensional, believable persons."
"Review" by , "In provoking musing thoughts Ms. Tuchman has no contemporary equal. Her book, thus, has a vitality that transcends its narrative virtes, which are considerable, and its feel for characterizations, which is excellent."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

 

Praise for The Guns of August

 

“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

 

“More dramatic than fiction . . . a magnificent narrative—beautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained.”Chicago Tribune

 

“A fine demonstration that with sufficient art rather specialized history can be raised to the level of literature.”The New York Times

 

“[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

"Synopsis" by , "More dramtatic than fiction...THE GUNS OF AUGUST is a magnificent narrative--beautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained....The product of painstaking and sophisticated research."

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman has brought to life again the people and events that led up to Worl War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, THE GUNS OF AUGUST will not be forgotten.

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