The Guns of August

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Ballantine, 2004 - History - 606 pages
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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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Highest compliments on the research and the writing. - Goodreads
A non-writer genius at work in this book. - Goodreads
Great intro to WWI, a subject I know little about. - Goodreads
Failure of reader more than writer here. - Goodreads
Very precise, well written and researched. - Goodreads
Deffinately thought provoking and educational. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Robert Glustrom - Goodreads

This is the classic WWI book that I so enjoyed when it came out a long time ago and I considered myself an historian. However, upon re-reading it with a stronger and deeper understanding of how the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tom D - Goodreads

I found myself wanting more detail. The author is an elegant writer and she wrote some insightful analyses of the course of the first month of WW I. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

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. Tuchman's last book before her death in February 1989.

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