The Guns of August

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Ballantine, 2004 - History - 606 pages
630 Reviews
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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Excellent research, wonderful 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
A quick pace tends to accentuate the experience. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Mark Mortensen - Goodreads

In the 19th Century Henry David Thoreau eloquently stated: “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life ... Read full review

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User Review  - John P. Davidson - Goodreads

Too bad I can't give this six stars. Tuchman's book about how World War I started, all of the countries, the players, that caused it, is outstanding. She is the best writer of history I've ever read, and I highly recommend this. Read full review

About the author (2004)

Barbara W. Tuchman (1912-1989) achieved prominence as a historian with The Zimmermann Telegram and international fame with The Guns of August--a huge bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Her other works include Bible and Sword, The Proud Tower, Stilwell and the American Experience in China (for which Tuchman was awarded a second Pulitzer Prize), Notes from China, A Distant Mirror, Practicing History, The March of Folly, and The First Salute.


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