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The Guns of August : The Classic Bestselling Account of the Outbreak of the First World War - Barbara Tuchman

The Guns of August

The Classic Bestselling Account of the Outbreak of the First World War

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'War pressed against every frontier. Suddenly dismayed, governments struggled and twisted to fend it off. It was no use . . .'

Barbara Tuchman's universally acclaimed, Pulitzer prize-winning account of how the first thirty days of battle determined the course of the First World War is to this day revered as the classic account of the conflict's opening. From the precipitous plunge into war and the brutal and bloody battles of August 1914, Tuchman shows how events were propelled by a horrific logic which swept all sides up in its unstoppable momentum.

About the Author

Barbara Tuchman achieved prominence as a historian with The Zimmerman Telegram and international fame with the Pulitzer-Prize winning The Guns of August. She is also the author of The Proud Tower, Stilwell and the American Experience in China (also awarded the Pulitzer Prize), A Distant Mirror and The March of Folly. She died in 1989. The Proud Tower and The Zimmerman Telegram are published by Penguin.

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

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      Barbara Tuchman is one of my favourite authors of historic works. In all her books, the depth of research is obvious and is then translated to very readable books

       
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      Sheds light into a dark period in Europe

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      • Easy To Read
      • Informative
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        Guns of August is a informative and gripping read that presents quite clearly, and dare I say even handedly, the multiple perspectives and forces at work prior to and during the first month of the 1st World War. For me it proved a real page turner

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        Dazzling -- Max Hastings Magnificent. A masterpiece of the historian's art Guardian A brilliant achievement Sunday Telegraph Excellent Wall Street Journal A brilliant piece of military history. A writer with an impeccable sense of telling detail, Tuchman is able to evoke both the enormous pattern of tragedy and the minutiae which make it human Newsweek

        ISBN: 9780241968215
        ISBN-10: 0241968216
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 608
        Published: 23rd July 2014
        Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
        Country of Publication: GB
        Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 12.8  x 3.6
        Weight (kg): 0.46
        Edition Number: 1