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The Guns of August : The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic about the Outbreak of World War I - Barbara W Tuchman

The Guns of August

The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic about the Outbreak of World War I

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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, andThe 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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Complex reading but very informative

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  • Broad Appeal
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  • A Little Too Detailed

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THIS BOOK WAS ON OUR BOOK CLUB LIST AND AS I LOVE HISTORY I LOOKED FORWARD TO READING IT. UNFORTUNATELY THE FIRST COUPLE OF CHAPTERS WERE TEDIOUS WITH SO MUCH INFORMATION IT BECAME BORING AND I PUT IT ASIDE FOR QUITE A WHILE. THERE WERE ONE OR TWO CHAPTERS I FOUND VERY INTERESTING, BUT WHILE THE RESEARCH IS SUPERB AND THE INFORMATION VERY USEFUL, IT IS MORE A REFERENCE BOOK RATHER THAN A COMFORTABLE READ. HOWEVER, I WAS INTRIGUED WITH THE WAY THE WRITER INFORMED ME HOW MUCH GERMANY REALLY WANTED TO GO TO WAR IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY.

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A great read.

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    A classic. Recommended to anyone interested in the detail of the early days of WWI. No wonder she won the Pulitzer with this. A great read -- easy to read.

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    A brilliant account!

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        As referenced on dan carlins podcast, this is an inciteful and brilliantly written account of the first month of the First World War. More than just history for history's sake. Barbara Tuchman is one of the most talented writers I have read - thoroughly recommend the Guns of August!

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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. "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""

        ISBN: 9780345476098
        ISBN-10: 0345476093
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 640
        Published: 3rd August 2004
        Country of Publication: US
        Dimensions (cm): 17.63 x 10.97  x 2.82
        Weight (kg): 0.31