The Guns of August

The Guns of August

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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.
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Praise for 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
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"More dramatic than fiction . . . a magnificent narrative--beautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained." -- Chicago Tribune
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"A fine demonstration that with sufficient art rather specialized history can be raised to the level of literature." -- The New York Times
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"[ 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
Publisher: New York : Ballantine, 1994
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books ed
ISBN: 9780345386236
034538623X
Branch Call Number: 940 .4144 TUC
Characteristics: xxiv, 511 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps, ports ;,21 cm

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Janice21383
Dec 12, 2016

The popular history classic about the origins of the First World War. Not a favourite of German apologists, perhaps -- the Germany of WW II did not come out of nowhere, and its genesis was long before the 20th Century, let alone the Treaty of Versailles -- but there is blame enough to share around to all participants, believe me. Ms. Tuchman's prose floats like a dove, and stings like a serpent.

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ksarnold
Sep 17, 2014

I read "Guns of August" several years ago. It provides a thorough explanation of the events that led up to it and then what transpired during the first month of World War I. I would have liked to have read Tuchman's "take" on the entire war.

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20500001054712
Jun 23, 2013

Surprised to see this book highlighted. It was written in the 60's and John Kennedy personally endorsed as a reminder how leaders actions can change the world. I will read again.

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Oct 20, 2008

good history good historian

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