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Practicing History: Selected Essays

by Barbara W. Tuchman

Random House Publishing Group | August 12, 1982 | Trade Paperback

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Celebrated for bringing a personal touch to history in her Pulitzer Prize-winning epic The Guns of August and other classic books, Barbara W. Tuchman reflects on world events and the historian's craft in these perceptive, essential essays.
 
From thoughtful pieces on the historian's role to striking insights into America's past and present to trenchant observations on the international scene, Barbara W. Tuchman looks at history in a unique way and draws lessons from what she sees. Spanning more than four decades of writing in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Harper's, The Nation, and The Saturday Evening Post, Tuchman weighs in on a range of eclectic topics, from Israel and Mao Tse-tung to a Freudian reading of Woodrow Wilson. This is a splendid body of work, the story of a lifetime spent "practicing history."
 
Praise for Practicing History
 
"Persuades and enthralls . . . I can think of no better primer for the nonexpert who wishes to learn history."-Chicago Sun-Times
 
"Provocative, consistent, and beautifully readable, an event not to be missed by history buffs."-Baltimore Sun
 
"A delight to read."-The New York Times Book Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.22 × 2.17 × 0.3 in

Published: August 12, 1982

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345303636

ISBN - 13: 9780345303639

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Practicing History: Selected Essays

by Barbara W. Tuchman

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.22 × 2.17 × 0.3 in

Published: August 12, 1982

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345303636

ISBN - 13: 9780345303639

About the Book

From thoughtful pieces on the historian's role to striking insights into America's past and present to trenchant observations on the international scene, Barbara W. Tuchman looks at history in a unique way and draws lessons from what she sees. Here is a splendid body of work, the story of a lifetime spent " practicing history."

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I The Craft In Search of History History began to exert its fascination upon me when I was about six, through the medium of the Twins series by Lucy Fitch Perkins. I became absorbed in the fortunes of the Dutch Twins; the Twins of the American Revolution, who daringly painted the name Modeerf, or “freedom” spelled backward, on their row boat; and especially the Belgian Twins, who suffered under the German occupation of Brussels in 1914. After the Twins, I went through a G. A. Henty period and bled with Wolfe in Canada. Then came a prolonged Dumas period, during which I became so intimate with the Valois kings, queens, royal mistresses, and various Ducs de Guise that when we visited the French châteaux I was able to point out to my family just who had stabbed whom in which room. Conan Doyle’s The White Company and, above all, Jane Porter’s The Scottish Chiefs were the definitive influence. As the noble Wallace, in tartan and velvet tarn, I went to my first masquerade party, stalking in silent tragedy among the twelve-year-old Florence Nightingales and Juliets. In the book the treachery of the Countess of Mar, who betrayed Wallace, carried a footnote that left its mark on me. “The crimes of this wicked woman,” it said darkly, “are verified by history.” By the time I reached Radcliffe, I had no difficulty in choosing a field of concentration, although it turned out to be History and Lit rather than pure history. I experienced
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Celebrated for bringing a personal touch to history in her Pulitzer Prize-winning epic The Guns of August and other classic books, Barbara W. Tuchman reflects on world events and the historian's craft in these perceptive, essential essays.
 
From thoughtful pieces on the historian's role to striking insights into America's past and present to trenchant observations on the international scene, Barbara W. Tuchman looks at history in a unique way and draws lessons from what she sees. Spanning more than four decades of writing in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Harper's, The Nation, and The Saturday Evening Post, Tuchman weighs in on a range of eclectic topics, from Israel and Mao Tse-tung to a Freudian reading of Woodrow Wilson. This is a splendid body of work, the story of a lifetime spent "practicing history."
 
Praise for Practicing History
 
"Persuades and enthralls . . . I can think of no better primer for the nonexpert who wishes to learn history."-Chicago Sun-Times
 
"Provocative, consistent, and beautifully readable, an event not to be missed by history buffs."-Baltimore Sun
 
"A delight to read."-The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

"Persuades and enthralls . . . I can think of no better primer for the nonexpert who wishes to learn history."-Chicago Sun-Times
 
"Provocative, consistent, and beautifully readable, an event not to be missed by history buffs."-Baltimore Sun
 
"A delight to read."-The New York Times Book Review
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