The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series

Kobo ebook | July 22, 2009

byBarbara W. Tuchman

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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.
 
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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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all timeThe 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 eraIn this landmark, Pulitzer Prize–winning account, renowned historian Barbara W. Tuchman re-creates the first month of World War I: thirty days in the sum...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:July 22, 2009Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The great war I began with few reservations and prejudices not only because the author was a woman but also was not a scholar. Surprisingly I was better at conjuring the battlefields, position of the armies. Tuchman also perfectly conveys the military and political figures. It's a great book about the great war.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dr. An excellent read and very timely considering that it was published in 1962. An excellent read and very timely. Who could believe there was so much action in the first month of a war that lasted for more than 50 months
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent I excuse my 'puny' review in light of what others have said. My review is of the paperback version, DON'T buy it. The maps are virtually useless with this type of binding. Go for a hardcover.!
Date published: 2014-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling Read Tuchman is "a writer of wit and grace" according to the New York Times. "She has a sardonic sense of humor and an original mind." I found her book about how WWI evolved, both compelling and repulsive. I gulped it in, as though inhaling halting breaths, engrossed in the horrific sadness of it all, putting the book down with a heavy and ponderous sigh, then picking it up again, needing to learn more. Tuchman's writing flows gracefully and she knows just how much detail to bring into this sweeping tale of a "tragedy of errors". Newsweek said it best, I think: "Tuchman is able to evoke both the enormous pattern of the tragedy and the minutiae which make it human" in what must surely be one of history's saddest moments.
Date published: 2008-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Master History Teller at her Best Barbara Tuchman takes us through a vivid exploration of the begining of the most important historical event of the century. Finally a master story teller presents the great debate of the start of the second world war with interesting detail and unbias historical accuracy. A definite must read for anyone who would even consider themselves a serious historian or just a passionate reader of history.
Date published: 2001-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Guns of August This is one of the best books I have ever read about anything and for anyone with a sense of history and even the remotest interest in the subject or period is a must read. It is riveting from the outset. If you are not enthralled by the first paragraph put it down and forget it. It may not be for you.
Date published: 2000-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Balanced, insightful, entertaining This is an entertaining book about the first month ofWWI. The scope is the assassination of the Archduke in Sarajevo to the eve of the Marne (including Tannenburg on the eastern front). Because most of the early action in WWI occurs in the western front, the book concentrates there. It develops the Schlieffen Plan and the French Plan 17 and explains how the high commands of both countries attempt to carry out these plans. Tuchman gives all sides of a disagreement in policy or action. This even-handed account is most welcome. An example is her treatment of Lanrezac, commander of the French 5th army at the start of the war - she points out that he was essential in preventing the Germans from turning the French flank in the early battles, but then agrees with his dismissal at the eve of the Marne: "...not the man to lead the offensive." The only person she completely villifies is Sir John French of the BEF. Most importantly, the book is very well-written, enjoyable and clear to read, and even witty. Unfortunately, there are some spots with vague allusions to historical events and people without explanantion. While a practising historian probably finds this humourous or helpful, it is murky for an amateur. This is a minor point; on the whole, this book is stellar.
Date published: 2000-06-28