Guns of August

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. 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""show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 511 pages
  • 106.68 x 177.8 x 30.48mm | 294.83g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Ballantine Books Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Ballantine Books ed
  • 034538623X
  • 9780345386236
  • 37,500

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"More dramtatic than fiction...THE GUNS OF AUGUST is a magnificent narrative--beautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained....The product of painstaking and sophisticated research." CHICAGO TRIBUNE Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman has brought to life again the people and events that led up to Worl War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, THE GUNS OF AUGUST will not be more

About Barbara W. Tuchman

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." "From the Paperback edition.""show more

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"Fascinating . . . One of the finest works of history written . . . A splendid and glittering performance." -"The New York Times " "MORE DRAMATIC THAN FICTION . . . A MAGNIFICENT NARRATIVE . . . elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained . . . The product of painstaking and sophisticated research." -"Chicago Tribune" "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.' A writer with an impeccable sense of telling detail, Mrs. Tuchman is able to evoke both the enormous pattern of the tragedy and the minutiae which make it human." -"Newsweek" "[A] BEAUTIFULLY ORGANIZED, COMPELLING NARRATIVE." -"San Francisco Chronicle " "AN EPIC NEVER FLAGGING IN SUSPENSE . . . It seemed hardly possible that anything new of significance could be said about the prelude to and the first month of World War I. But this is exactly what Mrs. Tuchman has succeeded in doing . . . by transforming the drama's protagonists as well as its immense supporting cast, from half-legendary and half shadowy figures into full-dimensional, believable persons." -"The Christian Science Monitor" "EXCELLENT . . . ["The Guns of August"] has a vitality that transcends its narrative virtues." -"The Wall Street Journal"show more