The Guns of August

The Guns of August

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In this Pulitzer Prize–winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of kings and kaisers and czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed—and how horrible it became.

Tuchman masterfully portrays this transition from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, focusing on the turning point in the year 1914, the month leading up to the war, and the first month of the war. With fine attention to detail, she reveals how and why the war started and why it could have been stopped but wasn't, managing to make the story utterly suspenseful even when we already know the outcome.

A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, The Guns of August will not be forgotten.

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing


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Dec 16, 2017

I found it much easier to read than listening to Wanda McCaddon....very unpleasant voice for my hearing.

May 15, 2011

This masterful recreation of the first month of WWI examines the interlocking national characters, individual personalities, and legions of errors that coalesced to create a worldwide catastrophe.

Highly readable--even morbidly funny at times--Tuchman's compelling writing and thorough historical analysis won her a Pulitzer for this book.

I can't wait to read more of her writing.


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