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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This brilliant narrative history of the 31 days of August 1914 portrays the opening month of World War I. Profoundly serious and informative in scope but written with all the drama and immediacy of a great novel it describes the planned strategies of the generals, the preparation and morale of the armies of all the nations at war and the first month of battle from all sides. Steeped in the sources on the English, German, French and Russian sides it shows how through their human frailties and errors in strategy the commanders in the field became inexorably embroiled in Armageddon.
Tuchman's researches have been deep and judicious... From a vast mass of evidence, sifted with immense industry and rare discrimination, she has reconstructed a picture of what actually happened. It is a brilliant achievement. ( Peter Fleming, Sunday Telegraph Barbara Tuchman was one of the great historians of the 20th century. Her works include The Proud Tower, A Distant Mirror and The March of Folly.)
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Book Description Scribner, 1962. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Barbara W. Tuchman 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. There followed other successes, including The Proud Tower, Stilwell and the American Experience in China (also awarded the Pulitzer Prize), A Distant Mirror, The March of Folly, and The First Salute. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0026203103