The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I

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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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About Barbara W. Tuchman

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BARBARA TUCHMAN received her bachelor's degree in history and literature from Radcliffe College in 1933. Following her graduation, she took a position with the American Council of the Institute of Pacific Relations in Japan, where she also wrote for the Far Eastern Survey and Pacific Affairs. Upon her return to the US, Tuchman began working for The Nation, and in 1937 she corresponded from Valencia and Madrid on the Spanish Civil War. Her titles include Bible and Sword, The Zimmerman Telegram, The Proud Tower, Notes from China, A Distant Mirror, Practicing History, The March of Folly, and The First Salute. Tuchman was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1963 for The Guns of August and in 1972 for Stillwell and the American Experience in China. She died in February, 1989 and was survived by her husband, three daughters, and four grandchildren.

Author Hometown: New York, NY
Published July 22, 2009 by Random House. 608 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, War, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The author shows how Germany planned its Belgian campaign, how General Foch developed a whole new military "mystique" to meet it, how Turkey, Russia, and Japan became involved, and how men began to die on the Western Front between Germany and France by the tens of thousands.

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No one knows what the implication of a U.S. default, or even the hint of a default, would be, just as the elites of Europe didn't understand the horror of the mechanized warfare they were unleashing.

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