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
From the Trade Paperback edition.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
[Read by Wanda McCaddon -aka- Nadia May]
*Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
*One of AudioFile's Best Voices of 2009 for History: Wanda McCaddon
Winner of the 1963 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction
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.
Historian and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Barbara Tuchman has brought to life again the people and events that led up to World 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 forgotten.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Macmillan Pub Co. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0026203111 New book. Dust jacket has some shelf wear and tear but the book is like new. Bookseller Inventory # E4-506
Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW. Fast Shipping. Prompt Customer Service. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # 0026203111BNA
Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97800262031111.0
Book Description Macmillan Pub Co, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 25 Anv. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0026203111
Book Description Macmillan Pub Co, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0026203111
Book Description Macmillan Pub Co, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110026203111