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The Guns of August

Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim

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ISBN 10: 0026203111 / ISBN 13: 9780026203111
Published by Macmillan Pub Co, U.S.A., 1988
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Printing of the 25th Anniversary Edition (w/full line number down to "1".) Just a little edgeware on the DJ but still retaining all the gloss - else Fine/Fine. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1963 - with a New Preface by the Author. Bookseller Invt. # C00100590F. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000590

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Title: The Guns of August

Publisher: Macmillan Pub Co, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Thus.

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Lucid examination of the critical moves of August, 1914--the carefully-planned strategies, first bloody clashes, and shocking realizations of prolonged battles

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To many people, W.W.I seems like ancient history. To me, it is the most fascinating of wars. It is when the modern world began, or, in Barbara Tuchman's opinion, when the 19th Century ended. My late Great Uncle Jimmy, a Brit, joined the Army at the age of 16 by lying that he was 18 after being encouraged to do so by a recruiter. Where did they send him? To Ireland, to train horses for the cavalry! This was the same war that saw the debut of the airplane, submarine, tank, poison gas, machine gun, flamethrower, and hand grenade!

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning history, Tuchman writes about the turning point of the year 1914--the month leading up to the war and the first month of the war. 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 is masterful at portraying this abrupt change from 19th to 20th Century. And how she manages to make the story utterly suspenseful, when we already know the outcome, is the mark of a great writer, and a classic volume of history.

Doug Grad, Editor

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