The Proud Tower

Barbara W Tuchman

Published by The Macmillan Company, New York, 1966
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Previous owner: Colonel Edward C. Miller of the U.S. army, his name plate is pasted on second page; The Macmillan Company, New York, 1966. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. A superb copy of Barbara Tuchman's masterpiece of historical narrative in rare virtually as-new state: Fine hardcover, 1st edition, stated 4th printing, superb smooth-cut text-block exterior showing slightest shadow of age-toning, as-new library-durable black linen-over-boards cover w/ as-new edges & corners & w/ titles brightly gilt-stamped on front panel & spine, as-new sewn binding w/ tight signatures & w/ yellow-red-checked cloth banding at spine-caps, impeccable b-w printed end-papers on heavy paper showing the Paris Exposition 1900 (front) & an image of troop mobilization & public enthusiasm from August 1914 (back), pristine interior printed w/ handsome clarity on excellent paper, 544 pp. 33 b-w illustrations: 8 separate photo inserts on gloss-laminated stock w/ an average of 4 full photographic plates presented in each: following pp. 48, 80, 144, 208, 272, 336, 368, 432 ,Foreword (xiii), After-word (463), References (465), Index (511). The fateful quarter-century leading up to the Great War comes magnificently to life in these brilliantly written pages. It was a time when the world of Privilege still existed in Olympian luxury & the world of Protest was 'heaving in its pain, its power & its hate'. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated rate of change in man's record, a cataclysmic shaping of destiny. In portraying this world the author concentrates on society rather than the state. Her aim as she writes in her foreword, is 'to discover the quality of the world from which the Great War came.' The so-called diplomatic origins of the War are only the fever chart of the patient; they do not tell us what caused the fever. To probe for underlying causes & deeper forces one must operate within the framework of a whole society & try to discover what moved the people in it." With an artist's selectivity she has chosen the crucial men, movements & moments of the era: the men, movements & crucial moments. Among these are the Edwardian patricians who were the last fully functioning aristocracy to govern in the Western world; the Anarchists of Europe & America whose practice of the Deed of Terror voiced the protest of the oppressed; the United States at a historical turning point when she took the path to world power, revealed through two extraordinary figures: "Czar" Reed & Admiral Mahan; France ravaged by the Dreyfus Affair when all the moral (& immoral) passions of a nation were absorbed in a single issue; the two Peace Conferences at the Hague haunted by fear of the awful power of the new weapons; Germany portrayed through the figure of the self-depicted Hero, Richard Strauss, preeminent composer of his age; the sudden gorgeous blaze of Diaghilev's Russian Ballet & the music of Igor Stravinsky, symbols of the simultaneous creative surge in all the arts; the "strangely violent quarrels" of the Liberal era in England when the old belief in Progress slowly yielded to a new Pessimism; and, finally, the youth, the great ideals, the enthusiasm & tragedy of Socialism, epitomized in the moment when the heroic Jean Juares was shot to death on the night the War began & an epoch ended. By the time Barbara Tuchman saw this book to publication in 1966, her previous work, the Pulitzer-Prize winning "The Guns of August" (1962) had achieved the status of a classic. "The Proud Tower" a work of even greater dimension, has since earned & even surpassed the reputation of the earlier work & is now widely hailed as a masterpiece of the historian's art. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The Proud Tower
Publisher: The Macmillan Company, New York
Publication Date: 1966
Binding: Hardcover
Illustrator: Photographs throughout
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition

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