The Guns of August
- Publish Date: 1962-06-13
- Binding: Mass Market Paperback
- Author: Barbara W. Tuchman
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time
The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prizeâwinning The Guns of August, and The Zimmerman Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchmanâs classic histories of the First World War era
In this landmark, Pulitzer Prizeâwinning 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 warâs key players, Tuchmanâs magnum opus is a classic for the ages.
Praise for The Guns of August
âA brilliant piece of military history which proves up to the hilt the force of Winston Churchillâs statement that the first month of World War I was âa drama never surpassed.âââNewsweek
âMore dramatic than fiction . . . a magnificent narrativeâbeautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained.ââChicago Tribune
âA fine demonstration that with sufficient art rather specialized history can be raised to the level of literature.ââThe New York Times
â[The Guns of August] has a vitality that transcends its narrative virtues, which are considerable, and its feel for characterizations, which is excellent.ââThe Wall Street Journal
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