THE GUNS OF AUGUST: THE PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING CLASSIC ABOUT THE OUTBREAK OF WORLD WAR I by Barbara W. Tuchman

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The Great War has been largely eclipsed by World War II in modern memory and history. But you'll never understand the 20th century until you see the horrific way it opened in 1914, ending an era of Western optimism and prosperity.
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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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Book Specifications
Release date: 2004-08-03
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Presidio Press
Publication date: 2004-08-03
Label: Presidio Press
Pages: 640
ASIN: 0345476093
ISBN: 0345476093
Height: 687
Length: 415
Weight: 68
Width: 101
Product Group: Book