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“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 Paperback edition.
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
A very informative and well written book. I really enjoyed the read while learning all kinds of things I didn't know about the months leading up to WW1Published 5 days ago by WebePerry
Very hard to put down, no wonder it won a Pulitzer Prize!! Awesome writing on the start of the first World War. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Michael R. Riter
Very detailed. Shows the stupidity of all involved. It's a slow read.Published 8 days ago by Robert E. Carman
The Guns of August is an insightful look into the minds of the critical military and political men of the first world war.Published 10 days ago by Craig McShaffry
Rightly considered one of the greatest books on the beginning of World War I, this book won Barbara Tuchman (1912-89) her first Pulitzer Prize. Read morePublished 10 days ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
Great book and definitely well researched. The Guns of August takes you on a day by day exploration of the month of August at the opening of WWI. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Phillip Schreibfeder
Excellent read. I'm sure some would quibble with some of the assessments made, given the additional disclosures made between the initial writing and today (information not... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Ernest Mudd
I am a fan of history. The author provides the reader with a wealth of fact, clear timelines, and helpful insight for consideration . I enjoyed The Guns of August . Five stars .Published 20 days ago by fred mabra