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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
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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Tuchman writes so well, and about a distant, but important topic. If you want to see how the world unravelled that summer, and then how the war bogged down into a four-year... Read morePublished 16 hours ago by W. Orr
A scary classic of what can happen in a world that is too content with itself. Read like a fascinating novel and gave vivid insights into personalities of protagonists, especially... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Christopher
Thorough explanation of the progression of WWI up to the Battle of the MarnePublished 4 days ago by Barbara Borden
This was a very entertaining read in spite of it not being fiction. I actually read it for diversion in spite of having a heavy academic course load as well.Published 7 days ago by J
It is amazing to learn how the entire future of Europe and the World was cast into being what it is today due to decisions made (and not made ) which in retrospect were fairly... Read morePublished 9 days ago by PoppaHaydn
Excellent description of the early days of WW I. A few decisions a d decisive actions saved France.Published 9 days ago by D G Whitley