The Guns of August

The Guns of August
Author: Barbara W. Tuchman
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2009-07-22
ISBN: 0307567621
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Guns of August Book Excerpt:

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • “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 Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time In this landmark 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. The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmermann Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchman’s classic histories of the First World War era

The Guns of August

The Guns of August
Author: Barbara W. Tuchman
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2014-06-05
ISBN: 9780241968215
Category: World War, 1914-1918
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Guns of August Book Excerpt:

'War pressed against every frontier. Suddenly dismayed, governments struggled and twisted to fend it off. It was no use . . .' Barbara Tuchman's universally acclaimed, Pulitzer prize-winning account of how the first thirty days of battle determined the course of the First World War is to this day revered as the classic account of the conflict's opening. From the precipitous plunge into war and the brutal and bloody battles of August 1914, Tuchman shows how events were propelled by a horrific logic which swept all sides up in its unstoppable momentum. 'Fascinating, splendid, glittering. One of the finest works of history.' New York Times 'Excellent.' Wall Street Journal 'Brilliant, exciting.' Washington Post 'Brilliant . . . grips the mind.' New Yorker 'A brilliant achievement.' Sunday Telegraph

The Guns of August

The Guns of August
Author: Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
Publsiher: New York : Macmillan
Total Pages: 552
Release: 1962
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: War
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Guns of August Book Excerpt:

"The drama of August, 1914, a month of battle in which war was waged on a scale unsurpassed, and whose results determined the shape of the world in which we live today."--Jacket.

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Author: Barbara W. Tuchman
Publsiher: Library of America
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2012-03-01
ISBN: 159853145X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Barbara W Tuchman The Guns of August The Proud Tower LOA 222 Book Excerpt:

Writing with a clarity, grace, and novelistic sweep rare among historians, Barbara W. Tuchman (1912-1989) distilled the complex interplay of personalities and events into gripping narratives that fuse rigorous scholarship with elegant literary art. An astute portraitist, she brilliantly laid bare the all-too-human failures of leaders subject to the pull of historical currents and prone, often tragically, to the ingrained biases of culture and temperament. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning best seller The Guns of August (1962) offers a majestic orchestration of the diplomatic and military history of the crucial first weeks of World War I. Tuchman's observations about the irrational escalation of conflict made a deep impression on President John F. Kennedy and influenced his actions during the Cuban Missile Crisis; fifty years later, The Guns of August remains an exemplary study of events propelled headlong by their own internal logic and momentum. Some of Tuchman's finest writing is contained in her following book, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World before the War, 1890-1914 (1966), a fascinating kaleidoscope of eight precisely drawn essays on subjects ranging from international socialism and anarchism to the Dreyfus Affair in France and the birth of American imperialism that collectively set the stage for the cataclysm of 1914. Presented in one volume for the first time and released to mark Tuchman's centennial year and the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Guns of August, here is a vivid, indelible panorama of an epoch in transition. LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.

The Guns of August

The Guns of August
Author: Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
Publsiher: Macmillan Publishing Company
Total Pages: 560
Release: 1962
ISBN: 9780026203111
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Guns of August Book Excerpt:

Lucid examination of the critical moves of August, 1914--the carefully-planned strategies, first bloody clashes, and shocking realizations of prolonged battles

The Guns of August 2008

The Guns of August 2008
Author: Svante E. Cornell,S. Frederick Starr
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2015-01-28
ISBN: 131745653X
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Guns of August 2008 Book Excerpt:

In the summer of 2008, a conflict that appeared to have begun in the breakaway Georgian territory of South Ossetia rapidly escalated to become the most significant crisis in European security in a decade. The implications of the Russian-Georgian war will be understood differently depending on one's narrative of what transpired and perspective on the broader context. This book is designed to present the facts about the events of August 2008 along with comprehensive coverage of the background to those events. It brings together a wealth of expertise on the South Caucasus and Russian foreign policy, with contributions by Russian, Georgian, European, and American experts on the region.

The Guns of August

The Guns of August
Author: Barbara Tuchman
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2014-06-05
ISBN: 0241968224
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Guns of August Book Excerpt:

Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August is a spellbinding history of the fateful first month when Britain went to war. War pressed against every frontier. Suddenly dismayed, governments struggled and twisted to fend it off. It was no use . . . Barbara Tuchman's universally acclaimed, Pulitzer prize-winning account of how the first thirty days of battle determined the course of the First World War is to this day revered as the classic account of the conflict's opening. From the precipitous plunge into war and the brutal and bloody battles of August 1914, Tuchman shows how events were propelled by a horrific logic which swept all sides up in its unstoppable momentum. 'Dazzling' Max Hastings 'Magnificent' Guardian 'Fascinating, splendid, glittering. One of the finest works of history' New York Times 'A brilliant achievement' Sunday Telegraph Barbara Tuchman achieved prominence as a historian with The Zimmerman Telegram and international fame with the Pulitzer-Prize winning The Guns of August. She is also the author of The Proud Tower, Stilwell and the American Experience in China (also awarded the Pulitzer Prize), A Distant Mirror and The March of Folly. She died in 1989. The Proud Tower and The Zimmerman Telegram are published by Penguin.

The Guns of August

The Guns of August
Author: Barbara W. Tuchman
Publsiher: Constable
Total Pages: 499
Release: 2000
ISBN: 9781841192093
Category: World War, 1914-1918
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Guns of August Book Excerpt:

The Guns of August is the narrative history of the first month of World War I. It describes the strategies of the generals, the preparation and morale of the armies of the nations at war and the everyday problems of the field commanders.

The Guns of August

The Guns of August
Author: Barbara W. Tuchman
Publsiher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2004-08-03
ISBN: 0345476093
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Guns of August Book Excerpt:

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • “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 Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time In this landmark 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. The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmermann Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchman’s classic histories of the First World War era

The Guns of August

The Guns of August
Author: Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
Publsiher: Turtleback Books
Total Pages: 511
Release: 1994-03-08
ISBN: 9780613187176
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Guns of August Book Excerpt:

A definitive Pulitzer Prize-winning recreation of the powderkeg that was Europe during the crucial first thirty days of World War I traces the actions of statesmen and patriots alike in Berlin, London, St. Petersburg, and Paris.

The March of Folly

The March of Folly
Author: Barbara W. Tuchman
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2011-07-20
ISBN: 0307798569
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The March of Folly Book Excerpt:

Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman, author of the World War I masterpiece The Guns of August, grapples with her boldest subject: the pervasive presence, through the ages, of failure, mismanagement, and delusion in government. Drawing on a comprehensive array of examples, from Montezuma’s senseless surrender of his empire in 1520 to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Barbara W. Tuchman defines folly as the pursuit by government of policies contrary to their own interests, despite the availability of feasible alternatives. In brilliant detail, Tuchman illuminates four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly: the Trojan War, the breakup of the Holy See provoked by the Renaissance popes, the loss of the American colonies by Britain’s George III, and the United States’ own persistent mistakes in Vietnam. Throughout The March of Folly, Tuchman’s incomparable talent for animating the people, places, and events of history is on spectacular display. Praise for The March of Folly “A glittering narrative . . . a moral [book] on the crimes and follies of governments and the misfortunes the governed suffer in consequence.”—The New York Times Book Review “An admirable survey . . . I haven’t read a more relevant book in years.”—John Kenneth Galbraith, The Boston Sunday Globe “A superb chronicle . . . a masterly examination.”—Chicago Sun-Times

Practicing History

Practicing History
Author: Barbara W. Tuchman
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2011-07-13
ISBN: 0307798550
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Practicing History Book Excerpt:

Celebrated for bringing a personal touch to history in her Pulitzer Prize–winning epic The Guns of August and other classic books, Barbara W. Tuchman reflects on world events and the historian’s craft in these perceptive, essential essays. From thoughtful pieces on the historian’s role to striking insights into America’s past and present to trenchant observations on the international scene, Barbara W. Tuchman looks at history in a unique way and draws lessons from what she sees. Spanning more than four decades of writing in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Harper’s, The Nation, and The Saturday Evening Post, Tuchman weighs in on a range of eclectic topics, from Israel and Mao Tse-tung to a Freudian reading of Woodrow Wilson. This is a splendid body of work, the story of a lifetime spent “practicing history.” Praise for Practicing History “Persuades and enthralls . . . I can think of no better primer for the nonexpert who wishes to learn history.”—Chicago Sun-Times “Provocative, consistent, and beautifully readable, an event not to be missed by history buffs.”—Baltimore Sun “A delight to read.”—The New York Times Book Review

The Proud Tower

The Proud Tower
Author: Barbara W. Tuchman
Publsiher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Total Pages: 528
Release: 1996-08-27
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Proud Tower Book Excerpt:

Looks at the history of society and culture in the years leading up to World War I.

Bible and Sword

Bible and Sword
Author: Barbara W. Tuchman
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2011-07-13
ISBN: 0307797996
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bible and Sword Book Excerpt:

From Barbara W. Tuchman, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Guns of August, comes history through a wide-angle lens: a fascinating chronicle of Britain’s long relationship with Palestine and the Middle East, from the ancient world to the twentieth century. Historically, the British were drawn to the Holy Land for two major reasons: first, to translate the Bible into English and, later, to control the road to India and access to the oil of the Middle East. With the lucidity and vividness that characterize all her work, Barbara W. Tuchman follows these twin spiritual and imperial motives—the Bible and the sword—to their seemingly inevitable endpoint, when Britain conquered Palestine at the conclusion of World War I. At that moment, in a gesture of significance and solemnity, the Balfour Declaration of 1917 established a British-sponsored mandate for a national home for the Jewish people. Throughout this characteristically vivid account, Tuchman demonstrates that the seeds of conflict were planted in the Middle East long before the official founding of the modern state of Israel. Praise for Bible and Sword “Tuchman is a wise and witty writer, a shrewd observer with a lively command of high drama.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer “In her métier as a narrative popular historical writer, Barbara Tuchman is supreme.”—Chicago Sun-Times

A Distant Mirror

A Distant Mirror
Author: Barbara Tuchman
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 784
Release: 2017-10-05
ISBN: 0241972981
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Distant Mirror Book Excerpt:

The fourteenth century was a time of fabled crusades and chivalry, glittering cathedrals and grand castles. It was also a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague. Here, Barbara Tuchman masterfully reveals the two contradictory images of the age, examining the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived: what childhood was like; what marriage meant; how money, taxes and war dominated the lives of serf, noble and clergy alike. Granting her subjects their loyalties, treacheries and guilty passions, Tuchman recreates the lives of proud cardinals, university scholars, grocers and clerks, saints and mystics, lawyers and mercenaries, and, above all, knights. The result is an astonishing reflection of medieval Europe, a historical tour de force.

Study Guide

Study Guide
Author: Supersummary
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 78
Release: 2019-09-11
ISBN: 9781692604332
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Study Guide Book Excerpt:

SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 76-page guide for "The Guns Of August" by Barbara W. Tuchman includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 22 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like Mistakes and Supplies.

The First Salute

The First Salute
Author: Barbara W. Tuchman
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2011-06-22
ISBN: 0307798577
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The First Salute Book Excerpt:

Barbara W. Tuchman, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the classic The Guns of August, turns her sights homeward with this brilliant, insightful narrative of the Revolutionary War. In The First Salute, one of America’s consummate historians crafts a rigorously original view of the American Revolution. Barbara W. Tuchman places the Revolution in the context of the centuries-long conflicts between England and both France and Holland, demonstrating how the aid to the American colonies of both these nations made the triumph of independence possible. She sheds new light on the key role played by the contending navies, paints a magnificent portrait of George Washington, and recounts in riveting detail the decisive campaign of the war at Yorktown. By turns lyrical and gripping, The First Salute is an exhilarating account of the birth of a nation. Praise for The First Salute “Nothing in a novel could be more thrilling than the moment in this glorious history when French soldiers arrive [to] see a tall, familiar figure: George Washington. . . . It is only part of Tuchman’s genius that she can reconstitute such scenes with so much precision and passion.”—People “Tuchman writes narrative history in the great tradition. . . . A persuasive book, which brings us entertaining pictures, scenes and characters.”—Chicago Tribune “[A] tightly woven narrative, ingeniously structured.”—The Christian Science Monitor

The Guns of August 2008

The Guns of August 2008
Author: S. Frederick Starr
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2009
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Guns of August 2008 Book Excerpt:

In the summer of 2008, a conflict that appeared to have begun in the breakaway Georgian territory of South Ossetia rapidly escalated to become the most significant crisis in European security in a decade. This book presents facts about the events of August 2008 along with comprehensive coverage of the background to those events.

The Zimmermann Telegram

The Zimmermann Telegram
Author: Barbara W. Tuchman
Publsiher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 0
Release: 1985-03-12
ISBN: 0345324250
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Zimmermann Telegram Book Excerpt:

“A tremendous tale of hushed and unhushed uproars in the linked fields of war and diplomacy” (The New York Times), from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Guns of August In January 1917, the war in Europe was, at best, a tragic standoff. Britain knew that all was lost unless the United States joined the war, but President Wilson was unshakable in his neutrality. At just this moment, a crack team of British decoders in a quiet office known as Room 40 intercepted a document that would change history. The Zimmermann telegram was a top-secret message to the president of Mexico, inviting him to join Germany and Japan in an invasion of the United States. How Britain managed to inform the American government without revealing that the German codes had been broken makes for an incredible story of espionage and intrigue as only Barbara W. Tuchman could tell it. The Proud Tower, The Guns of August, and The Zimmermann Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchman’s classic histories of the First World War era.

Notes from China

Notes from China
Author: Barbara W. Tuchman
Publsiher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2017-01-24
ISBN: 0812986229
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Notes from China Book Excerpt:

A journalistic tour de force, this wide-ranging collection by the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning biography Stilwell and the American Experience in China is a classic in its own right. During the summer of 1972—a few short months after Nixon’s legendary visit to China—master historian Barbara W. Tuchman made her own trip to that country, spending six weeks in eleven cities and a variety of rural settlements. The resulting reportage was one of the first evenhanded portrayals of Chinese culture that Americans had ever read. Tuchman’s observations capture the people as they lived, from workers in the city and provincial party bosses to farmers, scientists, and educators. She demonstrates the breadth and scope of her expertise in discussing the alleviation of famine, misery, and exploitation; the distortion of cultural and historical inheritances into ubiquitous slogans; news media, schools, housing, and transportation; and Chairman Mao’s techniques for reasserting the Revolution. This edition also includes Tuchman’s “fascinating” (The New York Review of Books) essay, “If Mao Had Come to Washington in 1945”—a tantalizing piece of speculation on a proposed meeting between Mao and Roosevelt that would have changed the course of postwar history. “Shrewdly observed . . . Tuchman enters another plea for coolness, intelligence and rationality in American Asian policies. One can hardly disagree.”—The New York Times Book Review