The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman

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Historian & Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman has brought to life again the people and events that led up to WWI. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, she reveals just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, THE GUNS OF AUGUST will not be forgotten.

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ISBN : 0345476093
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 606 pages


Kalliope rated it ★★★★☆

February 16, 2016

On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. As many y...

Matt rated it ★★★★★

August 05, 2016

Let’s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history books on any topic whatsoe...

Lilo rated it ★★★★☆

October 27, 2015

“The Guns of August” is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. “The Guns of August” is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biological maternal grandmother...

Paul rated it ★★★☆☆

August 15, 2010

Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only nineteen when you...

Diane rated it ★★★★☆

March 01, 2017

This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written, and while...

Trevor rated it ★★★★☆

May 06, 2009

You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven’t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a novel. And it...

Sue rated it ★★★★★

September 07, 2014

After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease with which...

howl of minerva rated it ★★★★☆

April 15, 2016

I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble monument the...

Stephen rated it ★★★★★

March 28, 2010

6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible book, I ha...

Lynne rated it ★★★★★

January 19, 2018

Brilliant. There's no other word for it.

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