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The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic about the Outbreak… (original 1962; edition 2004)

by Barbara Wertheim Tuchman

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Title:The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic about the Outbreak of World War I
Authors:Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
Info:Presidio Press (2004), Editie: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 640 pagina's
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The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman (1962)


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Go ahead and criticize Tuchman's "unscholarly" approach all you want, this book makes the beginning of WW I clear and understandable for the lay reader. She managed to keep me clear on the identities and roles of many, many historical figures whom I had never encountered before and keep my interest throughout the events. I felt compelled to keep reading. Her books are a gift to those of us who are not scholars of the period but want to understand one of the pivotal events of our time. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
Nope. Maybe it is this particular audiobook version, but I'm really not feeling the love for this book.

With The Guns of August, Tuchman wrote this incredibly detailed account of the first month of WWI - and the detail is staggering, so much so that it might even be somewhat overwhelming and that somehow this detail detracts a little from what otherwise looks like a one-sided portrayal. I mean the detail staggering (and the only aspect that kept me reading this far) and includes a lot of detail of the politics, personalities, military strategy, philosophical motivations, etc. of all parties involved.
However, what I cannot get passed is that the well-known (western) figures (Foch, Churchill, etc. - even Haig and French of whose short-comings Monty later wrote without holding back) come out pretty well, whereas the less well known (and for the most part Russian and German) personalities seem to be caricatures. There is a lot of national stereotyping - but maybe this is just exaggerated by the narration of this particular audiobook version which aims to read different characters in actual accents. (Why???)

It is seriously making me dislike the book. ( )
  BrokenTune | Aug 21, 2016 |
It's conservative in analysis and conclusions, but undeniably a prose masterpiece. ( )
  librarianbryan | Jun 26, 2016 |
Fantastic history of the lead up and first month of WWI. It's almost like watching a movie but even more heart-thumping. I struggled a little bit with following the different army movements in the beginning but by the end, I was frantically turning the page to see what was going to happen. ( )
  ltfitch1 | Jun 5, 2016 |
This book takes off where Christopher Clarks The Sleepwalkers ends.
I used to spend holidays at a small village in the Belgian Ardennes called Ernonheid. On a wall of the former village school the following text is to be found: 'La nuit du 17 au 18 Aout 1914 les Allemands ont incendié 14 maisons' ( = during the night of the 17th until 18th of August 1914 the Germans burned 14 houses). In this book, I hoped to find an answer to my question why the Germans acted with such terror in the early months of the First World War. Tuchman gave several general answers (I didn't expect a specific answer to why this particular village was burned) : one of them was that the Germans wanted to leave as little as possible troops in Belgium, so that they could attack the French with a maximum of force. By using a lot of force on the Belgians, they hoped the Belgians would comply. Well, they didn't... ( )
  yvlind1 | Mar 17, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345476093, Mass Market Paperback)

"More dramtatic than fiction...THE GUNS OF AUGUST is a magnificent narrative--beautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained....The product of painstaking and sophisticated research."
Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman has brought to life again the people and events that led up to Worl War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, 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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A 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: how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't.… (more)

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