The Guns of August

The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic about the Outbreak of World War I

By Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
(Presidio Press, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780345476098, 640pp.)

Publication Date: August 3, 2004

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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time
"The Proud Tower, "the Pulitzer Prize winning "The Guns of August, " and "The Zimmerman Telegram" comprise Barbara W. Tuchman's classic histories of the First World War era
In this landmark, Pulitzer Prize winning 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.
Praise for "The Guns of August"
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 Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author
Barbara W. Tuchman achieved prominence as a historian with "The Zimmermann Telegram "and international fame with "The Guns of August," which won the Pulitzer Prize. There followed five more books: "The Proud Tower," "Stilwell and the American Experience in China" (also awarded the Pulitzer Prize), "A Distant Mirror," "Practicing History," and "The March of Folly," "The First Salute" was Mrs. Tuchman's last book before her death in February 1989.

"From the Paperback edition."

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