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The guns of August ; The proud tower / Barbara W. Tuchman ; Margaret MacMillan, editor.


  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9781598531459
  • ISBN: 159853145X
  • Description: 1257 p., [64] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 21 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Library of America c2012.

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0 current holds with 4 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 940.4144/Tuchman (Text to phone) Available -
Beverly Main Adult Nonfiction D 530 .T82 2012 (Text to phone) Available -
Lynnfield Adult Nonfiction D 530 .T83 2012 (Text to phone) Available -
Melrose Nonfiction (Second Floor) 909 Tuchman (Text to phone) Available -

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General Note: Maps on lining papers.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Note: The guns of August -- The proud tower -- Appendix: How we entered World War I -- Chronology -- Note on the texts -- Notes.
Summary: One of the best-known historians of her time, Barbara W. Tuchman (1912-1989) distilled the complex interplay of personalities and events into gripping narratives that combine lucid scholarship with elegant literary art. A shrewd portraitist, she laid bare the all-too-human failures of leaders caught in the pull of historical currents and often tragically blinded by biases of culture and temperament.
Nowhere are her talents more brilliantly on display than in her Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller The Guns of August (1962), a riveting account of the outbreak of World War I and the weeks of fighting leading up to the First Battle of the Marne in September 1914. Tuchman dramatizes the diplomatic debacles that precipitated the war and the intransigence of the German and French armies as they dogmatically adhered to their battle plans, with disastrous consequences. Interwoven with her vivid re-creation of the German march through Belgium into France and the fierce fighting on the Eastern Front are astute characterizations of the conflict's key military and political leaders, among them French General Joseph Joffre, German Kaiser Wilhelm II, and British First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill. The Guns of August can also be read as a cautionary study in the perils of brinkmanship, and Tuchman's searching observations about the irrational escalation of conflict among states made a deep impression on President John F. Kennedy, who famously drew on the book for insight during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Some of Tuchman's finest writing graces her next book, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 (1966). She brings to life the disparate worlds of the self-satisfied English aristocracy and the miserable poor whose conditions gave rise to international anarchism; revisits the national madness of the Dreyfus Affair in France; considers the naiveté and cynicism of the varied participants in the international peace conferences at The Hague; mounts a dazzling foray into cultural criticism with a meditation on the operas of Richard Strauss; and creates unforgettable portraits of such political titans as Thomas B. Reed, longtime Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and French Socialist leader Jean Jaurès. Honoring the historian's ideal to envision life "as it really was," Tuchman paints a fin-de-siècle world "bursting with new tensions and accumulated energies."
Subject: History, Modern > 20th century.
World War, 1914-1918 > Campaigns > Western Front.
MacMillan, Margaret, 1943- (Added Author).

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Alternate Title: Proud tower

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