Barbara Tuchman tells the story of the events leading up to the “War to end all war” in The Guns of August, a detailed account of the causes of the First World War. Summary of the Book In the first half of the twentieth century, mankind came close to destroying itself. A cataclysmic war rocked the foundations of modern civilization, showing the world the bleak truth about mankind’s need for power. In one fell swoop, the pillars of world politics crumbled, and nothing could have stopped it from setting off a chain of events like a line of dominoes. The First World War was an inevitable event, foreshadowed for decades on end. The signs were there, but the world remained blind to them. However, could war have been prevented? Was the destruction warranted, unavoidable? In this classic account, imbued with her strong literary prowess and personal experiences, Barbara Tuchman delves into the reasons behind the First World War. She describes the chaotic political scenario before 1914, and the horrific logic that led to a war like a juggernaut, unstoppable in its path. From its gripping first line to the account of the brutal battles of 1914, this book deserves to be read by anyone who wants to understand how the entire world could be plunged into war. About Barbara Tuchman Barbara W. Tuchman was an American writer and historian. She is also remembered for Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911–45, a biography of General Joseph Stilwell. Tuchman won the Pulitzer Prize twice, and one of the occasions was due to this book.
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
'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.
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