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Description: The Guns of August : Paperback : Random House USA Inc : 9780345386236 : 034538623X : 01 Apr 1994 : 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. The Book Depository The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: Alun d

Rating: 5

Review: This is undoubtedly one of the best history books I have ever read. And I have read many. Usually, I don’t read history books that are more than 20 years old. I prefer to read books using the most up-to-date research. So I approach this book warily. I am very, very glad I did not let my prejudices Influence me. This book is superb. The authors use of sources and extent of research is brilliant. Her analysis is balanced and objective, as all good historians should be. Many modern historians could learn so much from her approach. She does not express prejudices, bigoted opinions or think her view is more important than what the facts say. I learnt so much from this book, and I know a lot about the First World War. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I wish I could give this book 10 stars

 

Author: Justinian

Rating: 4

Review: This is a fascinating narrative of the commencement of hostilities in 1914. It depicts the end of an era epitomised by the funeral of Edward VII where the monarchies of a dying age assembled for the last time. The story is illuminating because it is clear that the war was deliberate. The Great Powers did not "blunder" into this war to end all wars. This was the product of Prussian military planning produced by Von Schliffen and Von Moltke's adherence to that plan. Whether war was sparked by the murder of the Austrian Archduke or something else it appears that the Kaiser wanted his war. Whilst the German General Staff got their way and enjoyed initial success in their barbarism, diplomatically such a war was a disaster for them. Their onslaught into a defenceless country like Belgium reaped the whirlwind. What the militarists did not expect was the incredible brave resistance of the Belgium people. That turned the tide of opinion in England and in other democracies. England declared war not just because she was a member of the Triple Entente with France and Russia, but because she was Treaty-bound as others were to secure the neutrality of Belgium. Tuchman tells this story most graphically. On the one hand, she portrays the appalling tragedy of 1914 with the German juggernaut launched through Alsace Lorrain, Luxembourg Belgium and France which was practically unstoppable, and on the other the bravery of the Belgium army at Liege and Namur and that of the French who bore the brunt of the fighting all along the line. The role of the highly professional BEF is subsumed by the overwhelming might of the German armies, until inspired by Lord Kitchener, Sir John French takes the offensive. Kitchener seems to be the only realist on the General Staff who knows that Britain will need millions of men and that the war will not be over by Christmas. This is a riveting story and is obviously popular for those who want to understand what happened. For the general reader it is a great read, but for serious students of military history it is not quite and I would prefer Brigadier General Spears account in Liaison 1914. Like many war stories this book lacks proper maps so that the reader can follow the Anglo-French retreat properly. Tuchman's very few maps are barely readable in the paperback version although her narrative goes a long way to make up for that.

 

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