The Guns of August

Barbara W. Tuchman Robert K. Massie

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The Guns of August

The Guns of August Historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author Barbara Tuchman has brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I With attention to fascinating detail and an intense knowledge of

  • Title: The Guns of August
  • Author: Barbara W. Tuchman Robert K. Massie
  • ISBN: 9780345476098
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • Historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author Barbara Tuchman has brought to life again the people and events that led up to World 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 how it could have been stopped but wasn t A classic historical sHistorian and Pulitzer Prize winning author Barbara Tuchman has brought to life again the people and events that led up to World 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 how it could have been stopped but wasn t A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know about, THE GUNS OF AUGUST will not be forgotten.

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    1. Kalliope on said:

      On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block.In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.As many years separate Tuchman’s book from the events she discusses as years separate us from the time its publication: about half a century.Those two lots of five decades each may explain two different reactio [...]

    2. Matt on said:

      Let’s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history books on any topic whatsoever. It won the Pulitzer, became a bestseller, was name-checked by politicians, and still provides a tidy sum to Tuchman’s heirs and designees. Even today, if you do a general search for “World W [...]

    3. Lilo on said:

      “The Guns of August” is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. “The Guns of August” is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biological maternal grandmother, and my adoptive maternal grandmother (my biological grand-aunt), talked very little about WWI, probably because WWII was raging, food as well as all other supplies were scarce, and we were surr [...]

    4. Paul Bryant on said:

      Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only nineteen when you joined the glorious fallen. 1916 - a long time ago now. Well I hope you died quick and I hope you died clean. But Private Willie McBride, it could have been slow and obscene. Let's not think of that. And di [...]

    5. Diane on said:

      This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written, and while I haven't read enough to testify to that, I do think it was an interesting and insightful work, and I'd recommend it to history buffs.I listened to The Guns of August on audio, and I enjoyed the narratio [...]

    6. Trevor on said:

      You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven’t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a novel. And it is an incredibly dramatic story and some of the characters are larger than life – but this is no novel.I say that because in a novel you expect at least some of the characters to develop during it [...]

    7. Sue on said:

      After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease with which the European world, and then much more, slid into an horrific spilling of blood, the ease with which several leaders gave orders which condemned millions of people to death; cities, towns, even small na [...]

    8. howl of minerva on said:

      I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble monument the Canadians built at Vimy ridge. The 21 years separating 1918 and 1939 are not a great length of time. There's something to be said for the thesis that the two world wars should be understood as one exten [...]

    9. Stephen on said:

      6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible book, I have taken a tremendous step towards correcting that deficit. Focusing on the first 30 days of World War I (hence the title), this beautifully written book addresses in great detail the causes for the conf [...]

    10. Chrissie on said:

      Phew, this was a difficult book to digest in the audiobook format. Neither is it easy to digest in a paper book format. It is dense. It is detailed. Names and places and battles are thrown at you in rapid succession. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and its number, the title of each commander and more. You do not have time to stop and think and recall what was told to you minutes/pages or even hours/chapters before. You need more than a detailed map because you don [...]

    11. Lobstergirl on said:

      This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser and the Russian Czar more so than the French and the British. But the stress is on the generals, and the war planners, on Schlieffen, whose plan had been prepared in 1905-06 and seemed to be restlessly waiting for [...]

    12. Darwin8u on said:

      The Guns of August which I read in September“Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.” ― Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of AugustWhat an amazing piece of historical writing. Tuchman shows how August, 2014 was impacted by two failed plans (Plan 17 & the Schlieffen Plan), Generals and politicos who were either overly optimistic at the wrong time or overly pessimistic at the wrong time. She detailed how inadvertent acts by disgraced Generals might have [...]

    13. Gadi on said:

      I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and this people's overconfidence that it just all became so trivial and so unbelievably lifeless--which in a weird way completely contradicts all of the GR reviews I've read about how this book brings life to the first mo [...]

    14. Evan Leach on said:

      "Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip, and Germans no less than other peoples prepare for the last war."- Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August. In her Pulitzer-Prize winning classic The Guns of August, the story of the first month of World War I, Barbara Tuchman argues convincingly that August 1914 was when the Gilded Age died and the modern era really began. The book opens with a famous depiction of Edward VII’s funeral in 1910, attended by all the kings [...]

    15. Mark Mortensen on said:

      In the 19th Century Henry David Thoreau eloquently stated: “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” In the 20th Century, Barbara W. Tuchman full of vision, passion, discipline and self confidence, pursued her American dream and found such success. The historian extraordinaire lacked a PhD but proved to critics that [...]

    16. Paul on said:

      This book came highly recommended and I can now see why. Tuchman really brings the war to life, which is quite a harrowing experience, I have to say. This book would be a great starting point for any serious would-be-scholar of the First World War and has just the right general overview to detail ratio for the casual reader like myself.It made me realise how we'd only studied the war from the British perspective at school (many, many, many years ago) and it was very interesting to see the French [...]

    17. Caroline on said:

      I used to repeat the common wisdom that if only the WWI reparations hadn’t been imposed on Germany, there would have been no WWII. Now I understand that it would have been impossible to convince the Allies that the reparations weren’t necessary.On August 25 the burning of Louvain began. The medieval city on the road from Liege to Brussels was renowned for its University and incomparable Library, founded in 1426r the Germans burned Louvain not as a punishment for alleged Belgian misdeeds [def [...]

    18. Clark Zlotchew on said:

      As always, Barbara W. Tuchman delves deeply into the historical subject matter. This book is about the First World War, its causes, the conduct of it, and the results. I see that what I've just written in the preceding sentence doesn't sound inviting; it comes off as dry and uninteresting. But this book is anything but that. It is actually exciting in its description of the progress of the war, and the various armies. It is also fascinating to burrow into the causes and the intrigue involved. It [...]

    19. BrokenTune on said:

      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 o [...]

    20. Charissa on said:

      This was the first non-fiction history book that read so much like a good novel that I screamed through it almost without pausing for breath. I knew bits and pieces about World War I before this but the persistent idiocy of so many involved simply held me riveted to the pages. One of my favorite bits is how the French kept insisting on wearing their red uniforms as they charged through field and forest toward machine gun fire. They just couldn't wrap their heads around the idea that "elan" just [...]

    21. Gail on said:

      I don't like technical books about military maneuvers--all that blather about Colonel Blimp, General von Bomb-them-all, and Prince Icantmakeupmymind, and the 5th Army Group attacks the XVI Corps on the right salient---yawnWelcome to a book that makes all this nearly understandable. Tuchman gives a great picture of the men who made the fatal errors of judgement which led to the four years of hell known as WW I and then resulted in, twenty years later, the even worse agony known as WW II. She is s [...]

    22. John on said:

      Barbara Tuchman did not have a PHD, “It’s what saved me, I think” she said, believing that academic life can stultify imagination, stifle enthusiasm and deaden prose style. After all, Herodotus, Thucydides, Gibbon, Mac Cauley and Parkman did not have PhD’s.” Her dealings with the press and critics were cautious and in their reviews of this book described her as a fifty-year-old housewife, a mother of three daughters and the spouse of a prominent New York physician. More succinctly, how [...]

    23. Connie on said:

      "The Guns of August" gives an account of the events leading up to the outbreak of World War I, and the first month of battles in August 1914. The writing is colorful and very dense. Some basic knowledge of World War I is helpful since Barbara Tuchman throws out the names of the main players very rapidly in the initial chapters about the causes of the war. The black and white maps are helpful, but not spectacular. The author is an interesting storyteller, looking at many of the politicians and ge [...]

    24. Silvana on said:

      The Guns of August is the best researched book I’ve ever read so far with such poised and skillful narrative style. Tuchman managed to entertain her readers with vivid, incredible details about the prelude to the first thirty days of World War I. She never cease in captivating our minds with epic tales of bravery, cowardice and indecisiveness. Did I say “entertain”? Ah indeed, this book is indubitably a remarkable form of entertainment. Battles, maneuvers, and actions in the field plus deb [...]

    25. Rebecca on said:

      The Guns of August is a class act, not only as a military history, but also as an analysis of human and organizational behavior. What drives us? What motivates us? Well, primarily an unwillingness to confront hard problems and the need to get promoted at our jobs. Maybe it's the same where you work.The Guns of August explains how the First World War came to be as well as its first month, up to the Battle of the Marne. But Tuchman doesn't simply deliver facts—she gives razor-sharp insights into [...]

    26. Brad on said:

      It's been a long while since I read a book about the First World War, but I've read many and was always going to find my way back to its histories in this Centennial period of the conflict. The one book I had long wanted to read but had never gotten around to was Barbara W. Tuchman's The Guns of August.I have heard of its excellence from many folks I trust, and their praise was mostly borne out --especially when it came to The Guns of August's two major strengths.First is Tuchman's decision to f [...]

    27. Mark on said:

      My knowledge up to this year about WOI could be condensed in: my country was "neutral" in this conflict, it was trenchwarfare and in a sense the first act in the social change coming in the 20th century. When it came to content I really never learned anything about this period. While reading this book I did watch several documentaries by the BBC, the Great War & Royal cousins, and an earier documantary by the BBC about the Great War that won three emmy's.Barbara Tuchman does have a very nice [...]

    28. Javier C on said:

      No voy a valorar este libro con estrellitas, y voy a explicar el porqué: porque desde el punto de vista de su calidad intrínseca, la ingente documentación que tiene detrás, el elevadísimo nivel de detalle y el grado de análisis de todas y cada una de las acciones que tuvieron lugar en los distintos países durante ese primer mes de la Primera Guerra Mundial, merece no 5 estrellas, sino 6 ó 7. Para descubrirse. Pero esto mismo que le da tanta calidad, para un lector meramente interesado en [...]

    29. KF-in-Georgia on said:

      The narration is excellent. And, of course, the book is a classic, with vivid, gorgeous writing. The opening paragraph is justifiably famous:So gorgeous was the spectacle on the May morning of 1910 when nine kings rode in the funeral of Edward VII of England that the crowd, waiting in hushed and black-clad awe, could not keep back gasps of admiration. In scarlet and blue and green and purple, three by three the sovereigns rode through the palace gates, with plumed helmets, gold braid, crimson sa [...]

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