The Guns of August
"More dramtatic than fiction...THE GUNS OF AUGUST is a magnificent narrative--beautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained....The product of painstaking and sophisticated research."CHICAGO TRIBUNEHistorian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman has brought... show more
"More dramtatic than fiction...THE GUNS OF AUGUST is a magnificent narrative--beautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained....The product of painstaking and sophisticated research."CHICAGO TRIBUNEHistorian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman has brought to life again the people and events that led up to Worl 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 why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, THE GUNS OF AUGUST will not be forgotten.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: August 3rd 2004
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 606
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Military History
, European History
, World History
DNF @ 47%. 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 overwhel...
A very detailed, but nonetheless accessible, account of the first month of World War 1 that focuses on the military history of the main combatants. I was glad that I already had a reasonable understanding of the political situation that led to the outbreak of war as this is not the focus of the book...
While the ultimate outcome of The Great War was not decided in it's first month, the nature of the contest was as Barbara Tuchman so masterfully illustrates in "The Guns of August". From the outset Tuchman shows that all the belligerents made crucial mistakes that slowly mounted resulting the Alli...
I actually listened to the audiobook read by Naomi May, who was a great narrator. Unfortunately as interesting as the book subject was and as good as her narration was, I could not get into this book. History was never my best subject (that would be math), but I do remember bits and pieces about W...
I give up. Military history is just not my bag. I've read two thirds of the book and I just can't keep going. If I weren't listening rather than reading, I would have long since flipped to the last couple of chapters to read the author's conclusions and summary. Besides which, I have picked a reall...