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The Guns of August
The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series | Barbara W. Tuchman
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prizewinning The Guns of August, and The Zimmerman Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchmans classic histories of the First World War era In this landmark, Pulitzer Prizewinning 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 world. Beginning with the funeral of Edward VII, Tuchman traces each step that led to the inevitable clash. And inevitable it was, with all sides plotting their war for a generation. Dizzyingly comprehensive and spectacularly portrayed with her famous talent for evoking the characters of the wars key players, Tuchmans magnum opus is a classic for the ages. Praise for The Guns of August A brilliant piece of military history which proves up to the hilt the force of Winston Churchills statement that the first month of World War I was a drama never surpassed.Newsweek More dramatic than fiction . . . a magnificent narrativebeautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained.Chicago Tribune A fine demonstration that with sufficient art rather specialized history can be raised to the level of literature.The New York Times [The Guns of August] has a vitality that transcends its narrative virtues, which are considerable, and its feel for characterizations, which is excellent.The Wall Street Journal From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Dostoyes
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There is so much to say about this incredible book. Tuchman took you down to the battlefields alongside the generals and soldiers, and gave you a glimpse of what happened not just on the field but in their mind. I was left gutted and speechless and in tears.

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TheSpineView
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#RememberNovember @Klou
Day 9: Joyeux Noel

Klou Awesome!!! 2y
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RamsFan1963
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It's easy to see why this won the Pulitzer in 1963. It is so detailed, engrossing and informative, dealing with the lead up and first major battles of WWI. You get the sense that the war was inevitable, even without the assassination of the Duke Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary, Germany was itching for conflict and would have found another excuse to invade France.
5 💥💥💥💥💥 Highly recommended for history buffs interested in WWI.

MsMelissa I‘ve had this book forever, but have yet to read it. My husband is always reading about or watching documentaries on the two world wars (he‘s a historian), and we have bookshelves full of books on them, but this is one of the only non-fiction books on the subject of WWI that I bought on my own without his input 😂 I really should read it! 2y
Crazeedi This is a book I've always meant to read, bow I definitely need to, thanks 2y
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RamsFan1963
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1. The Lazarus Gate, The Guns of August, The American Story
2. Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty
3. Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Trace
Pickpick

Easy to see why this masterpiece won a Pulitzer.

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alexa_d
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*mic drop*

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alexa_d
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The last chapter was mostly about the first week of September, one star 😉

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Debblyliz
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I‘m a bit of a sucker for history books of World War One and this book did not disappoint. The book starts with the events which lead to war and the first few battles. Intricate and well researched! https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2018/07/21/my-review-of-the-guns-of-a...

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Wannabe_Quijote
The guns of August | Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
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Panpan

I bailed on this one once, and came back around to finish it. Full of information...but so boring!!

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Susanita
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Today‘s locale! #NationalBookFestival

But first, #AugustWrapup #Augustisatrip

-Where the Heart Is (Billie Letts) #beachread
-The Girl in the Tower (Katherine Arden) #sequel
-This Is How It Always Is (Laurie Frankel) #LGBTQIA
-When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi) #posthumous
-I Am the Only Running Footman (Martha Grimes) #mystery

For one day thanks to #24B4Monday I was caught up with the pace for my #Goodreads goal, but I‘m not worried!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 4y
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Carissa-Green-Reads
The guns of August | Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
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Arguments can always be found to turn desire into policy.

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AshleyHoss820
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Day 13: #Militia
You want war novels? I gotchu! This is my niche! And these aren‘t even all that I own...it‘s just all that I wanted to bring out...Look at my tattered-ass copy of Farewell to Arms in all its glory! 😍😍😍
#150PnPCoverParty
Underdogs; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen; Suite Francais; A Farewell to Arms; Ben Hur; *tagged book*; The Three Musketeers; Tirant lo Blanc; 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

AshleyHoss820 Gone with the Wind; Captain Corelli‘s Mandolin; Birdsong; The Birds Fall Down 5y
CrowCAH Wow such a neat collection to have! 😁 5y
AshleyHoss820 @CrowCAH Thank you!! 😊😊😊 5y
LeahBergen I love a war novel. Suite Francaise tore my heart out. 5y
AshleyHoss820 @LeahBergen I do too! I haven‘t read Suite Francais yet but I‘m looking forward to it!! 5y
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Mcoun
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Mehso-so

It took me awhile, but I‘ve finally finished this book. World War I is an historical period that I am interested in, but more from a political than a military standpoint. The battles and military maneuvers that made up most of this book largely escaped me. I‘m also reading All Quiet on the Western Front. Hopefully, that will hold my interest better.

Beckys_Books I think this is a fascinating period of history. I prefer reading about WWI than WWII. 5y
Bradleygirl I tried but haven't been able to finish this one yet. AQOTWF is for sure more personal. 5y
alisahar Highly recommend this one for an excellent WWI book. It focuses a lot on those who opposed the war and suffered terrible personal consequences for doing so and those who sold out their principles to support it. Anything by this author is worth the read. (edited) 5y
Mcoun Thanks @alisahar, I‘ll check it out! That sounds more like my style. 5y
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RealLifeReading
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Posting this for any new Littens who would like to join. Use the #anditsaugust hashtag and please tag me so I can see what you're up to.
And thanks everyone who has been playing along - apologies as I haven't been too active this month. Hard to do this when I don't have my books with me 😂

Liatrek Lol! The last few times I traveled I checked the challenges and took pics before I left 😊 5y
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mdbstar12
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Thanks to the #popsugarreadingchallenge for getting me to pick this one up! Fascinating to learn how one month in 1914 shaped the actions of the next 4 years and completely shifted the course of history!

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writerlibrarian
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As Paris 1919 was the making of peace after the Great War, Barbara Tuchman's brilliant book is the beginning of it. It's ironically a page turner even if we definitely know how it turns out. She has a way with making the principal, secondary and unknown players in this tragedy alive and real. #maybookflowers #war

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eraderneely
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Tattered Cover book marks are some of my favorites.

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Bibliotini
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My son William, while restacking a pile of my books he knocked over: "do you only read sad books because these all look pretty sad."

TrishB My kids are always asking me that as I blub in the corner! 😀 6y
JoeStalksBeck ❤❤❤❤ 6y
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GoneFishing

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...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...Together they represented seventy nations in the greatest assemblage of royalty and rank ever gathered in one place and, of its kind, the last.

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Eugeniavb
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Heard great things and I've read a lot over the years about WWII, so I felt I needed more info on the beginning of it all (the Great War or WWI). All the historical background and decisions leading to it as well as the end are quite interesting. Some of the trenches and flanks talk, not so much.

MrBook Wonderful! 6y
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