In this Pulitzer Prize–winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of kings and kaisers and czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed—and how horrible it became.
Tuchman masterfully portrays this transition from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, focusing on the turning point in the year 1914, the month leading up to the war, and the first month of the war. With fine attention to detail, she reveals how and why the war started and why it could have been stopped but wasn’t, managing to make the story utterly suspenseful even when we already know the outcome.
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.
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One of the must reads on WWI
As much as I love this book, I love it best in audio format because the narrator is brilliant. Tuchman writes for the layman, so while you will understand it best with at least a rudimentary knowledge of the main players pre-WWI, you don't need to be an expert. She is outstanding at humanizing the characters that shaped this war, and you learn both what was great and terrible about those calling the shots. I highly recommend this along with her other great period piece "The Proud Tower", which covers the world that lead up to 1914.
When I bought this audiobook, I assumed that it would have multiple tracks, like other audiobooks I've purchased from iTunes. This one came in one 699 mb track. A little hard to navigate with just one gigantic track. Thank's iTunes:-((
Guns of August
One of the classics of 20th century history. Even better, Nadia May does a splendid job of not just reading Tuchman, but interpreting her. You can feel her ire rising as she describes some of thick-headed Austrian generals, pontificating French politicians and self inflated British lords. Tuchman's style of writing lends itself to being read aloud, and May seems to get into it with relish.