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Publisher Description

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.

Nadia May
hr min
October 1
Blackstone Audio

Customer Reviews

johnny1900 ,

A Wonderful Book!

If you would like to learn about how WWI was started and how the war developed into the war it became, and also be entertained at the same time, this book is for you. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to it, and would recommend it to anyone who has n interest in learning or history.

DB_ars ,

Superlative recording

This has to be the cleanest sounding audio book I've downloaded: a pleasure to listen to. Brilliant book, highly recommended....

SRosenman ,

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.

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