The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmerman Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchman’s classic histories of the First World War era
During the fateful quarter century leading up to World War I, the climax of a century of rapid, unprecedented change, a privileged few enjoyed Olympian luxury as the underclass was “heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate.” In The Proud Tower, Barbara W. Tuchman brings the era to vivid life: the decline of the Edwardian aristocracy; the Anarchists of Europe and America; Germany and its self-depicted hero, Richard Strauss; Diaghilev’s Russian ballet and Stravinsky’s music; the Dreyfus Affair; the Peace Conferences in The Hague; and the enthusiasm and tragedy of Socialism, epitomized by the assassination of Jean Jaurès on the night the Great War began and an epoch came to a close.
Praise for The Proud Tower
“[Barbara W. Tuchman’s] Pulitzer Prize–winning The Guns of August was an expert evocation of the first spasm of the 1914–1918 war. She brings the same narrative gifts and panoramic camera eye to her portrait of the antebellum world.”—Newsweek
“A rare combination of impeccable scholarship and literary polish . . . It would be impossible to read The Proud Tower without pleasure and admiration.”—The New York Times
“An exquisitely written and thoroughly engrossing work . . . The author’s knowledge and skill are so impressive that they whet the appetite for more.”—Chicago Tribune
“[Tuchman] tells her story with cool wit and warm understanding.”—Time
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The Progressive March to War
Barbara Tuchman is one to the greatest writers in the English language. Full stop! She has eludicated history is a series of books in a way that we can learn and - hopefully - become wiser. When I taught history, the course reading always including at least one of her books. And, at times, I only used her work for the required reading.
No one should go through life without learning from her, and The Proud Tower is an amazing example. Using events as stepping stones, she takes the reader from the first of three European wars, which ended with World War II. Through this, we learn the history is life marching towards a future, which we may control and steer if we act wisely.
Another gem from Tuchman
Another brilliant gem from Tuchman. I would rate it on the same level as Guns of August. Brilliantly paints a picture of pre World War I Europe but has a much broader scope than Guns or Stillwell.