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The guns of August: the classic bestselling account of the outbreak of the First World War

The guns of August: the classic bestselling account of the outbreak of the First World War

Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim, author

The Guns of August is the narrative history of the first month of World War I. It describes the strategies of the generals, the preparation and morale of the armies of the nations at war, and the everyday problems of the field commanders

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Published London: Penguin, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: Barbara W. Tuchman
ISBN: 0241968216, 9780241968215
Note: This edition originally published: New York: Ballantine, 1994.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xxvi, 566 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm
Subject: World War, 1914-1918 Campaigns.; World War, 1914-1918 Causes.; Warfare and Defence.
Uniform Title: August 1914

Author note

Barbara Tuchman

achieved prominence as a historian withThe Zimmerman Telegramand international fame with the Pulitzer-Prize winningThe Guns of August. She is also the author ofThe Proud Tower,Stilwell and the American Experience in China(also awarded the Pulitzer Prize),A Distant MirrorandThe March of Folly. She died in 1989.The Proud TowerandThe Zimmerman Telegramare published by Penguin.


Dazzling||Magnificent. A masterpiece of the historian's art
Guardian||A brilliant achievement
Sunday Telegraph||Excellent
Wall Street Journal||A brilliant piece of military history. A writer with an impeccable sense of telling detail, Tuchman is able to evoke both the enormous pattern of tragedy and the minutiae which make it human