Many rejoiced at the outbreak of war in 1914. Some of the most ardent and eloquent opponents of the conflict ended up supporting their governments. Most felt that the war would last only months. What followed was, of course, the worst conflict man had seen. Barbara Tuchman's history of the first three months of the war is an excellent historical ...Read MoreMany rejoiced at the outbreak of war in 1914. Some of the most ardent and eloquent opponents of the conflict ended up supporting their governments. Most felt that the war would last only months. What followed was, of course, the worst conflict man had seen. Barbara Tuchman's history of the first three months of the war is an excellent historical introduction, dealing with a forgotten part of the conflict - the war of manouevre that the European powers engaged in before beginning trench warfare that has become synonymous with the Great War. This Abacus reissue of the bestselling THE GUNS OF AUGUST is a brilliant military history, a thrilling narrative that shows the leaders, the policitians, and the generals - ordinary men who led their countries into and extraordinary war and were prepared to sacrifice their fellow countrymen.Read Less
576 pages. Softcover. Reading copy. Spine starting to crack. MILITARY. An enthralling study of the background of the events of August 1914 when the fragile structure of world order collapsed, and the doors were flung open to the nightmare realities of the 20th century. Includes an index. (Key Words: Germany, Great Britain, France, Belgium, Foreign Affairs, World War I, Military History, Pulitzer Prize Winners, World War One, Great War).
Very Good. 1976 Mass PB. Bantam Books. 575 pgs., photos, map & index. Cover has minor shelf wear & pgs. tanning. Interior has no marks, clean text & tight binding. First 30 days of WWI. Winner of a 1963 Pulitzer Prize, this profile of World War I captures the changes that took place at the turn of the 20th century, up until the tense days of the summer of 1914. Tuchman details these first several days of the conflict, paying special attention to people and events in the major capitals of Europe. She examines why the war began, as well as how it may have been prevented from occurring.
Am still reading this book. It is not an easy read. Trying to keep all the General's strait takes some time. It is interesting to see how ill prepared the French & British were for modern (that time) warfare.
Jun 21, 2012
Good histroy book
The book is a great histroy book however the author gets bogged down with too mush information of every general in the book. A shorter version of their bios would be better. The book is a long and tedious read but the information is good.
Apr 1, 2010
The 1st month of WW 1
The mistakes and the arrogance of allies and Germans alike are portrayed graphically in Ms Tuchman's review of the 1st month of Word War 1, the war that was to last 40 days. It is easy to understand why WW 1 and 2 are called one war with a 20 year hiatus between them. The issues were very much the same. A riveting read.
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