"The Guns of August"

Sorry I've been quiet this weekend. I've been splitting my time between writing and reading "The Guns of August" by Barbara W. Tuchman. It's a very interesting book, and I think that it will help me in the writing of "Nan" and "C&J."

Here are the Amazon.com Editorial Reviews:

Editorial Reviews
Book Description
"More dramtatic than fiction...THE GUNS OF AUGUST is a magnificent narrative--beautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained....The product of painstaking and sophisticated research."
Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman has brought to life again the people and events that led up to Worl War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. 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.

From the Publisher
To many people, W.W.I seems like ancient history. To me, it is the most fascinating of wars. It is when the modern world began, or, in Barbara Tuchman's opinion, when the 19th Century ended. My late Great Uncle Jimmy, a Brit, joined the Army at the age of 16 by lying that he was 18 after being encouraged to do so by a recruiter. Where did they send him? To Ireland, to train horses for the cavalry! This was the same war that saw the debut of the airplane, submarine, tank, poison gas, machine gun, flamethrower, and hand grenade!

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning history, Tuchman writes about the turning point of the year 1914--the month leading up to the war and the first month of the war. 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 is masterful at portraying this abrupt change from 19th to 20th Century. And how she manages to make the story utterly suspenseful, when we already know the outcome, is the mark of a great writer, and a classic volume of history.
1 Response
  1. Beatle Chic Says:

    Wow! Sounds like a book I have to get! The Great War (aka WWI) is my all time fave war. (Sounds crazy, I know, but I'm a history minor. . .what else can I say?) I love the early 1900s and the decades that follow. It really does show how that time period is connected to this day and time. It's modern history and warfare. Very related. Guess I'll have to make a stop at the book store or library and get it. Thanks for sharing, Adrienne!