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The Resource The guns of August ; : The proud tower, Barbara W. Tuchman ; Margaret MacMillan, editor

The guns of August ; : The proud tower, Barbara W. Tuchman ; Margaret MacMillan, editor

Label
The guns of August ; : The proud tower
Title
The guns of August ;
Title remainder
The proud tower
Statement of responsibility
Barbara W. Tuchman ; Margaret MacMillan, editor
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • The Guns of August (1962), a riveting account of the outbreak of World War I and the weeks of fighting leading up to the First Battle of the Marne in September 1914. Tuchman dramatizes the diplomatic debacles that precipitated the war and the intransigence of the German and French armies as they dogmatically adhered to their battle plans, with disastrous consequences. Interwoven with her vivid re-creation of the German march through Belgium into France and the fierce fighting on the Eastern Front are astute characterizations of the conflict's key military and political leaders, among them French General Joseph Joffre, German Kaiser Wilhelm II, and British First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill. The Guns of August can also be read as a cautionary study in the perils of brinksmanship, and Tuchman's searching observations about the irrational escalation of conflict among states made a deep impression on President John F. Kennedy, who famously drew on the book for insight during the Cuban Missile Crisis."--Dust jacket flap
  • "The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 (1966). [Tuchman] brings to life the disparate worlds of the self-satisfied English aristocracy and the miserable poor whose conditions gave rise to international anarchism; revisits the national madness of the Dreyfus Affair in France; considers the naiveté and cynicism of the varied participants in the international peace conferences at The Hague; mounts a dazzling foray into cultural criticism with a meditation on the operas of Richard Strauss; and creates unforgettable portraits of such political titans as Thomas B. Reed, longtime Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and French Socialist leader Jean Jaurès. Honoring the historian's ideal to envision life 'as it really was,' Tuchman paints a fin-de-siècle world 'bursting with new tensions and accumulated energies.'"--Dust jacket flap
Member of
Cataloging source
BTCTA
Dewey number
940.4144
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
D530
LC item number
.T8 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The library of America
Series volume
222
Label
The guns of August ; : The proud tower, Barbara W. Tuchman ; Margaret MacMillan, editor
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Maps on lining papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 487-507 and p. 1101-1162) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Notes
  • The
  • guns of August
  • The
  • proud tower
  • Appendix :
  • How we entered World War I
  • Chronology
  • Note on the texts
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
1257 p., [64] p. of plates
Isbn
9781598531459
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2011928609
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill., col. maps
System control number
  • ocn731911132
  • (OCoLC)731911132
Label
The guns of August ; : The proud tower, Barbara W. Tuchman ; Margaret MacMillan, editor
Publication
Note
Maps on lining papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 487-507 and p. 1101-1162) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Notes
  • The
  • guns of August
  • The
  • proud tower
  • Appendix :
  • How we entered World War I
  • Chronology
  • Note on the texts
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
1257 p., [64] p. of plates
Isbn
9781598531459
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2011928609
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill., col. maps
System control number
  • ocn731911132
  • (OCoLC)731911132

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