The Guns of August

The Guns of August

Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman has brought to life again the people and events that led up to World 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 how it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical s Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman has brought to life again the people and events that led up t...

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Title:The Guns of August
Author:Barbara W. Tuchman
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The Guns of August Reviews

  • Trevor
    Apr 25, 2009

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

  • Gail
    Aug 05, 2008

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

    I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and thi...

    Phew, this was a difficult book to digest in the audiobook format. Neither is it easy to digest in a paper book format. It is dense. It is detailed. Names and places and battles are thrown at you in rapid succession. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and it...

    The Guns of August which I read in September ?Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.? ? Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August What an amazing piece of historical writing. Tuchman shows how August, 2014 was impacted by two fail...

    "Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip, and Germans no less than other peoples prepare for the last war." - Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August. In her Pulitzer-Prize winning classic The Guns of August, the story of the first month of Wor...

    I used to repeat the common wisdom that if only the WWI reparations hadn?t been imposed on Germany, there would have been no WWII. Now I understand that it would have been impossible to convince the Allies that the reparations weren?t necessary. On August 25 the burning of Louva...

    In the 19th Century Henry David Thoreau eloquently stated: ?I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.? In...

    This book came highly recommended and I can now see why. Tuchman really brings the war to life, which is quite a harrowing experience, I have to say. This book would be a great starting point for any serious would-be-scholar of the First World War and has just the right general overvie...

    As always, Barbara W. Tuchman delves deeply into the historical subject matter. This book is about the First World War, its causes, the conduct of it, and the results. I see that what I've just written in the preceding sentence doesn't sound inviting; it comes off as dry and uninterest...

    Nope. Maybe it is this particular audiobook version, but I'm really not feeling the love for this book. With The Guns of August, Tuchman wrote this incredibly detailed account of the first month of WWI - and the detail is staggering, so much so that it might even be somewhat overwhe...

    This was the first non-fiction history book that read so much like a good novel that I screamed through it almost without pausing for breath. I knew bits and pieces about World War I before this... but the persistent idiocy of so many involved simply held me riveted to the pages. One o...

    I don't like technical books about military maneuvers--all that blather about Colonel Blimp, General von Bomb-them-all, and Prince Icantmakeupmymind, and the 5th Army Group attacks the XVI Corps on the right salient---yawn... Welcome to a book that makes all this nearly understandable...

  • Diane
    Jan 02, 2017

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

  • Paul Bryant
    May 07, 2009

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

  • Charissa
    Oct 22, 2007

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

    I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and thi...

    Phew, this was a difficult book to digest in the audiobook format. Neither is it easy to digest in a paper book format. It is dense. It is detailed. Names and places and battles are thrown at you in rapid succession. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and it...

    The Guns of August which I read in September ?Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.? ? Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August What an amazing piece of historical writing. Tuchman shows how August, 2014 was impacted by two fail...

    "Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip, and Germans no less than other peoples prepare for the last war." - Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August. In her Pulitzer-Prize winning classic The Guns of August, the story of the first month of Wor...

    I used to repeat the common wisdom that if only the WWI reparations hadn?t been imposed on Germany, there would have been no WWII. Now I understand that it would have been impossible to convince the Allies that the reparations weren?t necessary. On August 25 the burning of Louva...

    In the 19th Century Henry David Thoreau eloquently stated: ?I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.? In...

    This book came highly recommended and I can now see why. Tuchman really brings the war to life, which is quite a harrowing experience, I have to say. This book would be a great starting point for any serious would-be-scholar of the First World War and has just the right general overvie...

    As always, Barbara W. Tuchman delves deeply into the historical subject matter. This book is about the First World War, its causes, the conduct of it, and the results. I see that what I've just written in the preceding sentence doesn't sound inviting; it comes off as dry and uninterest...

    Nope. Maybe it is this particular audiobook version, but I'm really not feeling the love for this book. With The Guns of August, Tuchman wrote this incredibly detailed account of the first month of WWI - and the detail is staggering, so much so that it might even be somewhat overwhe...

    This was the first non-fiction history book that read so much like a good novel that I screamed through it almost without pausing for breath. I knew bits and pieces about World War I before this... but the persistent idiocy of so many involved simply held me riveted to the pages. One o...

  • John
    Sep 22, 2008

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

    I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and thi...

    Phew, this was a difficult book to digest in the audiobook format. Neither is it easy to digest in a paper book format. It is dense. It is detailed. Names and places and battles are thrown at you in rapid succession. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and it...

    The Guns of August which I read in September ?Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.? ? Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August What an amazing piece of historical writing. Tuchman shows how August, 2014 was impacted by two fail...

    "Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip, and Germans no less than other peoples prepare for the last war." - Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August. In her Pulitzer-Prize winning classic The Guns of August, the story of the first month of Wor...

    I used to repeat the common wisdom that if only the WWI reparations hadn?t been imposed on Germany, there would have been no WWII. Now I understand that it would have been impossible to convince the Allies that the reparations weren?t necessary. On August 25 the burning of Louva...

    In the 19th Century Henry David Thoreau eloquently stated: ?I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.? In...

    This book came highly recommended and I can now see why. Tuchman really brings the war to life, which is quite a harrowing experience, I have to say. This book would be a great starting point for any serious would-be-scholar of the First World War and has just the right general overvie...

    As always, Barbara W. Tuchman delves deeply into the historical subject matter. This book is about the First World War, its causes, the conduct of it, and the results. I see that what I've just written in the preceding sentence doesn't sound inviting; it comes off as dry and uninterest...

    Nope. Maybe it is this particular audiobook version, but I'm really not feeling the love for this book. With The Guns of August, Tuchman wrote this incredibly detailed account of the first month of WWI - and the detail is staggering, so much so that it might even be somewhat overwhe...

    This was the first non-fiction history book that read so much like a good novel that I screamed through it almost without pausing for breath. I knew bits and pieces about World War I before this... but the persistent idiocy of so many involved simply held me riveted to the pages. One o...

    I don't like technical books about military maneuvers--all that blather about Colonel Blimp, General von Bomb-them-all, and Prince Icantmakeupmymind, and the 5th Army Group attacks the XVI Corps on the right salient---yawn... Welcome to a book that makes all this nearly understandable...

    Barbara Tuchman did not have a PHD, ?It?s what saved me, I think? she said, believing that academic life can stultify imagination, stifle enthusiasm and deaden prose style. After all, Herodotus, Thucydides, Gibbon, Mac Cauley and Parkman did not have PhD?s.? Her dealings with...

  • Chrissie
    Jul 06, 2013

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

    I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and thi...

    Phew, this was a difficult book to digest in the audiobook format. Neither is it easy to digest in a paper book format. It is dense. It is detailed. Names and places and battles are thrown at you in rapid succession. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and it...

  • Silvana
    Aug 18, 2008

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

    I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and thi...

    Phew, this was a difficult book to digest in the audiobook format. Neither is it easy to digest in a paper book format. It is dense. It is detailed. Names and places and battles are thrown at you in rapid succession. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and it...

    The Guns of August which I read in September ?Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.? ? Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August What an amazing piece of historical writing. Tuchman shows how August, 2014 was impacted by two fail...

    "Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip, and Germans no less than other peoples prepare for the last war." - Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August. In her Pulitzer-Prize winning classic The Guns of August, the story of the first month of Wor...

    I used to repeat the common wisdom that if only the WWI reparations hadn?t been imposed on Germany, there would have been no WWII. Now I understand that it would have been impossible to convince the Allies that the reparations weren?t necessary. On August 25 the burning of Louva...

    In the 19th Century Henry David Thoreau eloquently stated: ?I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.? In...

    This book came highly recommended and I can now see why. Tuchman really brings the war to life, which is quite a harrowing experience, I have to say. This book would be a great starting point for any serious would-be-scholar of the First World War and has just the right general overvie...

    As always, Barbara W. Tuchman delves deeply into the historical subject matter. This book is about the First World War, its causes, the conduct of it, and the results. I see that what I've just written in the preceding sentence doesn't sound inviting; it comes off as dry and uninterest...

    Nope. Maybe it is this particular audiobook version, but I'm really not feeling the love for this book. With The Guns of August, Tuchman wrote this incredibly detailed account of the first month of WWI - and the detail is staggering, so much so that it might even be somewhat overwhe...

    This was the first non-fiction history book that read so much like a good novel that I screamed through it almost without pausing for breath. I knew bits and pieces about World War I before this... but the persistent idiocy of so many involved simply held me riveted to the pages. One o...

    I don't like technical books about military maneuvers--all that blather about Colonel Blimp, General von Bomb-them-all, and Prince Icantmakeupmymind, and the 5th Army Group attacks the XVI Corps on the right salient---yawn... Welcome to a book that makes all this nearly understandable...

    Barbara Tuchman did not have a PHD, ?It?s what saved me, I think? she said, believing that academic life can stultify imagination, stifle enthusiasm and deaden prose style. After all, Herodotus, Thucydides, Gibbon, Mac Cauley and Parkman did not have PhD?s.? Her dealings with...

    "The Guns of August" gives an account of the events leading up to the outbreak of World War I, and the first month of battles in August 1914. The writing is colorful and very dense. Some basic knowledge of World War I is helpful since Barbara Tuchman throws out the names of the main pl...

    The Guns of August is the best researched book I?ve ever read so far with such poised and skillful narrative style. Tuchman managed to entertain her readers with vivid, incredible details about the prelude to the first thirty days of World War I. She never cease in captivating our mi...

  • KF-in-Georgia
    Jan 22, 2012

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

    I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and thi...

    Phew, this was a difficult book to digest in the audiobook format. Neither is it easy to digest in a paper book format. It is dense. It is detailed. Names and places and battles are thrown at you in rapid succession. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and it...

    The Guns of August which I read in September ?Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.? ? Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August What an amazing piece of historical writing. Tuchman shows how August, 2014 was impacted by two fail...

    "Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip, and Germans no less than other peoples prepare for the last war." - Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August. In her Pulitzer-Prize winning classic The Guns of August, the story of the first month of Wor...

    I used to repeat the common wisdom that if only the WWI reparations hadn?t been imposed on Germany, there would have been no WWII. Now I understand that it would have been impossible to convince the Allies that the reparations weren?t necessary. On August 25 the burning of Louva...

    In the 19th Century Henry David Thoreau eloquently stated: ?I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.? In...

    This book came highly recommended and I can now see why. Tuchman really brings the war to life, which is quite a harrowing experience, I have to say. This book would be a great starting point for any serious would-be-scholar of the First World War and has just the right general overvie...

    As always, Barbara W. Tuchman delves deeply into the historical subject matter. This book is about the First World War, its causes, the conduct of it, and the results. I see that what I've just written in the preceding sentence doesn't sound inviting; it comes off as dry and uninterest...

    Nope. Maybe it is this particular audiobook version, but I'm really not feeling the love for this book. With The Guns of August, Tuchman wrote this incredibly detailed account of the first month of WWI - and the detail is staggering, so much so that it might even be somewhat overwhe...

    This was the first non-fiction history book that read so much like a good novel that I screamed through it almost without pausing for breath. I knew bits and pieces about World War I before this... but the persistent idiocy of so many involved simply held me riveted to the pages. One o...

    I don't like technical books about military maneuvers--all that blather about Colonel Blimp, General von Bomb-them-all, and Prince Icantmakeupmymind, and the 5th Army Group attacks the XVI Corps on the right salient---yawn... Welcome to a book that makes all this nearly understandable...

    Barbara Tuchman did not have a PHD, ?It?s what saved me, I think? she said, believing that academic life can stultify imagination, stifle enthusiasm and deaden prose style. After all, Herodotus, Thucydides, Gibbon, Mac Cauley and Parkman did not have PhD?s.? Her dealings with...

    "The Guns of August" gives an account of the events leading up to the outbreak of World War I, and the first month of battles in August 1914. The writing is colorful and very dense. Some basic knowledge of World War I is helpful since Barbara Tuchman throws out the names of the main pl...

    The Guns of August is the best researched book I?ve ever read so far with such poised and skillful narrative style. Tuchman managed to entertain her readers with vivid, incredible details about the prelude to the first thirty days of World War I. She never cease in captivating our mi...

    The Guns of August is a class act, not only as a military history, but also as an analysis of human and organizational behavior. What drives us? What motivates us? Well, primarily an unwillingness to confront hard problems and the need to get promoted at our jobs. Maybe it's the same w...

    It's been a long while since I read a book about the First World War, but I've read many and was always going to find my way back to its histories in this Centennial period of the conflict. The one book I had long wanted to read but had never gotten around to was Barbara W. Tuchman's T...

    My knowledge up to this year about WOI could be condensed in: my country was "neutral" in this conflict, it was trenchwarfare and in a sense the first act in the social change coming in the 20th century. When it came to content I really never learned anything about this period. While r...

    No voy a valorar este libro con estrellitas, y voy a explicar el porqué: porque desde el punto de vista de su calidad intrínseca, la ingente documentación que tiene detrás, el elevadísimo nivel de detalle y el grado de análisis de todas y cada una de las acciones que tuvieron lug...

    The narration is excellent. And, of course, the book is a classic, with vivid, gorgeous writing. The opening paragraph is justifiably famous: So gorgeous was the spectacle on the May morning of 1910 when nine kings rode in the funeral of Edward VII of England that the crowd, waiting...

  • Brad
    May 23, 2016

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

    I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and thi...

    Phew, this was a difficult book to digest in the audiobook format. Neither is it easy to digest in a paper book format. It is dense. It is detailed. Names and places and battles are thrown at you in rapid succession. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and it...

    The Guns of August which I read in September ?Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.? ? Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August What an amazing piece of historical writing. Tuchman shows how August, 2014 was impacted by two fail...

    "Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip, and Germans no less than other peoples prepare for the last war." - Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August. In her Pulitzer-Prize winning classic The Guns of August, the story of the first month of Wor...

    I used to repeat the common wisdom that if only the WWI reparations hadn?t been imposed on Germany, there would have been no WWII. Now I understand that it would have been impossible to convince the Allies that the reparations weren?t necessary. On August 25 the burning of Louva...

    In the 19th Century Henry David Thoreau eloquently stated: ?I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.? In...

    This book came highly recommended and I can now see why. Tuchman really brings the war to life, which is quite a harrowing experience, I have to say. This book would be a great starting point for any serious would-be-scholar of the First World War and has just the right general overvie...

    As always, Barbara W. Tuchman delves deeply into the historical subject matter. This book is about the First World War, its causes, the conduct of it, and the results. I see that what I've just written in the preceding sentence doesn't sound inviting; it comes off as dry and uninterest...

    Nope. Maybe it is this particular audiobook version, but I'm really not feeling the love for this book. With The Guns of August, Tuchman wrote this incredibly detailed account of the first month of WWI - and the detail is staggering, so much so that it might even be somewhat overwhe...

    This was the first non-fiction history book that read so much like a good novel that I screamed through it almost without pausing for breath. I knew bits and pieces about World War I before this... but the persistent idiocy of so many involved simply held me riveted to the pages. One o...

    I don't like technical books about military maneuvers--all that blather about Colonel Blimp, General von Bomb-them-all, and Prince Icantmakeupmymind, and the 5th Army Group attacks the XVI Corps on the right salient---yawn... Welcome to a book that makes all this nearly understandable...

    Barbara Tuchman did not have a PHD, ?It?s what saved me, I think? she said, believing that academic life can stultify imagination, stifle enthusiasm and deaden prose style. After all, Herodotus, Thucydides, Gibbon, Mac Cauley and Parkman did not have PhD?s.? Her dealings with...

    "The Guns of August" gives an account of the events leading up to the outbreak of World War I, and the first month of battles in August 1914. The writing is colorful and very dense. Some basic knowledge of World War I is helpful since Barbara Tuchman throws out the names of the main pl...

    The Guns of August is the best researched book I?ve ever read so far with such poised and skillful narrative style. Tuchman managed to entertain her readers with vivid, incredible details about the prelude to the first thirty days of World War I. She never cease in captivating our mi...

    The Guns of August is a class act, not only as a military history, but also as an analysis of human and organizational behavior. What drives us? What motivates us? Well, primarily an unwillingness to confront hard problems and the need to get promoted at our jobs. Maybe it's the same w...

    It's been a long while since I read a book about the First World War, but I've read many and was always going to find my way back to its histories in this Centennial period of the conflict. The one book I had long wanted to read but had never gotten around to was Barbara W. Tuchman's T...

  • Matt
    Jun 29, 2016

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

  • Stephen
    Aug 27, 2008

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

  • Lobstergirl
    Jan 15, 2009

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

  • Gadi
    Jul 01, 2012

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

    I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and thi...

  • Kalliope
    Jun 08, 2012

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

  • Sue
    Apr 24, 2013

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

  • howl of minerva
    Aug 22, 2015

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

  • Caroline
    Apr 28, 2015

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

    I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and thi...

    Phew, this was a difficult book to digest in the audiobook format. Neither is it easy to digest in a paper book format. It is dense. It is detailed. Names and places and battles are thrown at you in rapid succession. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and it...

    The Guns of August which I read in September ?Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.? ? Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August What an amazing piece of historical writing. Tuchman shows how August, 2014 was impacted by two fail...

    "Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip, and Germans no less than other peoples prepare for the last war." - Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August. In her Pulitzer-Prize winning classic The Guns of August, the story of the first month of Wor...

    I used to repeat the common wisdom that if only the WWI reparations hadn?t been imposed on Germany, there would have been no WWII. Now I understand that it would have been impossible to convince the Allies that the reparations weren?t necessary. On August 25 the burning of Louva...

  • Connie
    Jan 16, 2015

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

    I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and thi...

    Phew, this was a difficult book to digest in the audiobook format. Neither is it easy to digest in a paper book format. It is dense. It is detailed. Names and places and battles are thrown at you in rapid succession. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and it...

    The Guns of August which I read in September ?Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.? ? Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August What an amazing piece of historical writing. Tuchman shows how August, 2014 was impacted by two fail...

    "Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip, and Germans no less than other peoples prepare for the last war." - Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August. In her Pulitzer-Prize winning classic The Guns of August, the story of the first month of Wor...

    I used to repeat the common wisdom that if only the WWI reparations hadn?t been imposed on Germany, there would have been no WWII. Now I understand that it would have been impossible to convince the Allies that the reparations weren?t necessary. On August 25 the burning of Louva...

    In the 19th Century Henry David Thoreau eloquently stated: ?I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.? In...

    This book came highly recommended and I can now see why. Tuchman really brings the war to life, which is quite a harrowing experience, I have to say. This book would be a great starting point for any serious would-be-scholar of the First World War and has just the right general overvie...

    As always, Barbara W. Tuchman delves deeply into the historical subject matter. This book is about the First World War, its causes, the conduct of it, and the results. I see that what I've just written in the preceding sentence doesn't sound inviting; it comes off as dry and uninterest...

    Nope. Maybe it is this particular audiobook version, but I'm really not feeling the love for this book. With The Guns of August, Tuchman wrote this incredibly detailed account of the first month of WWI - and the detail is staggering, so much so that it might even be somewhat overwhe...

    This was the first non-fiction history book that read so much like a good novel that I screamed through it almost without pausing for breath. I knew bits and pieces about World War I before this... but the persistent idiocy of so many involved simply held me riveted to the pages. One o...

    I don't like technical books about military maneuvers--all that blather about Colonel Blimp, General von Bomb-them-all, and Prince Icantmakeupmymind, and the 5th Army Group attacks the XVI Corps on the right salient---yawn... Welcome to a book that makes all this nearly understandable...

    Barbara Tuchman did not have a PHD, ?It?s what saved me, I think? she said, believing that academic life can stultify imagination, stifle enthusiasm and deaden prose style. After all, Herodotus, Thucydides, Gibbon, Mac Cauley and Parkman did not have PhD?s.? Her dealings with...

    "The Guns of August" gives an account of the events leading up to the outbreak of World War I, and the first month of battles in August 1914. The writing is colorful and very dense. Some basic knowledge of World War I is helpful since Barbara Tuchman throws out the names of the main pl...

  • Clark Zlotchew
    Sep 05, 2011

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

    I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and thi...

    Phew, this was a difficult book to digest in the audiobook format. Neither is it easy to digest in a paper book format. It is dense. It is detailed. Names and places and battles are thrown at you in rapid succession. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and it...

    The Guns of August which I read in September ?Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.? ? Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August What an amazing piece of historical writing. Tuchman shows how August, 2014 was impacted by two fail...

    "Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip, and Germans no less than other peoples prepare for the last war." - Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August. In her Pulitzer-Prize winning classic The Guns of August, the story of the first month of Wor...

    I used to repeat the common wisdom that if only the WWI reparations hadn?t been imposed on Germany, there would have been no WWII. Now I understand that it would have been impossible to convince the Allies that the reparations weren?t necessary. On August 25 the burning of Louva...

    In the 19th Century Henry David Thoreau eloquently stated: ?I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.? In...

    This book came highly recommended and I can now see why. Tuchman really brings the war to life, which is quite a harrowing experience, I have to say. This book would be a great starting point for any serious would-be-scholar of the First World War and has just the right general overvie...

    As always, Barbara W. Tuchman delves deeply into the historical subject matter. This book is about the First World War, its causes, the conduct of it, and the results. I see that what I've just written in the preceding sentence doesn't sound inviting; it comes off as dry and uninterest...

  • Mark
    Oct 09, 2013

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

    I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and thi...

    Phew, this was a difficult book to digest in the audiobook format. Neither is it easy to digest in a paper book format. It is dense. It is detailed. Names and places and battles are thrown at you in rapid succession. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and it...

    The Guns of August which I read in September ?Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.? ? Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August What an amazing piece of historical writing. Tuchman shows how August, 2014 was impacted by two fail...

    "Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip, and Germans no less than other peoples prepare for the last war." - Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August. In her Pulitzer-Prize winning classic The Guns of August, the story of the first month of Wor...

    I used to repeat the common wisdom that if only the WWI reparations hadn?t been imposed on Germany, there would have been no WWII. Now I understand that it would have been impossible to convince the Allies that the reparations weren?t necessary. On August 25 the burning of Louva...

    In the 19th Century Henry David Thoreau eloquently stated: ?I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.? In...

    This book came highly recommended and I can now see why. Tuchman really brings the war to life, which is quite a harrowing experience, I have to say. This book would be a great starting point for any serious would-be-scholar of the First World War and has just the right general overvie...

    As always, Barbara W. Tuchman delves deeply into the historical subject matter. This book is about the First World War, its causes, the conduct of it, and the results. I see that what I've just written in the preceding sentence doesn't sound inviting; it comes off as dry and uninterest...

    Nope. Maybe it is this particular audiobook version, but I'm really not feeling the love for this book. With The Guns of August, Tuchman wrote this incredibly detailed account of the first month of WWI - and the detail is staggering, so much so that it might even be somewhat overwhe...

    This was the first non-fiction history book that read so much like a good novel that I screamed through it almost without pausing for breath. I knew bits and pieces about World War I before this... but the persistent idiocy of so many involved simply held me riveted to the pages. One o...

    I don't like technical books about military maneuvers--all that blather about Colonel Blimp, General von Bomb-them-all, and Prince Icantmakeupmymind, and the 5th Army Group attacks the XVI Corps on the right salient---yawn... Welcome to a book that makes all this nearly understandable...

    Barbara Tuchman did not have a PHD, ?It?s what saved me, I think? she said, believing that academic life can stultify imagination, stifle enthusiasm and deaden prose style. After all, Herodotus, Thucydides, Gibbon, Mac Cauley and Parkman did not have PhD?s.? Her dealings with...

    "The Guns of August" gives an account of the events leading up to the outbreak of World War I, and the first month of battles in August 1914. The writing is colorful and very dense. Some basic knowledge of World War I is helpful since Barbara Tuchman throws out the names of the main pl...

    The Guns of August is the best researched book I?ve ever read so far with such poised and skillful narrative style. Tuchman managed to entertain her readers with vivid, incredible details about the prelude to the first thirty days of World War I. She never cease in captivating our mi...

    The Guns of August is a class act, not only as a military history, but also as an analysis of human and organizational behavior. What drives us? What motivates us? Well, primarily an unwillingness to confront hard problems and the need to get promoted at our jobs. Maybe it's the same w...

    It's been a long while since I read a book about the First World War, but I've read many and was always going to find my way back to its histories in this Centennial period of the conflict. The one book I had long wanted to read but had never gotten around to was Barbara W. Tuchman's T...

    My knowledge up to this year about WOI could be condensed in: my country was "neutral" in this conflict, it was trenchwarfare and in a sense the first act in the social change coming in the 20th century. When it came to content I really never learned anything about this period. While r...

  • Mark Mortensen
    Jan 07, 2014

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

    I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and thi...

    Phew, this was a difficult book to digest in the audiobook format. Neither is it easy to digest in a paper book format. It is dense. It is detailed. Names and places and battles are thrown at you in rapid succession. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and it...

    The Guns of August which I read in September ?Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.? ? Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August What an amazing piece of historical writing. Tuchman shows how August, 2014 was impacted by two fail...

    "Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip, and Germans no less than other peoples prepare for the last war." - Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August. In her Pulitzer-Prize winning classic The Guns of August, the story of the first month of Wor...

    I used to repeat the common wisdom that if only the WWI reparations hadn?t been imposed on Germany, there would have been no WWII. Now I understand that it would have been impossible to convince the Allies that the reparations weren?t necessary. On August 25 the burning of Louva...

    In the 19th Century Henry David Thoreau eloquently stated: ?I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.? In...

  • Evan Leach
    Feb 22, 2013

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

    I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and thi...

    Phew, this was a difficult book to digest in the audiobook format. Neither is it easy to digest in a paper book format. It is dense. It is detailed. Names and places and battles are thrown at you in rapid succession. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and it...

    The Guns of August which I read in September ?Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.? ? Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August What an amazing piece of historical writing. Tuchman shows how August, 2014 was impacted by two fail...

    "Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip, and Germans no less than other peoples prepare for the last war." - Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August. In her Pulitzer-Prize winning classic The Guns of August, the story of the first month of Wor...

  • Rebecca Wilson
    Dec 04, 2015

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

    I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and thi...

    Phew, this was a difficult book to digest in the audiobook format. Neither is it easy to digest in a paper book format. It is dense. It is detailed. Names and places and battles are thrown at you in rapid succession. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and it...

    The Guns of August which I read in September ?Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.? ? Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August What an amazing piece of historical writing. Tuchman shows how August, 2014 was impacted by two fail...

    "Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip, and Germans no less than other peoples prepare for the last war." - Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August. In her Pulitzer-Prize winning classic The Guns of August, the story of the first month of Wor...

    I used to repeat the common wisdom that if only the WWI reparations hadn?t been imposed on Germany, there would have been no WWII. Now I understand that it would have been impossible to convince the Allies that the reparations weren?t necessary. On August 25 the burning of Louva...

    In the 19th Century Henry David Thoreau eloquently stated: ?I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.? In...

    This book came highly recommended and I can now see why. Tuchman really brings the war to life, which is quite a harrowing experience, I have to say. This book would be a great starting point for any serious would-be-scholar of the First World War and has just the right general overvie...

    As always, Barbara W. Tuchman delves deeply into the historical subject matter. This book is about the First World War, its causes, the conduct of it, and the results. I see that what I've just written in the preceding sentence doesn't sound inviting; it comes off as dry and uninterest...

    Nope. Maybe it is this particular audiobook version, but I'm really not feeling the love for this book. With The Guns of August, Tuchman wrote this incredibly detailed account of the first month of WWI - and the detail is staggering, so much so that it might even be somewhat overwhe...

    This was the first non-fiction history book that read so much like a good novel that I screamed through it almost without pausing for breath. I knew bits and pieces about World War I before this... but the persistent idiocy of so many involved simply held me riveted to the pages. One o...

    I don't like technical books about military maneuvers--all that blather about Colonel Blimp, General von Bomb-them-all, and Prince Icantmakeupmymind, and the 5th Army Group attacks the XVI Corps on the right salient---yawn... Welcome to a book that makes all this nearly understandable...

    Barbara Tuchman did not have a PHD, ?It?s what saved me, I think? she said, believing that academic life can stultify imagination, stifle enthusiasm and deaden prose style. After all, Herodotus, Thucydides, Gibbon, Mac Cauley and Parkman did not have PhD?s.? Her dealings with...

    "The Guns of August" gives an account of the events leading up to the outbreak of World War I, and the first month of battles in August 1914. The writing is colorful and very dense. Some basic knowledge of World War I is helpful since Barbara Tuchman throws out the names of the main pl...

    The Guns of August is the best researched book I?ve ever read so far with such poised and skillful narrative style. Tuchman managed to entertain her readers with vivid, incredible details about the prelude to the first thirty days of World War I. She never cease in captivating our mi...

    The Guns of August is a class act, not only as a military history, but also as an analysis of human and organizational behavior. What drives us? What motivates us? Well, primarily an unwillingness to confront hard problems and the need to get promoted at our jobs. Maybe it's the same w...

  • BrokenTune
    Nov 14, 2014

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

    I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and thi...

    Phew, this was a difficult book to digest in the audiobook format. Neither is it easy to digest in a paper book format. It is dense. It is detailed. Names and places and battles are thrown at you in rapid succession. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and it...

    The Guns of August which I read in September ?Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.? ? Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August What an amazing piece of historical writing. Tuchman shows how August, 2014 was impacted by two fail...

    "Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip, and Germans no less than other peoples prepare for the last war." - Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August. In her Pulitzer-Prize winning classic The Guns of August, the story of the first month of Wor...

    I used to repeat the common wisdom that if only the WWI reparations hadn?t been imposed on Germany, there would have been no WWII. Now I understand that it would have been impossible to convince the Allies that the reparations weren?t necessary. On August 25 the burning of Louva...

    In the 19th Century Henry David Thoreau eloquently stated: ?I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.? In...

    This book came highly recommended and I can now see why. Tuchman really brings the war to life, which is quite a harrowing experience, I have to say. This book would be a great starting point for any serious would-be-scholar of the First World War and has just the right general overvie...

    As always, Barbara W. Tuchman delves deeply into the historical subject matter. This book is about the First World War, its causes, the conduct of it, and the results. I see that what I've just written in the preceding sentence doesn't sound inviting; it comes off as dry and uninterest...

    Nope. Maybe it is this particular audiobook version, but I'm really not feeling the love for this book. With The Guns of August, Tuchman wrote this incredibly detailed account of the first month of WWI - and the detail is staggering, so much so that it might even be somewhat overwhe...

  • Lynne King
    Jan 19, 2018

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

  • Lilo
    Apr 16, 2013

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

  • Darwin8u
    Sep 22, 2014

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

    I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and thi...

    Phew, this was a difficult book to digest in the audiobook format. Neither is it easy to digest in a paper book format. It is dense. It is detailed. Names and places and battles are thrown at you in rapid succession. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and it...

    The Guns of August which I read in September ?Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.? ? Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August What an amazing piece of historical writing. Tuchman shows how August, 2014 was impacted by two fail...

  • Javier C
    Nov 14, 2017

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

    I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and thi...

    Phew, this was a difficult book to digest in the audiobook format. Neither is it easy to digest in a paper book format. It is dense. It is detailed. Names and places and battles are thrown at you in rapid succession. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and it...

    The Guns of August which I read in September ?Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.? ? Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August What an amazing piece of historical writing. Tuchman shows how August, 2014 was impacted by two fail...

    "Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip, and Germans no less than other peoples prepare for the last war." - Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August. In her Pulitzer-Prize winning classic The Guns of August, the story of the first month of Wor...

    I used to repeat the common wisdom that if only the WWI reparations hadn?t been imposed on Germany, there would have been no WWII. Now I understand that it would have been impossible to convince the Allies that the reparations weren?t necessary. On August 25 the burning of Louva...

    In the 19th Century Henry David Thoreau eloquently stated: ?I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.? In...

    This book came highly recommended and I can now see why. Tuchman really brings the war to life, which is quite a harrowing experience, I have to say. This book would be a great starting point for any serious would-be-scholar of the First World War and has just the right general overvie...

    As always, Barbara W. Tuchman delves deeply into the historical subject matter. This book is about the First World War, its causes, the conduct of it, and the results. I see that what I've just written in the preceding sentence doesn't sound inviting; it comes off as dry and uninterest...

    Nope. Maybe it is this particular audiobook version, but I'm really not feeling the love for this book. With The Guns of August, Tuchman wrote this incredibly detailed account of the first month of WWI - and the detail is staggering, so much so that it might even be somewhat overwhe...

    This was the first non-fiction history book that read so much like a good novel that I screamed through it almost without pausing for breath. I knew bits and pieces about World War I before this... but the persistent idiocy of so many involved simply held me riveted to the pages. One o...

    I don't like technical books about military maneuvers--all that blather about Colonel Blimp, General von Bomb-them-all, and Prince Icantmakeupmymind, and the 5th Army Group attacks the XVI Corps on the right salient---yawn... Welcome to a book that makes all this nearly understandable...

    Barbara Tuchman did not have a PHD, ?It?s what saved me, I think? she said, believing that academic life can stultify imagination, stifle enthusiasm and deaden prose style. After all, Herodotus, Thucydides, Gibbon, Mac Cauley and Parkman did not have PhD?s.? Her dealings with...

    "The Guns of August" gives an account of the events leading up to the outbreak of World War I, and the first month of battles in August 1914. The writing is colorful and very dense. Some basic knowledge of World War I is helpful since Barbara Tuchman throws out the names of the main pl...

    The Guns of August is the best researched book I?ve ever read so far with such poised and skillful narrative style. Tuchman managed to entertain her readers with vivid, incredible details about the prelude to the first thirty days of World War I. She never cease in captivating our mi...

    The Guns of August is a class act, not only as a military history, but also as an analysis of human and organizational behavior. What drives us? What motivates us? Well, primarily an unwillingness to confront hard problems and the need to get promoted at our jobs. Maybe it's the same w...

    It's been a long while since I read a book about the First World War, but I've read many and was always going to find my way back to its histories in this Centennial period of the conflict. The one book I had long wanted to read but had never gotten around to was Barbara W. Tuchman's T...

    My knowledge up to this year about WOI could be condensed in: my country was "neutral" in this conflict, it was trenchwarfare and in a sense the first act in the social change coming in the 20th century. When it came to content I really never learned anything about this period. While r...

    No voy a valorar este libro con estrellitas, y voy a explicar el porqué: porque desde el punto de vista de su calidad intrínseca, la ingente documentación que tiene detrás, el elevadísimo nivel de detalle y el grado de análisis de todas y cada una de las acciones que tuvieron lug...

  • Paul
    Sep 15, 2017

    On the night of the 13th of August 1961 the Government of East Germany began to build the Wall that divided Berlin isolating its Western part within the Communist Eastern block. In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published her Guns of August and the following year it was awarded the P...

    Let?s start with a couple items. First, there is nothing left to be said about Barbara Tuchman?s The Guns of August. Second, that is not going to stop me. The Guns of August is not only the most famous book written about World War I, it is one of the most famous history...

    ?The Guns of August? is the first book I read about the Great War or, as I knew it, World War One. ?The Guns of August? is also the first substantial information I obtained about this war. I was born in Germany, in 1939. My family, then containing of my parents, my biologic...

    Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride, First Class - do you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside? It's so nice to rest for awhile in the warm summer sun... I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done in. Well. So, Willie - I see by your gravestone you were only ninetee...

    This is an impressive work on the buildup to World War I and the first month of fighting. I wanted to read this book after a re-read of All Quiet on the Western Front, to better understand the war. I've heard The Guns of August described as one of the best books about WWI ever written,...

    You could almost be excused for thinking that the highest praise one could give a work of non-fiction would be that it reads like a work of fiction. I haven?t looked at any of the other reviews for this book yet, but I would be prepared to bet that many of them say this read like a n...

    After reading this book 100 years, sometimes to the day, after some of the events happened, it is difficult to know what to say. Others have written so many excellent reviews. I believe that I will focus on reaction for my review---reaction 100 years after the fact to the apparent ease...

    I've been reading a fair bit about dubya dubya 2 recently but my knowledge of dubya dubya 1 consists of what I dimly recollect from school. That is: arms race, Franz Ferdinand, something something, the Somme, gas gas quick boys, Versailles. I also remember visiting the massive marble m...

    6.0 stars. WOW!! This book was AMAZING!! I have always been very interested in World War II and have read quite a few books on the subject. However, until reading THIS book I had never endeavored to learn anything more than the basics of World War I. With the reading of this incredible...

    Brilliant. There's no other word for it. ...

    This is an excellent but somewhat odd book; odd because the emphasis is so much more on the military than the political that you're left wondering why, how, precisely, this war was so inevitable. Granted, the political leaders are discussed in the first few chapters, the German Kaiser ...

    I let go at around page 280 (out of 440 in my edition), when I started realizing that every paragraph is so chunked up with minute details about this general moving these troops out of this place and into this wing on this day because of these emotions and this miscommunication and thi...

    Phew, this was a difficult book to digest in the audiobook format. Neither is it easy to digest in a paper book format. It is dense. It is detailed. Names and places and battles are thrown at you in rapid succession. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and it...

    The Guns of August which I read in September ?Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.? ? Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August What an amazing piece of historical writing. Tuchman shows how August, 2014 was impacted by two fail...

    "Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip, and Germans no less than other peoples prepare for the last war." - Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August. In her Pulitzer-Prize winning classic The Guns of August, the story of the first month of Wor...

    I used to repeat the common wisdom that if only the WWI reparations hadn?t been imposed on Germany, there would have been no WWII. Now I understand that it would have been impossible to convince the Allies that the reparations weren?t necessary. On August 25 the burning of Louva...

    In the 19th Century Henry David Thoreau eloquently stated: ?I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.? In...

    This book came highly recommended and I can now see why. Tuchman really brings the war to life, which is quite a harrowing experience, I have to say. This book would be a great starting point for any serious would-be-scholar of the First World War and has just the right general overvie...