The Guns of August

Version: Unabridged
Author: Barbara W. Tuchman
Narrator: John Lee
Genres: Military
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: March 2011
# of Units: 15 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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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 why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, The Guns of August will not be forgotten.

Reviews (1)

Guns of August

Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on March 26th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is one of the best books I have read on WWI. Since the fall of 2011 I have been reading books on WW1 and Barbara W. Tuchman book has been the most thorough and non-judgemental that I have read so far. She just lays out the facts starting from August 1 to the 31. She leaves it up to you to make whatever conclusions you wish. I was impressed with the amount of research Tuchman did in writing this book. She is a great historian. John Lee did a good job narrating the book. If you want to know about the start of WW1 this is by far the best book you could fine to provide the truth.

Author Details

Author Details

Tuchman, Barbara W.

Barbara W. Tuchman (1912-1989), American historian, was born in New York City and graduated from Radcliffe College in 1933. A self-trained historian, she was a writer for the Nation and an editor for the US Office of War Information. In her later years she was a lecturer at Harvard and the US Naval War College. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1963 for The Guns of August and in 1972 for Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45. She was awarded the 1978 Gold Medal for History from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.