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Cover of: The guns of August | Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
About the Book

Published to immediate acclaim in 1962 and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1963, The Guns of August is the classic account of the cataclysmic outbreak of World War I in 1914 and the 30 days of battle that followed. This opening clash determined the future course of the war and shaped the history of our century. Its tense drama continues to enthrall readers of Barbara W. Tuchman's magnificent best-selling work, now in 25th anniversary edition with a new preface by the author. In the summer of 1914, Europe with a heap of swords piled as delicately as jackstraws, and not one could be drawn out without upsetting the others. Still, statesmen, field marshals, admirals, kings, and patriots believed what they wanted to believe -- or what they feared not to believe -- and waited in profound ignorance for victory to reveal itself within a matter of weeks. Instead, the holocaust of August was the prelude to 4 bitter years of deadlocked war that cost a generation of European lives. The German, French, English, and Russian General Staffs had had their plans for war completed as early as 10 years before hostilities began. Germany intended to invade France; England had committed her army to cooperation with the French Army. France, bolstered by her alliance with Russia and her "entente" with Britain, designed her strategy in terms solely of the offensive and the attaque brusqueée. Russia planned a pincer invasion of East Prussia while the main German armies were involved in the West. None of these plans allowed for the contingencies of the others, or recognized their own intrinsic errors. Yet for perhaps five years before the war began, each General Staff knew what the others would do; all that was planned. The bloody catalogue of the battles of August 1914 includes the almost mythic names of Liège, Tannenberg, Mons, the Battle of the Frontiers, and Charleroi. And of men like Joffre, indomitably rebuilding his shattered French armies; Samsonov dying a suicide after the annihilation of the Russian 2nd Army; von Kluck stubbornly committing his fatal mistake; Admiral Souchon choosing his desperate and fateful course for Constantinople. Through her unforgettable portraits of these characters and many others, Mrs. Tuchman has made her book doubly exciting -- revealing the human reasons for the disasters of war. - Jacket flap.

In this landmark, Pulitzer Prize-winning account, renowned historian Barbara W. Tuchman re-creates the first month of World War I: thirty days in the summer of 1914 that determined the course of the conflict, the century, and ultimately our present world. Beginning with the funeral of Edward VII, Tuchman traces each step that led to the inevitable clash. And inevitable it was, with all sides plotting their war for a generation. Dizzyingly comprehensive and spectacularly portrayed with her famous talent for evoking the characters of the war's key players, Tuchman's magnum opus is a classic for the ages. - Random House.

Excerpts

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 in hushed and black-clad awe, could not keep back gasps of admiration.
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24 editions First published in 1962

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The Guns of August
2009, Random House Publishing Group
eBook in English
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The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning History of the First Month of WWI
September 2005, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
Hardcover in English
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The Guns of August
August 3, 2004, Presidio Press
Mass Market Paperback in English
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The guns of August
2004, Ballantine
in English - 1st Presidio Press mass market ed.
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The Guns of August
October 2001, Tandem Library
in English
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The Guns of August
April 2000, Constable and Robinson
Paperback
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The guns of August
1994, Ballantine
in English - 1st Ballantine Books ed.
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The guns of August
1989, Bantam
in English
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The guns of August
1988, Macmillan
in English - Anniversary ed. --
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The guns of August
1988, Bantam Books
in English - 25th anniversary ed.
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The guns of August
1988, Macmillan
in English - Anniversary ed.
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Guns of August
June 1985, Recorded Books
Audio cassette in English - Unabridged edition
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The guns of August
1982, Bonanza Books
in English
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The guns of August
1976, Bantam Books
Unknown Binding in English
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The guns of August
1976, Bantam Books
in English
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The guns of August.
1971, Dell Publishing Co
in English
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Ogusṭ 1914
1964, Maʻarekhet, Tseva haganah le-Yiśraʼel
in Hebrew
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The guns of August
1963, Dell
in English
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The guns of August.
1963, Dell Pub. Co.]
in English
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The guns of August
1962, Macmillan
in English
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The guns of August.
1962, Macmillan
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The guns of August
1962, Random house
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The guns of August.
1962, Macmillan
in English
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The guns of August.
1962, Macmillan
in English

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February 2, 2019 Edited by Psr_13 Added new cover
November 19, 2018 Edited by Bryan Tyson Edited without comment.
October 24, 2018 Edited by Bryan Tyson Added new cover
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