Since these days we are encountering so many 100th Anniversary commemorations of the Great War, I thought it would be appropriate to read the best-known masterful account of its beginning...August 1914. Rather than merely a dry recounting of battles fought, Tuchman focuses on the personalities involved...Schlieffen, Kaiser Wilhelm, Moltke, von Kluck, Bulow, Joffre, Gallieni, Lanrezac, French, Churchill, Rennenkampf, Samsonov, the Grand Duke, Czar Nicholas II...the list goes on and on...and shows how the personalities and motivations of these men interacted and intertwined to influence the fortunes and outcome of the war, and how the initial hopes and plans of both sides failed during those crucial first 31 days, causing the war to degenerate into four brutal, stalemated years of trench warfare, which at its conclusion left a legacy of hatred and bitterness far greater than what existed at war's beginning and paved the way for the next war only 21 years later.
President Kennedy asked his entire cabinet to read this book, with good reason; and it probably helped to guide him through the traps and pitfalls of the Cold War in 1962-63. Remains highly relevant today.
A riveting account of the first month of the Great War. A war with enormous impact on the twentieth century, even now.
The book that was on Kennedy’s mind during the Cuban Missle Crisis. Too bad Trump doesn’t have the attn span to read a book.
One of the best books I've ever come across that has a broad, sweeping look at WW1 that always stays interesting and never gets bogged down in minutiae.
The popular history classic about the origins of the First World War. Not a favourite of German apologists, perhaps -- the Germany of WW II did not come out of nowhere, and its genesis was long before the 20th Century, let alone the Treaty of Versailles -- but there is blame enough to share around to all participants, believe me. Ms. Tuchman's prose floats like a dove, and stings like a serpent.
I read "Guns of August" several years ago. It provides a thorough explanation of the events that led up to it and then what transpired during the first month of World War I. I would have liked to have read Tuchman's "take" on the entire war.
Surprised to see this book highlighted. It was written in the 60's and John Kennedy personally endorsed as a reminder how leaders actions can change the world. I will read again.
good history good historian
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