The narration was good overall. Having this come alive in this wonderful story gives everyone the opportunity to understand what kind of impact one person can have on the whole of world history. She detailed how inadvertent acts by disgraced Generals might have saved France, how the politics and the national moods of France, Germany, Russia, and Great Britain may have contributed to the length of the Great War. Tuchman The Guns of August The Proud Tower Download The Guns of August by Barbara W. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine. Its just a great history book.
It is France versus Belgium and Britain. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. In my opinion, this is the best book ever written about the origins of the first world war. I had to get used to him speaking the quotations in German, French, Russian, British, or American accents, and I almost wish he had just read everything in his usual brisk British voice, but perhaps it helps the listener follow the changing characters and countries. I think that Nadia May, who narrates this and other Barbara Tuchman books, does a wonderful job. Listen along as you see the end of the old world, the Victorian age of mankind, and are brought lurching into the modern twentieth century. It was wonderful to see how in the First World War they fought united, as one people, for their independence and very existence.
In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. This book is an important historical account of events in 1914 that shattered the world of that time and for the decades which follow down to this day. I now have the basics for how the war started. She did the best possible job in my opinion. Few leaders grasped this at the beginning of August but by September 1914 there were very few living on the European continent who could avoid recognizing that war would never be the same again. However I found it hard to follow with a lot of people and place names being regularly dropped. Listen long enough, and you can hear the narrator sing.
By the time of his death at the age of 90 in 1965, many thought him to be the greatest man in the world. Drawing on new scholarship, Clark offers a fresh look at World War I, focusing not on the battles and atrocities of the war itself but on the complex events and relationships that led a group of well-meaning leaders into brutal conflict. On the audiobook experience, I thought that the narrator did a good job with French, German, and Russian accents. You have to remember who is who, which corps is fighting where and its number, the title of each commander and more. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the events leading up to the First World War. Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman here brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I.
The author presents a complex thread of events from the perspective of various major players in a well detailed, clear and interesting manner. The book was published in multiple languages including English language, consists of 606 pages and is available in Paperback format. 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. I understand why they so quickly capitulated in the Second World War. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. In fact, it is probably the best starting point for those with little to no knowledge of the Great War. That said, I love blow by blow accounts of history and that was exactly what this hairsplitter of a book was all about.
It imbues them with life, action and suspense. But this does not detract from the enjoyment of the book. If all of that sounds a bit dry there are a sequence of gloriously bonkers characters amongst the ranks of Europe's nobility and military class which add fascinating human colour to the epic historical sweep 6 of 6 people found this review helpful Not a good choice for an audio version This is a book of highly detailed scholarship that lays out all the factors and players that led to the start of the First World War. I'm always looking for history books that clearly describe important events in world history, and this one is now at the top of my list! Tuchman opens, with a fitting sense of moment, at the 1910 funeral of King Edward of Britain, where the heads of future belligerent states gather on still-cordial terms. Because what happened then set the course for the four years that followed. Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the twentieth century, The Second World War.
If you are history fan, like my-self, this book cannot be missed. Tuchman brings the war to life with her well researched book. Hypnotic, thrilling, and magnificent, The Storm of Steel is perhaps the most fascinating description of modern warfare ever written. Please note that the tricks or techniques listed in this pdf are either fictional or claimed to work by its creator. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, she reveals just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A must read for anyone with an interest in history and World War One.
The ending is therefore premature. John Lee did a good job narrating the book. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? Tuchman masterfully portrays this transition from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, focusing on the turning point in the year 1914, the month leading up to the war, and the first month of the war. The Guns of August by Barbara W. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days Battles, and Antietam, but so are the smaller ones: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, and Monitor versus Merrimac. What you need most of all is a good memory, a good knowledge of history and geographic knowledge before you even pick up the book. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.
In their eagerness to erase all traces of the Third Reich from the earth, the Allies believed that Prussia, the very embodiment of German militarism, had to be abolished. The truth is much more complex and, as described in this book, much more fascinating. This is one of the best audio books I've ever listened to. Drawing on vast original research, Figes conveys above all the shocking experience of the revolution for those who lived it, while providing the clearest and most cogent account of how and why it unfolded. That is fine by me! Incidentally though Guns of August is supposedly quite good I haven't actually read it myself and covers some very important history Tuchman wrote an absolutely The Guns of August by Barbara W.
I am a bit unsure if it would mean as much to one who has not been there. In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. Tuchman eMusic the guns of august by barbara w tuchman biography The Guns of August The Outbreak of World War I; Barbara W. Descriptions and events are clear and largely riveting. If you want just a good read to pass away the time, whether commuting or otherwise, then listen to this book. Other historians probably have more subtle pictures.