This handsome volume combines two definitive books about World War I and the era immediately preceeding it. Impeccable research and writing draw the reader into events which changed the world and still reverberate today. In The Guns of August, the seemingly
endless catalog of mistakes made by just about everyone in high
authority made this reader grateful that the author had written about only one month, instead of the entire wretched war! The Proud Tower's narrative pulls together various political, artistic and social movements throughout Europe (with some attention paid to the United States), as a means of explaining how and why so many misguided people were ready to start a war.
Occasionally overwhelming, but an awe-inspiring work which history
lovers will devour.
After finishing the book, I feel something is missing, or, rather, it's not complete.
It's a great book about the outbreak of the WW I. More precisely, it's a book about the first month of a war nearly 100 years ago. Tuchman's narrative tells the readers how it started, developed, and led to the stalmates. Unfortunately, she did not give the details about "why".
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