Barbara W. Tuchman

1 The Guns of August

Author : Barbara W. Tuchman
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  1994-03-08
Description :  <b>Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time</b><br /><br /><b><i>The Proud Tower, </i>the Pulitzer Prize–winning <i>The Guns of August,</i> and <i>The Zimmerman Telegram</i> comprise Barbara W. Tuchman’s classic histories of the First World War era</b><br /><br />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<i> </i>is a classic for the ages.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>Praise for <i>The Guns of August</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “A brilliant piece of military history which proves up to the hilt the force of Winston Churchill’s statement that the first month of World War I was ‘a drama never surpassed.’”<b>—<i>Newsweek</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “More dramatic than fiction . . . a magnificent narrative—beautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained.”<b>—<i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “A fine demonstration that with sufficient art rather specialized history can be raised to the level of literature.”<b>—<i>The New York Times</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “[<i>The Guns of August</i>] has a vitality that transcends its narrative virtues, which are considerable, and its feel for characterizations, which is excellent.”<b>—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

2 A Distant Mirror

Author : Barbara W. Tuchman
Genre :  Europe  Books  History 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  1979-11-12
Description :  <b>Barbara W. Tuchman—the acclaimed author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning classic <i>The Guns of August</i>—once again marshals her gift for character, history, and sparkling prose to compose an astonishing portrait of medieval Europe.</b><br /> <b><i>&#xa0;</i></b><br /> The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering age of crusades, cathedrals, and chivalry; on the other, a world plunged into chaos and spiritual agony. In this revelatory work, Barbara W. Tuchman examines not only the great rhythms of history but the grain and texture of domestic life: what childhood was like; what marriage meant; how money, taxes, and war dominated the lives of serf, noble, and clergy alike. Granting her subjects their loyalties, treacheries, and guilty passions, Tuchman re-creates the lives of proud cardinals, university scholars, grocers and clerks, saints and mystics, lawyers and mercenaries, and, dominating all, the knight—in all his valor and “furious follies,” a “terrible worm in an iron cocoon.”<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>Praise for <i>A Distant Mirror</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Beautifully written, careful and thorough in its scholarship . . . What Ms. Tuchman does superbly is to tell <i>how </i>it was. . . . No one has ever done this better.”<b>—<i>The New York Review of Books</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “A beautiful, extraordinary book . . . Tuchman at the top of her powers . . . She has done nothing finer.”<b>—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “Wise, witty, and wonderful . . . a great book, in a great historical tradition.”<b><i>—Commentary</i></b><br /><br />NOTE: This edition does not include color images.

3 The Proud Tower

Author : Barbara W. Tuchman
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  1982-12-01
Description :  <b><b><i>The Proud Tower, </i>the Pulitzer Prize-winning <i>The Guns of August,</i> and <i>The Zimmerman Telegram</i> comprise Barbara W. Tuchman’s classic histories of the First World War era</b><br /><br /></b>During the fateful quarter century leading up to World War I, the climax of a century of rapid, unprecedented change, a privileged few enjoyed Olympian luxury as the underclass was “heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate.” In <i>The Proud Tower, </i>Barbara W. Tuchman brings the era to vivid life: the decline of the Edwardian aristocracy; the Anarchists of Europe and America; Germany and its self-depicted hero, Richard Strauss; Diaghilev’s Russian ballet and Stravinsky’s music; the Dreyfus Affair; the Peace Conferences in The Hague; and the enthusiasm and tragedy of Socialism, epitomized by the assassination of Jean Jaurès on the night the Great War began and an epoch came to a close.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>Praise for <i>The Proud Tower</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br />“[Barbara W. Tuchman’s] Pulitzer Prize–winning&#xa0;<i>The Guns of August&#xa0;</i>was an expert evocation of the first spasm of the 1914–1918 war. She brings the same narrative gifts and panoramic camera eye to her portrait of the antebellum world.”<b>—<i>Newsweek</i></b><br /><b><i>&#xa0;</i></b><br />“A rare combination of impeccable scholarship and literary polish . . . It would be impossible to read <i>The Proud Tower </i>without pleasure and admiration.”<b>—<i>The New York Times</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “An exquisitely written and thoroughly engrossing work . . . The author’s knowledge and skill are so impressive that they whet the appetite for more.”<b>—<i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “[Tuchman] tells her story with cool wit and warm understanding.”<b>—<i>Time</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

4 The March of Folly

Author : Barbara W. Tuchman
Genre :  World  Books  History  Military 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1984-02-12
Description :  <b>Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman, author of the World War I masterpiece <i>The Guns of August,</i> grapples with her boldest subject: the pervasive presence, through the ages, of failure, mismanagement, and delusion in government. </b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> Drawing on a comprehensive array of examples, from Montezuma’s senseless surrender of his empire in 1520 to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Barbara W. Tuchman defines folly as the pursuit by government of policies contrary to their own interests, despite the availability of feasible alternatives. In brilliant detail, Tuchman illuminates four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly: the Trojan War, the breakup of the Holy See provoked by the Renaissance popes, the loss of the American colonies by Britain’s George III, and the United States’ own persistent mistakes in Vietnam. Throughout <i>The March of Folly,</i> Tuchman’s incomparable talent for animating the people, places, and events of history is on spectacular display.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>Praise for <i>The March of Folly</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “A glittering narrative . . . a moral [book] on the crimes and follies of governments and the misfortunes the governed suffer in consequence.”<b><i>—The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “An admirable survey . . . I haven’t read a more relevant book in years.”<b>—John Kenneth Galbraith, <i>The Boston Sunday Globe</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “A superb chronicle . . . a masterly examination.”<b><i>—Chicago Sun-Times</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

5 The First Salute

Author : Barbara W. Tuchman
Genre :  United States  Books  History 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1989-09-06
Description :  <b>Barbara W. Tuchman, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the classic <i>The Guns of August, </i>turns her sights homeward with this brilliant, insightful narrative of the Revolutionary War.</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> In <i>The First Salute,</i> one of America’s consummate historians crafts a rigorously original view of the American Revolution. Barbara W. Tuchman places the Revolution in the context of the centuries-long conflicts between England and both France and Holland, demonstrating how the aid to the American colonies of both these nations made the triumph of independence possible. She sheds new light on the key role played by the contending navies, paints a magnificent portrait of George Washington, and recounts in riveting detail the decisive campaign of the war at Yorktown. By turns lyrical and gripping, <i>The First Salute</i> is an exhilarating account of the birth of a nation.<br />&#xa0;&#xa0;<br /> <b>Praise for <i>The First Salute</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Nothing in a novel could be more thrilling than the moment in this glorious history when French soldiers arrive [to] see a tall, familiar figure: George Washington. . . . It is only part of Tuchman’s genius that she can reconstitute such scenes with so much precision and passion.”<b>—<i>People</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “Tuchman writes narrative history in the great tradition. . . . A persuasive book, which brings us entertaining pictures, scenes and characters.”<b>—<i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “[A] tightly woven narrative, ingeniously structured.”<b><i>—The Christian Science Monitor</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

6 Stilwell and the American Experience in China

Author : Barbara W. Tuchman
Genre :  United States  Books  History  Asia  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2017-01-24
Description :  <b>Barbara W. Tuchman won her second Pulitzer Prize for this nonfiction masterpiece—an authoritative work of history that recounts the birth of modern China through the eyes of one extraordinary American.</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> General Joseph W. Stilwell was a man who loved China deeply and knew its people as few Americans ever have. Barbara W. Tuchman’s groundbreaking narrative follows Stilwell from the time he arrived in China during the Revolution of 1911, through his tours of duty in Peking and Tientsin in the 1920s and ’30s, to his return as theater commander in World War II, when the Nationalist government faced attack from both Japanese invaders and Communist insurgents. Peopled by warlords, ambassadors, and missionaries, this classic biography of the cantankerous but level-headed “Vinegar Joe” sparkles with Tuchman’s genius for animating the people who shaped history.<br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> <b>Praise for <i>Stilwell and the American Experience in China</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Tuchman’s best book . . . so large in scope, so crammed with information, so clear in exposition, so assured in tone that one is tempted to say it is not a book but an education.”<b>—<i>The New Yorker</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “The most interesting and informative book on U.S.–China relations . . . a brilliant, lucid and authentic account.”<b>—<i>The Nation</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “A fantastic and complex story finely told.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

7 Bible and Sword

Author : Barbara W. Tuchman
Genre :  Middle East  Books  History  World 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  1978-09-12
Description :  <b>From Barbara W. Tuchman, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of <i>The Guns of August, </i>comes history through a wide-angle lens: a fascinating chronicle of Britain’s long relationship with Palestine and the Middle East, from the ancient world to the twentieth century.</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br />Historically, the British were drawn to the Holy Land for two major reasons: first, to translate the Bible into English and, later, to control the road to India and access to the oil of the Middle East. With the lucidity and vividness that characterize all her work, Barbara W. Tuchman follows these twin spiritual and imperial motives—the Bible and the sword—to their seemingly inevitable endpoint, when Britain conquered Palestine at the conclusion of World War I. At that moment, in a gesture of significance and solemnity, the Balfour Declaration of 1917 established a British-sponsored mandate for a national home for the Jewish people. Throughout this characteristically vivid account, Tuchman demonstrates that the seeds of conflict were planted in the Middle East long before the official founding of the modern state of Israel.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>Praise for <i>Bible and Sword</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Tuchman is a wise and witty writer, a shrewd observer with a lively command of high drama.”<b>—<i>The Philadelphia Inquirer</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “In her métier as a narrative popular historical writer, Barbara Tuchman is supreme.”<b>—<i>Chicago Sun-Times</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

8 Practicing History

Author : Barbara W. Tuchman
Genre :  History  Books 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  1981-09-12
Description :  <b>Celebrated for bringing a personal touch to history in her Pulitzer Prize–winning epic <i>The Guns of August</i> and other classic books, Barbara W. Tuchman reflects on world events and the historian’s craft in these perceptive, essential essays.</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> From thoughtful pieces on the historian’s role to striking insights into America’s past and present to trenchant observations on the international scene, Barbara W. Tuchman looks at history in a unique way and draws lessons from what she sees. Spanning more than four decades of writing in <i>The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Harper’s, The Nation, </i>and<i> The Saturday Evening Post, </i>Tuchman weighs in on a range of eclectic topics, from Israel and Mao Tse-tung to a Freudian reading of Woodrow Wilson. This is a splendid body of work, the story of a lifetime spent “practicing history.”<br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> <b>Praise for <i>Practicing History</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Persuades and enthralls . . . I can think of no better primer for the nonexpert who wishes to learn history.”<b>—<i>Chicago Sun-Times</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “Provocative, consistent, and beautifully readable, an event not to be missed by history buffs.”<b>—Baltimore<i> Sun</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “A delight to read.”<b><i>—The New York Times Book Review</i></b>

9 A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

Author : Barbara W. Tuchman
Genre :  History  Books  Europe 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  1987-07-12
Description :  The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering age of crusades, cathedrals, and chivalry; on the other, a world plunged into chaos and spiritual agony. In this revelatory work, Tuchman examines not only the great rhythms of history but the grain and texture of domestic life: what childhood was like; what marriage meant; how money, taxes, and war dominated the lives of serf, noble, and clergy alike. Granting her subjects their loyalties, treacheries, and guilty passions, Tuchman re-creates the lives of proud cardinals, university scholars, grocers and clerks, saints and mystics, lawyers and mercenaries, and, dominating all, the knight--in all his valor and “furious follies,” a “terrible worm in an iron cocoon.”

10 Notes from China

Author : Barbara W. Tuchman
Genre :  Asia  Books  History  Travel & Adventure  Asia 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2017-01-24
Description :  <b>A journalistic tour de force, this wide-ranging collection by the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning biography <i>Stilwell and the American Experience in China</i> is a classic in its own right.</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> During the summer of 1972—a few short months after Nixon’s legendary visit to China—master historian Barbara W. Tuchman made her own trip to that country, spending six weeks in eleven cities and a variety of rural settlements. The resulting reportage was one of the first evenhanded portrayals of Chinese culture that Americans had ever read.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Tuchman’s observations capture the people as they lived, from workers in the city and provincial party bosses to farmers, scientists, and educators. She demonstrates the breadth and scope of her expertise in discussing the alleviation of famine, misery, and exploitation; the distortion of cultural and historical inheritances into ubiquitous slogans; news media, schools, housing, and transportation; and Chairman Mao’s techniques for reasserting the Revolution. This edition also includes Tuchman’s “fascinating” (<i>The New York Review of Books</i>) essay, “If Mao Had Come to Washington in 1945”—a tantalizing piece of speculation on a proposed meeting between Mao and Roosevelt that would have changed the course of postwar history.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>“Shrewdly observed . . . Tuchman enters another plea for coolness, intelligence and rationality in American Asian policies. One can hardly disagree.”—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b>

11 Un espejo lejano

Author : Barbara W. Tuchman
Genre :  History  Books 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2014-05-13
Description :  &lt;p&gt;&lt;i&gt;Un espejo lejano&lt;/i&gt; es, sin duda, la obra maestra de Barbara W. Tuchman quien nos ofrece aquí, con gran habilidad expositiva y un conocimiento sólido de la época, un retrato vívido de la Europa Occidental en el siglo XIV. La centuria de la Peste Negra y la Guerra de los Cien Años, pero también el punto de arranque de la sociedad occidental moderna, de Petrarca y Chaucer, de Froissart y Wyclif.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&#xa0;Tomando como hilo narrativo la v&#xa0;ida del noble Enguerrand VII de Coucy (1340-1397), el más experto y diestro de todos los caballeros de Francia, y gracias a sus admirables dotes de síntesis y de caracterización, Tuchman no suministra una imagen elocuente de los dramáticos avatares del siglo XIV, una mala época para la humanidad según el historiador Simonde de Sismondi, un momento tremendamente violento, sangriento y devastador.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Este libro anhela abrir caminos y dejar pistas para navegantes que quieran cartografiar la disidencia. Señales que indiquen por dónde seguir, para distinguir la desobediencia, la crítica constructiva, la sátira inteligente y la lucidez mental en tiempos de confusión y pensamiento único.&#xa0;&lt;/p&gt;



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