The Guns of August

  • by Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman here brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. 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.

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What the Critics Say

"Fascinating.... One of the finest works of history written.... A splendid and glittering performance." (The New York Times)

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Disappointed listener!

An incredibly good book marred by a tiresome reader. While it is clear the enthusiasm for what he reads, I found the indiscriminate emphasis tiring. I cannot appreciate the rendering of German names and way of speaking because i do not speak German but I found the treatment of French names and speech a distraction.
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- margherita morgante

Diplomacy & Battle

Justly famous book and beautifully read, even if as someone pointed out, John Lee's efforts at foreign accents are a bit hammy. First third of book is the diplomacy leading up to war. Rest is mostly battles and there lies the problem common to so many books about warfare. Without the right map infront of you, you quickly become confused. Even with a map following a written account of a battle is hard enough. The publishers of war books should make sure the right maps are available, but they don't seem to. So recommend you search the web for ww1 and maps. The Vox site for instance has some excellent ww1 maps.
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- Mr. Acapella

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-03-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio