The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

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The Guns of August, originally published as August 1914 (1962), is a military history book written by Barbara Tuchman. It primarily describes the events of the first month of World War I. The focus of The Guns of August is to provide the history of World War I from the declaration of war through the start of the Franco-British offensive that stopped the German advance through France. In addition, the book provides a brief history of the plans, strategies, world events and international sentiments prior to and during the war.

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The 281st greatest nonfiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 16th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Nonfiction (The Modern Library)
  2. - Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)
  3. - 100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction (
  4. - The 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years (Parade Magazine)

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