Barbara W. Tuchman





Barbara W. Tuchman

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born
in New York, New York, The United States
January 30, 1912

died
February 06, 1989

gender
female

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Barbara Wertheim Tuchman was an American self-trained historian and author. She became best known for The Guns of August, a history of the prelude and first month of World War I.

As an author, Tuchman focused on producing popular history. Her clear, dramatic storytelling covered topics as diverse as the 14th century and World War I, and sold millions of copies.


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More books by Barbara W. Tuchman…
“Books are the carriers of civilization...They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.”
Barbara W. Tuchman

“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change (as the poet said), windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.

[Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Nov. 1980), pp. 16-32]”
Barbara W. Tuchman

“War is the unfolding of miscalculations.”
Barbara W. Tuchman

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The Guns of August The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman Barbara W. Tuchman
 
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The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm The Perfect Summer  England 1911, Just Before the Storm by Juliet Nicolson Juliet Nicolson
 
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Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World Paris 1919  Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan Margaret MacMillan
 
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Nicholas and Alexandra Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie Robert K. Massie
 
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Fighting France: From Dunkerque to Belfort Fighting France  From Dunkerque to Belfort (Dodo Press) by Edith Wharton Edith Wharton
 
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The War to End All Wars: World War I The War to End All Wars  World War I by Russell Freedman Russell Freedman
 
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