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The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
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Jun 27, 10

bookshelves: history, war
Read in February, 2007 — I own a copy



A great read! Always thought I had to read this more of
as a duty, but quite the readable tale of the first months of the war.
Not just for the history fanatic.

So many times both sides close to changing world events
and creating new ones. Great insights into the personalities
and setting the stage for WW2. Even got my old Avalon
hill game out of the closet for reference. Glad I read this one.

Here's a bit on the who is related to who:

King Ed of England died just before WWi, in 1910.
His funeral had probably the greatest collection
of European nobility ever in one place.

here's a quick list of some of Ed's relatives:

nephew -- kaiser wilhelm germany
niece -- (thru wife's sister) Empress Marie of Russia
niece -- alix czarina
daughter -- maude queen of norway
niece -- ena queen of spain
niece -- maria soon to be queen of romania

thru wife's family, who was danish, throne of denmark,
mother -- of the czar of russia
kings of greece & norway

ok so on first impression you think they could have
somehow gotten along, and maybe they would have if edward
lived he was a statesman uncle, with so many connections,
but then think of any of our families, the good the bad
the...odd, and place them in these roles. kinda
makes you wonder why there weren't more conflicts!
let's see uncle Ronnie king of Poland, wholly crap!
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