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The Proud Tower by Barbara W. Tuchman
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Jul 23, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction

Hurrah for Barbara Tuchman! You history buffs will enjoy her in-depth portrayal of the not-often studied period in history from the 1890's to World War I. She does a fabulous job of incorporating ordinary details (what someone wore, what someone said) to make historical events and people come to life. Learn about the anarchist movement, Thomas B. Reed of Maine, Teddy Roosevelt, Manifest Destiny, and so much more -- and how war was inevitable no matter what happened. Tuchman has wonderful insights into human character and her exhaustive research blows my mind. I enjoyed learning about this time period when I wasn't really expecting to. That's the sign of a good writer.

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