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The Proud Tower by Barbara W. Tuchman
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Dec 16, 10

Read in December, 2010

I loved Tuchman's The Guns of August, and so I began this book with high expectations. This book exceeded my expectations. Tuchman's fascinating portrayal of the interplay between society, politics and cultural life in Europe (she touches briefly on the US as well) during the years leading up to WW I is both enlightening and engrossing. My favorite chapters were "The Patricians" about the twilight years of the traditional English upper class and "Neroism is in the Air" about the interplay between the German national identity and and the cultural arts (Richard Wagner, theater, ballet).
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