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The Proud Tower by Barbara W. Tuchman
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May 26, 08

bookshelves: 2001, history
Recommended to booklady by: Folio Society
Recommended for: amateur historians
Read in March, 2001

Folio Society sold this as part of a combined set with Guns of August (recently reviewed) which is why I bought it. I read it immediately following GoA but should have read it first, only I didn't know that at the time--over seven years ago.

The Proud Tower gives the background for the social, political, artistic, military movements/events which occurred in a spiritually stagnant Europe in the late 1800s and early 1900s precipitating the climate necessary for the bloodbath of WWI. Excellent!

Although not considered an 'historian' in the professional sense of the word, Barbara Tuchman is accessible, i.e., she writes readable histories for the layman or woman.
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