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The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
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Aug 05, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 2008, physical-collection
Read in August, 2008

I don't like technical books about military maneuvers--all that blather about Colonel Blimp, General von Bomb-them-all, and Prince Icantmakeupmymind, and the 5th Army Group attacks the XVI Corps on the right salient---yawn...
Welcome to a book that makes all this nearly understandable.

Tuchman gives a great picture of the men who made the fatal errors of judgement which led to the four years of hell known as WW I and then resulted in, twenty years later, the even worse agony known as WW II. She is such a wonderful writer, and has so much knowledge, that she brings life, humor, and human interest to this long and sad saga of the old world order disappearing inexorably in a sucking quagmire of arrogance, stupidity,and criminally mistaken military decisions. This is a fascinating look at a widely diverse group of men who changed the history of the world and led us to the international messiness of today.

Most highly recommended to anyone who is interested in history or the military.
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