Barbara W. Tuchman


Born
in New York, New York, The United States
January 30, 1912

Died
February 06, 1989

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Barbara Wertheim Tuchman was an American self-trained historian and author and double Pulitzer Prize winner. She became best known for The Guns of August (1962), a history of the prelude and first month of World War I.

As an author, Tuchman focused on producing popular history. Her clear, dramatic storytelling covered topics as diverse as the 14th century and World War I, and sold millions of copies.

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The Guns of August

4.12 avg rating — 65,548 ratings — published 1962 — 93 editions
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A Distant Mirror:  The Cala...

3.98 avg rating — 38,155 ratings — published 1978 — 71 editions
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The Proud Tower: A Portrait...

4.12 avg rating — 7,801 ratings — published 1965 — 4 editions
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The March of Folly: From Tr...

4.02 avg rating — 5,551 ratings — published 1984 — 47 editions
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The Zimmermann Telegram

4.02 avg rating — 3,839 ratings — published 1958 — 2 editions
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Stilwell and the American E...

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The First Salute

3.95 avg rating — 2,404 ratings — published 1988 — 2 editions
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Bible and Sword: England an...

3.80 avg rating — 883 ratings — published 1956 — 24 editions
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Practicing History:  Select...

3.95 avg rating — 666 ratings — published 1981 — 21 editions
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“Books are the carriers of civilization...They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.”
Barbara W. Tuchman

“Human beings of any age need to approve of themselves; the bad times in history come when they cannot.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change (as the poet said), windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.

[Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Nov. 1980), pp. 16-32]”
Barbara Tuchman

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Vote for our WWI non-fiction title for the March retreat. Last day to vote will be October 22.

The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm The Perfect Summer England 1911, Just Before the Storm by Juliet Nicolson Juliet Nicolson
 
  6 votes, 31.6%

The Guns of August The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman Barbara W. Tuchman
 
  5 votes, 26.3%

Nicholas and Alexandra Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie Robert K. Massie
 
  3 votes, 15.8%

Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World Paris 1919 Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan Margaret MacMillan
 
  2 votes, 10.5%

 
  1 vote, 5.3%

Fighting France: From Dunkerque to Belfort Fighting France From Dunkerque to Belfort (Dodo Press) by Edith Wharton Edith Wharton
 
  1 vote, 5.3%

The War to End All Wars: World War I The War to End All Wars World War I by Russell Freedman Russell Freedman
 
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