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.

Average rating: 4.12 · 95,434 ratings · 4,660 reviews · 24 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Guns of August

4.17 avg rating — 47,128 ratings — published 1962 — 83 editions
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A Distant Mirror:  The Cala...

4.08 avg rating — 27,124 ratings — published 1978 — 59 editions
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The Proud Tower: A Portrait...

4.11 avg rating — 6,702 ratings — published 1966 — 41 editions
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The March of Folly: From Tr...

4.03 avg rating — 4,795 ratings — published 1984 — 42 editions
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The Zimmermann Telegram

4.04 avg rating — 3,214 ratings — published 1958 — 34 editions
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The First Salute

3.94 avg rating — 2,112 ratings — published 1988 — 31 editions
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Bible and Sword: England an...

3.79 avg rating — 704 ratings — published 1956 — 19 editions
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Practicing History:  Select...

3.96 avg rating — 530 ratings — published 1981 — 20 editions
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The Guns of August / The Pr...

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More books by Barbara W. Tuchman…
“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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