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The Proud Tower by Barbara W. Tuchman
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Jan 25, 2009

it was amazing

This excellent history of the years leading up to World War I looks at the underlying cultural changes that were occuring at the time. The books provides descriptions of both the haves and have-nots of the era, as well as probing the ways in which those at the bottom of the social scale were challenging their position. The author provides a lot of insight into many of the cultural and political movements of the era that are now largely forgotten, but this helps the reader to gain a better understanding of the period. The only complaint I have about the book is that she didn't tie the factors that she discussed to the outbreak of the war as well as she could have. Although the book is an excellent history of the period, she ends rather abruptly without probing how the factors she indentifies impacted the war.
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