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The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books)
The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books)
von Barbara W. Tuchman
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is an exceptional historical read., 18. Juni 1998
The Guns of August is the fourth Barbara Tuchman book I have read and is a masterwork of historical writing. I learned in school that the Archduke Ferdinand was shot in Sarajevo and then all these countries went to war because they had secret treaties. Tuchman tells the real story from the opening chapter of the Funeral of Edward VII (with the array of kings and princes, such as have never been assembled since) through the incredible stupidity of the war planners (on all sides of the conflict) to the final days of the first month of the war. The personal and political and familial and military relationships are so clearly defined that the scenes described take on a vivid life. This is an excllent book, a great undertaking that has awakened me to the fact that war itself made a drastic and horrible turn in 1914 from which the world has not yet recovered. There had always been horror associated with war, despite the language of honor, but the technology changed and the tactics that made the massacre of civilians a shocking event that resonated around the world are now accepted procedures for all combatants, including US troops. The well of melancholy that lies beneath the military history is almost underplayed in Tuchman's treatise. But it is there and painfully real - we have yet to withdraw from the savagery that once humans could not imagine. This book is as relevant today as it was when it was written and as the story was when it happened.


Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
von Daniel Quinn
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 16,88

5.0 von 5 Sternen This is an important book of monumental proportions, 4. Februar 1998
I have just completed reading ISHMAEL and consider it one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. It is a very simple story, plainly written, and I think, very entertaining. Yet, it contains huge ideas and explores them in a superbly Socratic method. I have read the negative reviews here and find that in nearly every case, the persons were unable to get the depth of what was written. So, this book may not be for knee-jerk reactionaries. No one who can listen actively with an open mind may dismiss this book's amazing insights into the essence of (all) life on this planet.


Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
von James W. Loewen
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen I thought I was very well-informed until I read this book., 27. Dezember 1997
I am a very well-read student of history, a subject at which I excelled throughout high school and college, and have pursued actively ever since. Not since I read Dee Brown's classic, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (not for school, by the way), have I been so excited, aroused, and motivated to read a book. Lies My Teacher Told Me is an eye-opening, "can't-put-it-down" book that humanizes and clarifies American history for the reader. I pride myself on knowing the real story beneath the crap, but Mr. Loewen has awakened me to my own shortcomings and basic beliefs about American heroes and fables. WHOEVER CARES ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN AND THEIR NATION MUST READ THIS BOOK. This book has made sense out of some pretty confusing lies. It has changed my life. I am buying half a dozen copies to send to my nephews and neices.


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