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THE BEST HISTORY BOOK EVER WRITTEN,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books) (Taschenbuch)
The perfect book. It reads like a novel, but as they say "truth is stranger than fiction." Ms. Tuchman has written the quinessential masterpiece on the beginnings of what has to be the most confusing conflict in history. World War I will shake the ruling classes foundations to the ground. Monarchies will no longer reign supreme in its aftermath, communism gains a foothold it will not relinquish for 80 years, England bleeds herself white, but why?.... This book explains how the worlds most powerful industrial societies allowed everthing they held dear to be destroyed. This book doesn't take sides, it explains why the sides began the war juggernaut a rolling. In detail, with passion, and in a moving manner. This war more than any other can be directly attributed to arm build-up and a diplomatic status quo. The diplomats from all sides fumble and it kills millions. The generals use 19th century assault tactics in the face of 20th century firepower with grizzly results. In five weeks time, which the author has descibed perfectly, step-by-step, the western world begins and cannot stop the "War to End All Wars" Ms. Tuchman may no longer be with us but this book will make her immortal.
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