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  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (428)

    Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman here brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, The Guns of August will not be forgotten.

    Chrissie says: "Pay attention!"
    "Excellent introduction to WW1"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Guns of August?

    The Germans' repeated justification for initiating the war and for the mass killing of civilians in Belgium is remarkable.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    John Lee is, in my opinion, just about the perfect narrator. This performance did not fail to impress as usual.


    Any additional comments?

    As my first book on WW1, I found it very informative. I plan on reading more, but this was a good starting point as it delves into the politics leading up to the war and through the critical early battles. It does not describe the fighting in any great detail, but focuses more on the movement of the armies and the strategic decisions made along the way.

    I would suggest opening a few maps of the early stages of WW1, particularly the Map of the Battle of the Frontiers and the Map of the Tannenberg Campaign. I found them online.

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