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  • A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century | Barbara W. Tuchman

    A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.

    E. Smakman says: "Gripping, once you get into it"
  • The Guns of August | Barbara W. Tuchman

    The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Wonderful"
  • The Guns of August | Barbara W. Tuchman

    The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    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!"
  • The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 | Barbara W. Tuchman

    The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    The fateful quarter-century leading up to World War I was a time when the world of privilege still existed in Olympian luxury and the world of protest was heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated rate of change in history, a cataclysmic shaping of destiny.

    Doug says: "Fascinating history"
  • The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam | Barbara W. Tuchman

    The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    In The March of Folly, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning historian Barbara Tuchman tackles the pervasive presence of folly in governments through the ages. Defining folly as the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests, despite the availability of feasible alternatives, Tuchman details four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly in government.

    peter says: "No stone left unturned"
  • A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century | Barbara Tuchman

    A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Barbara Tuchman
    • Narrated By Aviva Skell
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    The Bubonic Plague of the 14th century killed one third of all human beings in Europe and Western Asia; many who survived the plague killed each other in the Hundred Years War that followed. What was it like to live in this calamitous century, when knighthood (and much more) died a violent death? Find out.

    Joshua says: "A classic history"
  • Bible and Sword: England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour | Barbara W. Tuchman

    Bible and Sword: England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    Two-time Pulitzer Prize - winning historian Barbara Tuchman explores the complex relationship of Britain to Palestine that led to the founding of the modern Jewish state - and to many of the problems that plague the Middle East today.

    T. F. Plona says: "Great historical insight into how we got to today"
  • The Zimmermann Telegram | Barbara W. Tuchman

    The Zimmermann Telegram

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    In the dark winter of 1917, as World War I was deadlocked, Britain knew that Europe could be saved only if the United States joined the war. But President Wilson remained unshakable in his neutrality. Then, with a single stroke, the tool to propel America into the war came into a quiet British office. One of countless messages intercepted by the crack team of British decoders, the Zimmermann telegram was a top-secret message from Berlin inviting Mexico to join Japan in an invasion of the United States.

    Mike From Mesa says: "US entry to World War I"
  • The First Salute: A View of the American Revolution | Barbara W. Tuchman

    The First Salute: A View of the American Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    This compellingly written history presents a fresh, new view of the events that led from the first foreign salute to American nationhood in 1776 to the last campaign of the Revolution five years later. It paints a magnificent portrait of General George Washington and recounts in riveting detail the events responsible for the birth of our nation.

    Matthew says: "A brilliant classic"
  • Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45 | Barbara W. Tuchman

    Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
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    In this Pulitzer Prize - winning biography, Barbara Tuchman explores American relations with China through the experiences of one of our men on the ground. In the cantankerous but level-headed "Vinegar Joe", Tuchman found a subject who allowed her to perform, in the words of the National Review, "one of the historian's most envied magic acts: conjoining a fine biography of a man with a fascinating epic story."

    Charlotte says: "A period that directly affected our world today"
  • Practicing History: Selected Essays | Barbara W. Tuchman

    Practicing History: Selected Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    Master historian Barbara W. Tuchman looks at history in a unique way and draws lessons from what she sees. This accessible introduction to the subject of history offers striking insights into America's past and present, trenchant observations on the international scene, and thoughtful pieces on the historian's role. Here is a splendid body of work, the story of a lifetime spent "practicing history".

    Amazon Customer says: "A Great Mind Shares a Lifetime of Experience"
  • Practicing History—Selected Essays | Barbara Tuchman

    Practicing History—Selected Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Barbara Tuchman
    • Narrated By Aviva Skell
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    The critically-acclaimed historian’s insights, sense of humor, and sharp pen take on everything from Vietnam, Israel, and the Great War to writing history and its meaning. Includes these essays: Why Policy-Makers Do Not Listen; When Does History Happen?; Is History a Guide to the Future?; America as an Idea; How We Entered World War I; and more

  • The First Salute: A View of the American Revolution | Barbara Tuchman

    The First Salute: A View of the American Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Barbara Tuchman
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    The prize-winning historian’s fresh look at the people and events that decided America’s struggle for independence. Its suspenseful climax is the 500-mile march undertaken by General Washington to surround Cornwallis at Yorktown.

    uriah1970 says: "A different view of the American Revolution"
  • Notes From China | Barbara W. Tuchman

    Notes From China

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Rita Knox
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    Two hundred years ago China's imperial rulers sensed a threat to a past-oriented society in the dynamism of the West and tried to frustrate foreign entry.

    JerryT says: "Great Historian"
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