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The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I

The Guns of August - Barbara W. Tuchman, Robert K. Massie B. Tuchman's 1963 Pulitzer The Guns of August may not have invented the 'rewrite book,'* but it's as if she did. still being read today, Tuchman was not a professional historian but a skilled lyricist who composed an eminently readable examination of August 1914, and the gun battle that erupted in northern france as well as the gun battle that erupted with two german schnellcruisers located in the mediterranean at the outbreak of war.

* rewrite book: book not written by professionals in the field but a generalist writing for the mass audience.