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Barbara W. Tuchman

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Barbara W. Tuchman (1912–1989) achieved prominence as a historian with The Zimmermann Telegram and international fame with The Guns of August—a huge bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Her other works include Bible and Sword, The Proud Tower, Stilwell and the American Experience in China (for which Tuchman was awarded a second Pulitzer Prize), Notes from China, A Distant Mirror, Practicing History, The March of Folly, and The First Salute.

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Bible and Sword
England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 12, 1984
Price: $18.00

From early times, the British have been drawn to the Holy Land through two major influences: the translation of the Bible into English, and later, the imperial need to control the road to India and access to the oil of the Middle East. Under these influences, one cultural and the other... Read more >
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Bible and Sword
England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 13, 2011
Price: $13.99

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A Distant Mirror
The Calamitous 14th Century
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 12, 1987
Price: $18.00

Winner of the National Book Award for History

The 14th century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand a glittering time of crusades, castles, cathedrals, chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; on the other, a time of ferocity, spiritual agony–a world of chaos. Barbara Tuchman anatomizes the century, revealing... Read more >
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A Distant Mirror
The Calamitous 14th Century
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: eBook, 784 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 3, 2011
Price: $13.99

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The First Salute
A View of the American Revolution
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 6, 1989
Price: $18.00

Tuchman analyzes the American Revolution in a brilliantly original way, placing the war in the historical context of the centuries-long conflicts between England and both France and Holland, demonstrating how the aid of both of these nations made the triumph of American independence possible. She sheds light on the key role... Read more >
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The First Salute
A View of the American Revolution
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: eBook, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 22, 2011
Price: $13.99

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The Guns of August
The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: August 3, 2004
Price: $7.99

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning history, Tuchman writes about the turning point of the year 1914--the month leading up to the war and the first month of the war. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and... Read more >
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The Guns of August
The Outbreak of World War I; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 8, 1994
Price: $18.00

With the book that won the Pulitzer Prize, historian Barbara Tuchman lucidly examines the critical moves of August, 1914 and the events that led up to World War I. With keen attention to detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Tuchman reveals how the war started, the... Read more >
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The Guns of August
The Outbreak of World War I; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: eBook, 608 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 22, 2009
Price: $7.99

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The March of Folly
From Troy to Vietnam
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 12, 1985
Price: $18.00

In March of Folly Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman explores a phenomenon she calls "folly in government...the pursuit of policy contrary to the governing body's interest." Drawing on a comprehensive array of examples, from Montezuma's senseless surrender of his empire in 1520 to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Tuchman defines folly... Read more >
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The March of Folly
From Troy to Vietnam
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: eBook, 528 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 20, 2011
Price: $13.99

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Notes from China

Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $16.00

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Notes from China

Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $9.99

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Practicing History
Selected Essays
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 12, 1982
Price: $18.00

From thoughtful pieces on a historian’s role to striking insights into America’s past and present, including trenchant observations on the international scene, Tuchman looks at history in a unique way and draws lessons from what she sees.

"Persuades and enthralls...I can think of no better primer for the [student] who wishes... Read more >
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Practicing History
Selected Essays
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 13, 2011
Price: $13.99

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The Proud Tower
A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 27, 1996
Price: $18.00

The fateful quarter-century leading up to the 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... Read more >
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The Proud Tower
A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: eBook, 608 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 31, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Stilwell and the American Experience in China
1911-1945
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: eBook, 768 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $9.99

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Stilwell and the American Experience in China
1911-1945
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $20.00

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The Zimmermann Telegram
America Enters the War, 1917-1918; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 12, 1985
Price: $18.00

In January of 1917, the war in Europe was, at best, a tragic standoff. Britain knew that Europe would be saved only if the U.S. joined the war. President Wilson was unshakable in his neutrality and in his efforts to mediate peace. Then, with a single stroke, the tool to propel... Read more >
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