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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 reasons behind its ignition, and why it could have all been stopped. This is a classic historical survey of a time and a people.
“Fascinating.... One of the finest works of history written.... A splendid and glittering performance.” –The New York Times
“Where she has improved upon her predecessors is in illuminating, practically inch by inch, the roads by which the fateful decisions were reached in Berlin, Paris, St. Petersburg, and London and by transforming the drama’s protagonists as well as its immense supporting cast from half-legendary and half-shadowy figures into full-dimensional believable persons.”–Christian Science Monitor
“A magnificent narrative–beautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained.....The product of painstaking and sophisticated research.”-Chicago Tribune
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface; I. The Origins of the War; II. The Opposing Forces and Plans; III. 1914–The Clinch; Scene 1. The Battle That Was Not, Yet Turned the Tide–The Marne; Scene 2. The Field of Legend–Tannenberg; IV. 1915-–The Deadlock; Scene 1. The Birth of a “Plan”–The Dardanelles; Scene 2. The Slip ‘twixt Lip and Cup–The Landing on Gallipoli, April 25, 1915; Scene 3. The Gas Cloud at Ypres–April 22, 1915; Scene 4. The Unwanted Battle–Loos, September 15, 1915; V. 1916–The “Dog-Fall”; Scene 1. The Mincing Machine–Verdun; Scene 2. The Brusilov Offensive; Scene 3. The Somme Offensive; Scene 4. The Growing Pains of the Tank; Scene 5. Rumania Swallowed; Scene 6. The Capture of Baghdad; Scene 7. The Battle of Blind Man’s Buff–Jutland; VI. 1917–The Strain; Scene 1. The Halt and Lame Offensive–Arras, April 1917; Scene 2. The Siege-War Masterpiece–Messines; Scene 3. The “Road” to Passchendaele; Scene 4. The Tank Surprise at Cambrai; Scene 5. “Caporetto”; VII. 1918–The Break; Scene 1. The First Break-Through; Scene 2. The Break-Through in Flanders; Scene 3. The Break-Through to the Marne; Scene 4. The Second Battle of the Marne, July 1918; Scene 5. The “Black Day” of the German Army, August 8; Scene 6. Megiddo–The Annihilation of the Turkish Armies; Scene 7. The Battle of a Dream–St. Mihie; Scene 8. The Battle of a Nightmare–The Meuse-Argonne; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index