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''Fascinating . . . One of the finest works of history written . . . A splendid and glittering performance.'' --The New York Times

''A brilliant piece of military history which proves up to the hilt the force of Winston Churchill's statement that the first month of World War I was 'a drama never surpassed.' A writer with an impeccable sense of telling detail, Mrs. Tuchman is able to evoke both the enormous pattern of the tragedy and the minutiae which make it human.'' --Newsweek

''[A] beautifully organized, compelling narrative.'' --San Francisco Chronicle

''An epic -- never flagging in suspense . . . It seemed hardly possible that anything new of significance could be said about the prelude to and the first month of World War I. But this is exactly what Mrs. Tuchman has succeeded in doing . . . 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.'' --The Christian Science Monitor

''More dramatic than fiction . . . magnificent . . . beautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced . . . The product of painstaking and sophisticated research.'' --Chicago Tribune

''I have been unable to put this book down . . . Barbara W. Tuchman writes brilliantly and inspiringly . . . The Guns of August is lucid, fair, critical, and witty.'' --New York Times Book Review

''In provoking musing thoughts, Tuchman has no contemporary equal. Her book, thus, has a vitality that transcends its narrative virtues, which are considerable, and its feel for characterizations, which is excellent.'' --Wall Street Journal

''Tuchman's masterpiece of historical reconstruction has been given a narrator who comprehends in full its enormous narrative power . . . Tuchman creates caustic portrayals of kings, kaisers, and generalissimos with a keen eye and ear for detail and an instinct for the right quote and the right word. [Narrator] Nadia May (aka Wanda McCaddon) delivers all these with ease and naturalness. While Tuchman's large cast of armies and their generals is challenging, May(McCaddon) lessens this difficulty with her mimicry of national accents, as well as her pacing and variations in tone. This unforgettable listening experience is recommended for all lovers of history, audiobooks, and a flat-out great story.'' --AudioFile

''Narrator Nadia May (aka Wanda McCaddon) sounds exactly as listeners would expect historian Barbara Tuchman to sound: educated, knowledgeable and fascinated with her subject -- like the best kind of history professor -- and her British accent lends more authority.'' --SoundCommentary.com

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'The most realistic and breathtaking account of what front-line action was like in World War II... by any combatant, Allied or Axis.' Douglas Fisher

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9706 KB
  • Print Length: 561 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0006WQCC2
  • Publisher: Penguin; 01 edition (5 June 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin UK
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IB43Q6C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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