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The Proud Tower

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The Proud Tower by Barbara W. Tuchman
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Aug 27, 1996 | ISBN 9780345405012

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“[Barbara W. Tuchman’s] Pulitzer Prize–winning The Guns of August was an expert evocation of the first spasm of the 1914–1918 war. She brings the same narrative gifts and panoramic camera eye to her portrait of the antebellum world.”Newsweek
“A rare combination of impeccable scholarship and literary polish . . . It would be impossible to read The Proud Tower without pleasure and admiration.”The New York Times
“An exquisitely written and thoroughly engrossing work . . . The author’s knowledge and skill are so impressive that they whet the appetite for more.”Chicago Tribune
“[Tuchman] tells her story with cool wit and warm understanding.”Time

Author Essay

THE PROUD TOWER by Barbara Tuchman examines the Western World of approximately 100 years ago. Technologically the world was a very different from today, but the strifes between economic groups and among nations bears many similarities to our own time.  Tuchman examines the economic, social, political, and  technological world of the period 1890-1914. By this period, the United States had become an important player in world affairs. The Haymarket Affair in Chicago fueled the development of international anarchism which led to the assasinations of political figures in Russia, Italy, France and lastly President McKinley in the United States. Tuchman’s unraveling of the the Dreyfus Affair is, in itself, worth the price of the book.  In THE PROUD TOWER  Tuchman describes the western world that exploded into The Great War (which she describes in THE GUNS OF AUGUST).

Randy Hickernell, Ballantine Sales Rep.

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