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The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

by Barbara W. Tuchman

Publisher:Random House Trade Paperbacks



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The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmerman Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchmans classic histories of the First World War era

During the fateful quarter century leading up to World War I, the climax of a century of rapid, unprecedented change, a privileged few enjoyed Olympian luxury as the underclass was heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate. In The Proud Tower, Barbara W. Tuchman brings the era to vivid life: the decline of the Edwardian aristocracy; the Anarchists of Europe and America; Germany and its self-depicted hero, Richard Strauss; Diaghilevs Russian ballet and Stravinskys music; the Dreyfus Affair; the Peace Conferences in The Hague; and the enthusiasm and tragedy of Socialism, epitomized by the assassination of Jean Jaurès on the night the Great War began and an epoch came to a close.
Praise for The Proud Tower
[Barbara W. Tuchmans] Pulitzer Prizewinning The Guns of August was an expert evocation of the first spasm of the 19141918 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 authors 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

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