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Barbara W. Tuchman (1912–1989)

Autor(a) de A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

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About the Author

Barbara W. Tuchman 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. There followed other successes, including The Proud Tower, Stilwell and the American Experience in China (also mostrar mais awarded the Pulitzer Prize), A Distant Mirror, The March of Folly, and The First Salute. mostrar menos


Obras por Barbara W. Tuchman

The Guns of August (1962) 6,526 exemplares
The Zimmermann Telegram (1958) 1,497 exemplares
Notes from China (1972) 105 exemplares
The Book (1980) 18 exemplares

Associated Works

The Merchant of Prato (1957) — Prefácio, algumas edições478 exemplares
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Contribuidor — 142 exemplares
The Anarchists (1964) — Contribuidor — 112 exemplares
Summer: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2005) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



April-June Theme Read: War and Regions in Conflict em Reading Globally (Fevereiro 10)
GROUP READ: The Guns of August em 2013 Category Challenge (Setembro 2013)


This book is fantastic in its depth. The author did not come to fuck around, she came to murder - with precision - the fond notion of knighthood, kings, princesses, castles and any kind feelings you may have reserved for “the Church”.

When I began reading Dante’s Divine Comedy (not finished yet JEEZ), I realized how little I understood of 14th century western culture. For instance how the world of Dante reacted to his canticles - how his writings influenced culture. Anyway, I remembered to read this book. Which given the time we find ourselves in during a global pandemic .... this is triggering as fuck and also so goddamned well written. The parallels between then and now will ENRAGE you.

Anyway, the author’s writing is entertaining and everyone should read PARTS of this book. I get that 14th century plague and cultural commentary may not be for everyone, but if nothing else read the preface.
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s_carr | 123 outras críticas | Feb 25, 2024 |
I found this book fascinating, but I fear that most people who pick it up will put it down after the first several chapters, in which Tuchman provides a religious, social, economic, and political context for the century. The rest of the book is defined by the military escapades of French knight Enguerrand de Coucy, but it's really just a framework to discuss the development of the themes Tuchman stakes out in the early chapters. However, if you're easily bored by military history, it might be best to take a pass on this one.… (mais)
Byakhee | 123 outras críticas | Feb 21, 2024 |
This is an excellent review of the events that dragged the US into World War I, focusing on the unrestricted U boat campaign, but in particular the Zimmerman telegram, how it came about and how it was decoded and revealed. A fascinating discussion of events that led to the US entry in WWI - and the seeds of WWII.
Karlstar | 28 outras críticas | Feb 11, 2024 |



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