I enjoyed this book. I felt this was a part of history I was lacking in knowledge. This book was exactly what I was looking for.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. One of the finest works of history ever written WWI
somewhat dry review of events leading to WW1.
I expected to like this "Pulitzer Prize-winning classic about the outbreak of World War I" but I actually found it kind of dull. It starts and finishes with interesting explanations of the larger political background, but most of the book is spent detailing military maneuvers and the egos of various Gen. Blowhards.
An excellent example of a history book. Well written, interesting, and very educational. I learned mounds of information about the participants in the Great War, and enjoyed every minute of it.
Tuchman rightfully earned her Pulitzer for this eye popping examination of the what, who, where, and why of the first month of WWI. Impeccable research and engaging narrative made this a hard to put down read. There was a reason she chose to focus on just this one month when asked to write a history of the war. The arrogance and folly of men is laid bare in the month of August. The next four years are just a footnote to a European generation lost to German aggression-- they are also a prelude to Germany's next move two decades later.
I was enthralled when I read it as a teenager. Hard to believe that more time has passed since the writing of this book and now, than between 1914 and 1962.
This is the definative book on the begining of WWI. It traces the routes that led to the conflict.