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The Proud Tower
The Proud Tower
Author: Barbara W. Tuchman
A Panorama of the years before World War 1 (1890 - 1914)
ISBN: 133360
Publication Date: 11/1970
Pages: 615

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Publisher: Bantam Books
Book Type: Paperback
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I listened to The Proud Tower, by Barbara Tuchman (audio book) over several weeks at work. It was LONG so I can't imagine how long the actual book must be! As with most of the audio books I listen to while working, I couldn't pay close attention to everything, but it was very interesting all the same. It was a look at the social and political mood of the world in the 30 or so years leading up to World War I. That is a time period I don't recall studying much in school. The growth of socialism, the growth - in numbers and political power - of the middle class, the advances and restrictions on new weapons ... all these contributed to the political climate leading up to the Great War. I don't know if I'll ever sit down and read this book in full, but it is a wonderful resource for someone wanting to understand how the world changed seemingly overnight.