Barbara W. Tuchman (1912-1989) 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. Her other works include Bible and Sword, The Proud Tower, Stilwell and the American Experience in China (for which Tuchman was awarded a second Pulitzer Prize), Notes from China, A Distant Mirror, Practicing History, The March of Folly, and The First Salute.
"Beautifully written, careful and thorough in its scholarship . . .
What Ms. Tuchman does superbly is to tell how it was. . . .
No one has ever done this better."-The New York Review of
"A beautiful, extraordinary book . . . Tuchman at the top of her powers . . . She has done nothing finer."-The Wall Street Journal
"Wise, witty, and wonderful . . . a great book, in a great historical tradition."-Commentary