Review: The Guns of August

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The Guns of August
The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The first half of the book lives up to its reputation. The story of folly and false pride and mis-perceptions and hubris is told very well in the exposition. The style takes some getting used to, as it is impossible for a non-expert to keep track of the many names, places, and dates that clutter each page. But trusting her authority on the facts, her narrative causes shock and wincing heartbreak. Though the premise is fascinating, the book slowly loses its sharp edge and turns into an exhaustive drudgery of facts in its 500-page course.

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Victor A. Davis has always loved reading and writing short stories. He is an avid hiker and even when away from the world of laptops and wifi, keeps a pocket paperback and a handwritten journal to keep him company on trail. He is the author of two short story collections, Grains of Sand and The Gingerbread Collection. Join his Mailing List for special announcements about upcoming works.