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    I'm somewhat new to Tuchman having read only The Guns of August and this 1981 compilation of essays and speeches r

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    I started out loving Barbara Tuchman's book of essays The first eight essays on the craft of writing history sent me over the moon My ardor went down just a degree or two in the next section which might be described as history in small chunks Although the final section in which she comments about 1960 1970 current affairs yields nuggets I found myself in disagreement with Tuchman and disengaged with her writing It seems to me the further aw

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    Listened to this but it was probably better suited to reading in print Barbara Tuchman was perhaps the David McCullough of the past generation a self trained historian who wrote excellent best selling histories twice won Pulitzer I vaguely rem

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    They say you should never meet your heroes Also you probably should never read essays by your favorite historian at least if you care to mainta

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    I ran across an old audio cassette version of this book not long ago and although it didn't have all the essays included

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    I very much enjoyed this book Tuchman is definitely from a different era and writes about looking back to refined language while grappling with issues of whether or not to include vulgarity if it's part of the character of

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    The first portion of the book is about the author's philosophy and methods for writing popular narrative histories It's well worth a read by anyone who has any interest in the subject The rest of the book is assorted articles All are at least 40 years old and didn't age well and in the light of hindsight didn't come true Tuchman was a product of the earlier 20th century and died before the end of the Cold War this is one of the

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    One of the fun parts of Goodread is finding books that I have not read by authors I likeor in this case love If you are not a historian and wonder what all the fuss about the subject it I suggest you read one of

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    Her 1981 book of essays Most interesting to me were her Watergate era thoughts on the Presidency how it’s become too powe

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    I’ve appreciated Tuchman’s history writing and visiting these essays than 30 years after they were written is

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E The Atlantic Foreign Affairs Harper's The Nation and The Saturday Evening Post Tuchman weighs in on a range of eclectic topics from Israel and Mao Tse tung to a Freudian reading of Woodrow Wilson This is a splendid body of work the story of a lifetime spent practicing histo One of the fun parts of Goodread is finding books that I have not read by authors I likeor in this case love If you are not a historian and wonder what all the fuss about the subject it I suggest you read one of her books If you are a historian than by all means read all of her books and find out how to write about the subject

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Synopsis Celebrated for bringing a personal touch to history in her Pulitzer Prize winning epic The Guns of August and other classic books Barbara W Tuchman reflects on world events and the historian's craft in these perceptive essential essays From thoughtful pieces on the h Listened to this but it was probably better suited to reading in print Barbara Tuchman was perhaps the David McCullough of the past generation a self trained historian who wrote excellent best selling histories twice won Pulitzer I vaguely remember reading The Guns of August and A Distant Mirror back in the late 1970s She compiled this collection late in her career almost all the pieces had been published previously The first section The Craft of History is top notch I of course particularly enjoyed the essay on The Houses of Research She emphasizes the use of primary sources staying focused on the narrative and how publishing is changing as self help and business books take over the non fiction best seller lists I still found the second two sections interesting but they were rather dated as she looks at the events from the era she has lived through and is living in such as Vietnam her perspective shows her to be very much a woman of her times I am thinking of revisiting A Distant Mirror somehow it seems suited for this moment in time

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Istorian's role to striking insights into America's past and present to trenchant observations on the international scene Barbara W Tuchman looks at history in a uniue way and draws lessons from what she sees Spanning than four decades of writing in The New York Times Magazin I ran across an old audio cassette version of this book not long ago and although it didn t have all the essays included in the book it was enough to get me started I also had a copy on my shelves and so I read the remainder about as much cut from the audio as it included and felt that the best may have been left off the cassettesThe book is divided into thirds The Craft The Yield and Learning From History The Craft was included in its entirety in the audio edition which makes sense as it seems to encapsulate the idea behind Practicing History I enjoyed it for Tuchman s reflections on how she understands the historian s role and comments about her own past work but it didn t have that same attraction for me as her work itself None of The Yield was included in the audio version though here is where I felt were the best essays Not all of them but there were three that I felt were particularly enjoyable and were Tuchman doing what she did best making a historical event feel immediate and even suspenseful Perdicaris Alive or Raisuli Dead was the best of these I thought and though I can t be absolutely sure I believe this incident with a lot of alterations was the basis for the film The Wind and the Lion edit a uick check of Wikipedia confirms it How We Entered World War I was also excellent and better than its title Lastly If Mao Had Come to Washington is than just a what if scenario and an interesting examination of America s China policy in the closing years of WWIIThe last section Learning From History is somewhat meta ironic now reading it now we see how someone from fifty years ago applied the knowledge gained in her previous fifty years to judge then current situations that we see as historical fodder useful perhaps for learning how to assess our times If I say it s dated I mean it in the sense that Vietnam and Watergate do not have the pressing concerns for us that they did for Tuchman at the time of writing but the larger point is about drawing lessons from the past to guide the present which is something that within reason shouldn t go out of style On the other hand reading then current opinion pieces on Nixon and Vietnam can be somewhat tedious today Or not I suppose depending on your outlook If you don t find that sort of thing tedious then I think that would swing this collection of essays to a definite to read position for you For me I m almost of a mind to keep the collection for the three pieces I mentioned in the middle of the book but I m afraid my shelf space is too valuable real estate Her Guns of August will always have a place though