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The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I

The Guns of August - Barbara W. Tuchman, Robert K. Massie It's the anti-Killer Angels. While the fictionalized account of the civil war endowed each character with a sort of super-sympathy (failures brought about by 'caring to deeply', etc.), all of the generals in Tuchman's non-fiction account of WW1 are clouded with fear, doubt, ego, caprice, and malice. The amount of research is incredible, but the read is often dry. I frequently caught my mind wandering and, after a while, I just let it.I learned a bit more about battles, maneuvers, maps, and bureaucracies than I did about causes and implications, which would have been preferable. And was left feeling just sad. That was a whole lot of killing.