Wednesday, May 2, 2012
A Portraitist of History
Nice to see Barbara Tuchman is now part of the Library of America,
One of the best-known historians of her time, Barbara W. Tuchman (1912–1989) distilled the complex interplay of personalities and events into gripping narratives that combine lucid scholarship with elegant literary art. A shrewd portraitist, she laid bare the all-too-human failures of leaders caught in the pull of historical currents and often tragically blinded by biases of culture and temperament.
This latest volume includes The Guns of August and The Proud Tower. I'm surprised they didn't include The Zimmerman Telegram.