Barbara Wertheim Tuchman (January 30, 1912 – February 6, 1989) was an American historian and author. She became widely known first for The Guns of August (later August 1914), a best-selling history of the prelude to and the first month of World War I, which won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1963.
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''Diplomacy means all the wicked devices of the Old World, spheres of influence, balances of power, secret treaties, triple alliances, and, during the interwar period, appeasement of Fascism.''Barbara Tuchman (1912-1989), U.S. historian. "If Mao Had Come to Washington in 1945," Foreign Affairs (New York, Oct. 1972). Referring to "the dee...
''Reasonable orders are easy enough to obey; it is capricious, bureaucratic or plain idiotic demands that form the habit of discipline.''Barbara Tuchman (1912-1989), U.S. historian. Stilwell and the American Experience in China: 1911-1945, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1970).
''No more distressing moment can ever face a British government than that which requires it to come to a hard, fast and specific decision.''Barbara Tuchman (1912-1989), U.S. historian. The Guns of August, ch. 9 (1962).
''Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip.''Barbara Tuchman (1912-1989), U.S. historian. The Guns of August, ch. 2 (1962).