Practicing History: Selected Essays

By Barbara W. Tuchman
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12.87 Hours 11/23/2009 unabridged
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Master historian Barbara W. Tuchman looks at history in a unique way and draws lessons from what she sees. This accessible introduction to the subject of history offers striking insights into American’s past and present, trenchant observations on the international scene, and thoughtful pieces on the historian’s role. History should not just be a series of facts, names, and dates—it should be a flowing narrative, the story of humanity, written as vividly as a novel. Here is a splendid body of work, the story of a lifetime spent “practicing history.”

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Master historian Barbara W. Tuchman looks at history in a unique way and draws lessons from what she sees. This accessible introduction to the subject of history offers striking insights into American’s past and present, trenchant observations on the international scene, and thoughtful pieces on the historian’s role. History should not just be a series of facts, names, and dates—it should be a flowing narrative, the story of humanity, written as vividly as a novel.

Here is a splendid body of work, the story of a lifetime spent “practicing history.”

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A book to celebrate…A delight to read.” New York Times Book Review
“The essays about writing in Practicing History are an invaluable and charming tutorial for those interested in learning the historian’s craft. History students, especially those entering graduate study, would be well advised to steep themselves in her advice.” Wall Street Journal
“Persuades and enthralls…I can think of no better primer for the nonexpert who wishes to learn history.” Chicago Sun-Times
“Provocative, consistent, and beautifully readable, an event not to be missed by history buffs.” Baltimore Sun
“I was then, and am still, in awe of her ability to write history and make it readable. This volume of essays is no exception.” International Social Science Review

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Author

Author Bio: Barbara W. Tuchman

Barbara W. Tuchman (1912–1989), American historian, was born in New York City and graduated from Radcliffe College in 1933. A self-trained historian, she was a writer for the Nation and an editor for the US Office of War Information. In her later years she was a lecturer at Harvard and the US Naval War College. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1963 for The Guns of August and in 1972 for Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911–45. She was awarded the 1978 Gold Medal for History from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 12.87
Audience: Adult
Language: English