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S Magazine 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 history. 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

Summary Practicing History Selected Essays

Practicing History Selected Essays

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 historian's. I m somewhat new to Tuchman having read only The Guns of August and this 1981 compilation of essays and speeches ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s By far the most interesting pieces are in the first section The Craft where she discusses her habits of research and writing Among her pointers use primary sources only and edit ruthlessly Resist including some irresistible anecdote if it doesn t help or advance your narrative The second section is titled The Yield meaning what her craft yielded and the third section is titled Learning from History In this section Why Policy Makers Do Not Listen was very good because it contains little historical set pieces rather than simply opinion Here we learn why President McKinley did not listen when deciding whether to annex the Philippines why President Wilson di

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Role to striking insights into America's past and present to trenchant observations on the international Practicing History eBook #9734 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 Time. 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 an historical figure She also writes with the racism that was common to her class and era she ascribes motivations and worldviews to the Oriental for example It s a bit jarring but mostly fascinating as an artifact of that era The book is divided into essays and lectures on writing about history and then essays and articles that are historical in content Both are fascinating her historical articles often examine lesser figures or moments as a way of illuminating larger issues And some of her sentences positively sing It s been a long time since I ve been so tempted to underline d


10 thoughts on “Practicing History Selected Essays

  1. says:

    I'm somewhat new to Tuchman having read only The Guns of August and this 1981 compilation of essays and speeches ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s By far the most interesting pieces are in the first section The Craft where

  2. says:

    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 wen

  3. says:

    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 Sh

  4. says:

    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 main

  5. says:

    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 remainde

  6. says:

    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 an historical figure She also writes with the racism that was common to her class and era; she ascribes motivations and worldviews to the Oriental for example It's a bit jarring but mostly fascinating as an ar

  7. says:

    The first portion of the book is about the author's philosophy and methods for writing popular narrative histor

  8. says:

    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 a

  9. says:

    Her 1981 book of essays Most interesting to me were her Watergate era thoughts on the Presidency how it’s become too powerful too much for one person The Bush years would have blown her mind Thinking there’s an essay in there I died inside a little when I saw her uoted in Natl Review on Google I suppose she’s well worth stealing as Orwell said of Dickens“Don’t look up so much material” a newspaper editor said “You ca

  10. says:

    I’ve appreciated Tuchman’s history writing and visiting these essays than 30 years after they were written is fascinating Some of them are just curmudgeonly and out of date Some of the discussion of how to wr

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