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Topic - Barbara Tuchman
On the morning of March 1, 1917, virtually every American newspaper published a bombshell story: a report on a telegram from the German foreign secretary, Arthur Zimmermann, proposing an alliance with Mexico. He offered his country's support to Mexico for reconquering "the lost territory in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona" in exchange for a Mexican attack on the United States should the Americans enter the war on the side of the Allies.
When you write about war, Barbara Tuchman once told aspiring historians, write as though you don't know who won. That's hard to do. It's just as hard to write about which presidential candidate will win a tight race.
Fifty years after the publication of "Catch-22," author Joseph Heller is long dead, and his editor has finally gotten around to re-reading it.
Fifty years after the publication of "Catch-22," author Joseph Heller is long dead and his editor has finally gotten around to re-reading it.
In her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "The Guns of August," Barbara Tuchman chronicles how a cascading series of seemingly minor developments led inexorably to World War I and the worst carnage known to man up to that time. In the future, historians may point to the present "Diplomacy of September" as the catalyst for the next horrific conflict now in the offing in the Middle East, and potentially beyond.
When you write about war, Barbara Tuchman once told aspiring historians, write as though you don't know who won.