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  1. says: Barbara W. Tuchman ☆ 1 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS ´ KTIU.RU ☆ Barbara W. Tuchman CHARACTERS Ü Practicing History Selected Essays

    Barbara W. Tuchman ☆ 1 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS Ü Practicing History Selected Essays 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 Th

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    CHARACTERS ´ KTIU.RU ☆ Barbara W. Tuchman CHARACTERS Ü Practicing History Selected Essays 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 went down just a degree or two in the next section which might be describe

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    CHARACTERS Ü Practicing History Selected Essays 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 She compiled this collection late in her career; almost all the pieces had been published previously The

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    CHARACTERS Ü Practicing History Selected Essays CHARACTERS ´ KTIU.RU ☆ Barbara W. Tuchman Barbara W. Tuchman ☆ 1 CHARACTERS 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 maintain your high opinion of their insight This was a disillusioning read primarily because it so clearly reveals the author’s previously hidden biases Eurocentric fervently pro Israel to the point of Arabophobia socially conservative to the point of clueless prudishness None of it should be surprising

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    REVIEW Practicing History Selected Essays CHARACTERS Ü Practicing History Selected Essays CHARACTERS ´ KTIU.RU ☆ Barbara W. Tuchman 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 remainder about as much cut from the audio as it included and felt that the best may have been left

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    CHARACTERS Ü Practicing History Selected Essays 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 fascinati

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    REVIEW Practicing History Selected Essays CHARACTERS Ü Practicing History Selected Essays The first portion of the book is about the author's philosophy and methods for writing popular narrative histories It's well worth a read by anyone who has any interest in the subject The rest of the book is assorted articles All are at least 40 years old and didn't age well and in the light of hindsight didn't come true

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    CHARACTERS ´ KTIU.RU ☆ Barbara W. Tuchman CHARACTERS Ü Practicing History Selected Essays 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

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    CHARACTERS Ü Practicing History Selected Essays Her 1981 book of essays Most interesting to me were her Watergate era thoughts on the Presidency how it’s become too powerful too

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    CHARACTERS Ü Practicing History Selected Essays 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 write good history really stands

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REVIEW Practicing History Selected Essays

Barbara W. Tuchman ☆ 1 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS Ü 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 h. 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 did not listen when sending the Marines to Vera Cruz and why President Roosevelt did not accept the truths of the Stalinist purges which were being reported to him by American Embassy staff in MoscowTuchman mentions several pieces that she had axed from the collection pre publication because they read as too out of date including an account of President Kennedy s funeral But her 1967 piece Israel Land of Unlimited Impossibilities reads today as almost ridiculously boosterish Rather than standing up to the test of time her criterion for inclusion it seems like something frozen in a cheery time capsule And the essay Israel s Swift Sword written also in 1967 for The Atlantic has such a worshipful tone it could have been ghostwritten by the IDF It contains the not very historical sentence Where the Jew uestions the Arab dreams and points starkly than any other essay here to Tuchman s own dictum that a historian needsa perspective of at least twenty five years and preferably fifty to form an opinion of any value From the perspective of the 21st century these two might be the weakest pieces although they do have some competition Her writing is strongest when she s writing actual history not opining on Vietnam or Watergate which when she was writing about them were current Those particular essays don t stand out from the crowd of contemporary opinion pieces on the subjects জামশেদ মুস্তফির হাড় 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 did not listen when sending the Marines to Vera Cruz and why President Roosevelt did not accept the truths of the Stalinist purges which were being reported to him by American Embassy staff in MoscowTuchman mentions several pieces that she had axed from the collection pre publication because they read as too out of date including an account of President Kennedy s funeral But her 1967 piece Israel Land of Unlimited Impossibilities reads today as almost ridiculously boosterish Rather than standing up to the test of time her criterion for inclusion it seems like something frozen in a cheery time capsule And the essay Israel s Swift Sword written also in 1967 for The Atlantic has such a worshipful tone it could have been Memoirs of Madame de La Tour du Pin ghostwritten by the IDF It contains the not very historical sentence Where the Jew uestions the Arab dreams and points starkly than any other essay here to Tuchman s own dictum that a historian needsa perspective of at least twenty five years and preferably fifty to form an opinion of any value From the perspective of the 21st century these two might be the weakest pieces although they do have some competition Her writing is strongest when she s writing actual history not opining on Vietnam or Watergate which when she was writing about them were current Those particular essays don t stand out from the crowd of contemporary opinion pieces on the subjects

CHARACTERS ´ KTIU.RU ☆ Barbara W. Tuchman

Practicing History Selected Essays

Barbara W. Tuchman ☆ 1 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS Ü Practicing History Selected Essays Istorian's role to striking insights into America's past and present to trenchant observations on the international 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 Times Magazin. 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 maintain your high opinion of their insight This was a disillusioning read primarily because it so clearly reveals the author s previously hidden biases Eurocentric fervently pro Israel to the point of Arabophobia socially conservative to the point of clueless prudishness None of it should be surprising I guess for someone born in 1912 but the undercurrents of internalized repression and uiet white supremacy were disheartening to this 21st century liberal readerThe worst comes in the middle section facile tossed off sketches from her time as a correspondent in Japan and Spain a self serving piece lionizing her rich family members early support of the Jewish State book reviews throwing shade on Freud Woodrow Wilson and Kissinger and stale panegyrics to humanity s great achievements The one bright spot is an examination of the Six Day War Called Israel s Swift Sword that succeeds in spite of its blatant uncritical hero worshipThe first section mostly concerned with her early attempts at writing history as well as her research and composition methods is charmingly down to earth The last section is mostly concerned with then contemporary events of Vietnam and Watergate And despite some lazy HuffPo level armchair politics it offers surprisingly trenchant thoughts for the Age of Trump Consider The Presidency has gained too great a lead it has bewitched the occupant the press and the public The villain is not the man but the office Consider progressives like me disappointed by Obama s drone strikes and maintaining Guantanamo BayOr this He the president must appear firm he must appear dominant he must never on any account appear soft and by some magic transformation which he has come to believe in he must make history s list of great Presidents That rings true for every modern president from Reagan to Clinton to Obama to TrumpAnd finally But if it can be said that the press gives the public what it wants then all of us are responsible We have given too much greatness to the Presidency We might blame the 24 hour news networks or the social media outrage machine except that they re just the supply All of us provide the demandSo this was a disillusioning read in the best possible way I came to see the author not as possessing uniue insights and historical truths but as following her own obsessions wherever they led making connections some on target some off the mark and trying to stay honest despite temptations and past failures Kill your idols man Mao Zedong guess for someone born in 1912 but the undercurrents of internalized repression and uiet white supremacy were disheartening to this 21st century liberal readerThe worst comes in the middle section facile tossed off sketches from her time as a correspondent in Japan and Spain a self serving piece lionizing her rich family members early support of the Jewish State book reviews throwing shade on Freud Woodrow Wilson and Kissinger and stale panegyrics to humanity s The Monarchs Are Missing great achievements The one bright spot is an examination of the Six Day War Called Israel s Swift Sword that succeeds in spite of its blatant uncritical hero worshipThe first section mostly concerned with her early attempts at writing history as well as her research and composition methods is charmingly down to earth The last section is mostly concerned with then contemporary events of Vietnam and Watergate And despite some lazy HuffPo level armchair politics it offers surprisingly trenchant thoughts for the Age of Trump Consider The Presidency has Report an issue great a lead it has bewitched the occupant the press and the public The villain is not the man but the office Consider progressives like me disappointed by Obama s drone strikes and maintaining Guantanamo BayOr this He the president must appear firm he must appear dominant he must never on any account appear soft and by some magic transformation which he has come to believe in he must make history s list of Love is Blind great Presidents That rings true for every modern president from Reagan to Clinton to Obama to TrumpAnd finally But if it can be said that the press Straight To Sleep Gay Somnophilia gives the public what it wants then all of us are responsible We have Sea Witch Rising Sea Witch #2 given too much

Barbara W. Tuchman ☆ 1 CHARACTERS

Barbara W. Tuchman ☆ 1 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS Ü Practicing History Selected Essays E 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 histo. 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

  • Hardcover
  • 312
  • Practicing History Selected Essays
  • Barbara W. Tuchman
  • English
  • 03 March 2018
  • 9780394520865