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4.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5 4.30 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara W. Tuchman Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9781455195442
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jeffrey | 8/19/2013

    " As might be expected of any contemporary essays or opinion pieces, some in this collection are still currently relevant, while others are of historical interest. I find her historical books to be far more involving and enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rae | 1/16/2013

    " Reading this book was a requirement for one of my college history classes. It is probably the finest book written on the craft of history as an art form. I dip into it fairly often. Tuchman was a master historian! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clark Hinckley | 1/12/2013

    " Quite simply, the best book about writing history, by one the best writers of history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 12/24/2012

    " A very good overview of how a historian does her "job" and some of the results of her work. I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys reading history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leena | 8/10/2012

    " About the writing of history by one of the best historians of our time. A must-read for anyone who is interested in good writing and accurate, interesting history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Gardner | 5/30/2012

    " Essays on the craft of writing history and the nature of being a historian. A fitting climax to the series of wonderful books which have made both the Middle Ages and 20th century history accessible to the literate lay reader and still be of service to the student of history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 5/24/2012

    " Great book for someone trying to write about history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/19/2011

    " Essays on the craft of writing history and the nature of being a historian. A fitting climax to the series of wonderful books which have made both the Middle Ages and 20th century history accessible to the literate lay reader and still be of service to the student of history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 1/5/2009

    " Several essays are brilliant, plus there is a wide array of subjects. In particular:

    How We Entered World War I
    Pedicaris Alive or Raisuli Dead
    The Final Solution

    My first intro to Tuchman and I'll definitely read more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leena | 3/21/2008

    " About the writing of history by one of the best historians of our time. A must-read for anyone who is interested in good writing and accurate, interesting history. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara W. Tuchman

Barbara W. Tuchman (1912–1989), American historian, was born in New York City and graduated from Radcliffe College in 1933. 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.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.