Barbara Tuchman was born 30 January 1912, and died 6 February 1989
- Books are humanity in print.
- Books are the carriers of civilisation. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
- Arguments can always be found to turn desire into policy.
- I want the reader to turn the page and keep on turning until the end. This is accomplished only when the narrative moves steadily ahead, not when it comes to a weary standstill, overloaded with every item uncovered in the research.
- To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse.
- Historians who stuff in every item of research they have found, every shoelace and telephone call of a biographical subject, are not doing the hard work of selecting and shaping a readable story.
- What his imagination is to the poet, facts are to the historian.
- I have always felt like an artist when I work on a book. I see no reason why the word should always be confined to writers of fiction and poetry.
- The writer’s object is—or should be—to hold the reader’s attention.
Barbara Tuchman was an American historian and author. She was known for writing The Guns of August (later August 1914), a best-selling history of the prelude to and the first month of World War I, which won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1963. Tuchman focused on writing popular history.
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