Barbara W. Tuchman

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(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

“Barbara Tuchman.” The Nation 248, no. 9 (March, 1989): 252-253. A thoughtful, laudatory obituary by a periodical with which Tuchman was associated when she began her writing/research career, and one in which her family had owned an interest. This profile is valuable because while Tuchman’s books were widely reviewed, there are few published materials about their author.

Beard, Mary Ritter. Woman as Force in History: A Study in Traditions and Realities. New York: Macmillan, 1946. Beard, who has been perceived as a founder of women’s history and a champion of women writing history, was greatly admired by Tuchman. Neither Beard nor Tuchman fit into the academic historical guilds of their times. Brief annotated bibliography and useful index.

Bowman, Kathleen. New Women in Social Sciences. Mankato, Minn.: Creative Education Press, 1976. Especially useful on Tuchman’s early works.

Coles, H. L. Review of Stilwell and the American Experience in China, by Barbara W. Tuchman. Journal of American History 58 (December, 1971). The work in question is called “a model biography.”

Davis, C. D. Review of The Proud Tower, by Barbara W. Tuchman. Journal of American History 53 (September, 1966). Tuchman is faulted for loose organization.

Fromkin, David, and James Chace. “What Are the Lessons of Vietnam?” Foreign Affairs 63, no. 4 (1985). States that Tuchman felt American leaders during the Vietnam War “saw the futility of the U.S. effort but did not revise strategy.”

Pace, Eric. “Barbara Tuchman Dead at 77: A Pulitzer-Winning Historian.” The New York Times, February 7, 1989. Gives a sympathetic evaluation of the author and her work.

See, Carolyn. “Barbara Tuchman.” Kenyon Review 12 (Winter, 1990). Presents a feminist approach to Tuchman’s life and work.

Trask, David. “Popular History and Public History: Tuchman’s The March of Folly.” Public History 7, no. 4 (1985). Discusses Tuchman’s methodology.

Tuchman, Barbara W. Practicing...

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