What can a history book tell us about running projects? More about how not to run them. The start of World War I has a series of failures that turned it into one of the most prolonged and gruesome wars in modern time. This miscalculations, poor risk management, lack of mitigating strategies, and poor leadership, lead to the mess that ensued for the following four years. Ms. Tuchman's recount is invaluable in understanding the need for thorough planning.
In this landmark, Pulitzer Prize winning account, renowned historian Barbara W. Tuchman re-creates the first month of World War I: thirty days in the summer of 1914 that determined the course of the conflict, the century, and ultimately our present world. Beginning with the funeral of Edward VII, Tuchman traces each step that led to the inevitable clash. And inevitable it was, with all sides plotting their war for a generation. Dizzyingly comprehensive and spectacularly portrayed with her famous talent for evoking the characters of the war's key players, Tuchman's magnum opus is a classic for the ages.