This week’s Friday Mystery Author was Barbara Tuchman, and the passage (on the Dreyfus Affair) was from her tour de force, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War: 1890-1914. This was her fourth book, published in 1966, after The Zimmerman Telegram and The Guns of August had made her reputation. It covers a period of social ferment, indescribable political and moral passion, and dashed hopes. Ms. Tuchman conveys it all with relish and regret.
Jaures was buried on August 4, the day the war became general. Overhead the bells he had invoked at Basle tolled for him and all the world, “I summon the living, I mourn the dead.”
The title is from Poe.
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