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Barbara Tuchman, American historian and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, is best known for writing The Guns of August and Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45.
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Once speaking on her career, Tuchman offered advice on how to be a successful writer: "The writer's object is—or should be—to hold the reader's attention," she said, adding, "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."
In 1939, Tuchman married physician Lester R. Tuchman. They had three daughters together and were married for nearly 50 years, until Barbara Tuchman's death on February 6, 1989, in Greenwich, Connecticut.
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