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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman, author of the World War I masterpiece The Guns of August, grapples with her boldest subject: the pervasive presence, through the ages, of failure, mismanagement, and delusion in government.
Drawing on a comprehensive array of examples, from Montezuma's senseless surrender of his empire in to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Barbara W. Tuchman defines folly as the pursuit by government of policies contrary to their own interests, despite the availability of feasible alternatives.
In brilliant detail, Tuchman illuminates four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly: the Trojan War, the breakup of the Holy See provoked by the Renaissance popes, the loss of the American colonies by Britain's George III, and the United States' own persistent mistakes in Vietnam. Throughout The March of Folly, Tuchman's incomparable talent for animating the people, places, and events of history is on spectacular display.
Praise for The March of Folly "A glittering narrative. I haven't read a more relevant book in years. Read more Read less. Frequently bought together. Add all three to Cart. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Show details. Ships from and sold by Amazon SG. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Previous page. The Guns of August. Barbara Wertheim. Practicing History: Selected Essays. The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers. Scipio Africanus: Greater Than Napoleon.
Next page. Review "A glittering narrative. Twice a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author Barbara Tuchman now tackles the pervasive presence of folly in governments through the ages. Defining folly as the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interersts, despite the availability of feasible alternatives, Tuchman details four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly in government: the Trojan War, the breakup of the Holy See provoked by the Renaissance Popes, the loss of the American colonies by Britain's George III, and the United States' persistent folly in Vietnam.
About the Author Barbara W. Tuchman achieved prominence as a historian with The Zimmermann Telegram and international fame with The Guns of August --a huge bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Read more. Customers who bought this item also bought. Mass Market Paperback. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases.
Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. Possibly the best of Barbara Tuchman's award winning and other excellent books. Her sweep of history anchored in detailed "stories" is incredible. Required reading to understand that history does repeat itself as "follies" repeatedly occur even in the post Vietnam period like Trump should read this and get a handle on his hubris.
Yeah -- I know, a political statement; but, still a book that every "leader" should read. Especially enjoyed the section the Trojan war -- history or legend the message is still the same! March of Folly cleverly looks at periods in history where leaders have pursued policies against their own interest. The author picks only a handful of events to analyze in detail. This approach allows the author to go into great detail on each of the historical periods, drawing insight from a wide variety of anecdotes and commentary from the time.
However, the paucity of examples makes it hard for the author to make broad-sweeping conclusions about folly that feel adequately supported. All in all, an entertaining read and a unique perspective on historical periods where the events are well understood.
This is a wonderful read and quite educational. Someone else mentioned it should be required reading before every Presidential election. Tuchman herself says, " And the test should be moral courage. While such virtues may be in every man's power, they have less chance in our system than money and ruthless ambition to prevail at the ballot box. I was led to this book through reading a RAND report on bad decision making and it's Barbara Tuchman at her best, railing against wooden headedness down through history.
I especially liked reading about the decision making in parliament that led to the American Revolution. It's a perspective students in the US didn't get. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.
The March of Folly
From Troy to Vietnam. By Barbara W. IN her latest book, Barbara W. Tuchman - the author of such well-known and successful works as ''The Guns of August'' and ''Stilwell and the American Experience in China'' - has set herself no less a task than to probe the very roots of folly as it has revealed itself over the long course of human history. Among her conclusions is that folly is sometimes caused by people's ''wooden-headedness. On still other occasions, folly occurs as a consequence of ignoring previous history - or, one might almost say, as a result of folly.
The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam
The passage, from a book read three decades back, came to mind not long ago. A tweet-driven tumult was, as usual, roiling Washington. Shifting between cable news and my own Twitter feed, I recalled the historian Barbara W. Why did the Trojans allow the Greek horse within the gates? How did the Renaissance papacy so badly misjudge the moment, accelerating the Protestant Reformation?
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Barbara W. Tuchman, Folly and the Stream of History
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