The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

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Abacus, 1990 - History - 559 pages
113 Reviews

From the distinguished American historian whose work has been acclaimed around the world, a major new book that penetrates one of the most bizarre and fascinating paradoxes in history: the persistent pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own intersts. Across the march of thirty centuries, Tuchman brings to life the dramatic events which constitute folly's hallmark in government; the fall of Troy, symbolic prototype of freely chosen disaster; the Protestant secession, provoked by six decades of spectacularly corrupt papcy; the British forfeiture of the American colonies; and America's catastrophic thirty year involvement with vietnam.

The March of Folly, a work of profound and poignant relevance today, is breathtaking in its scope, originality and vision, and represents the writing of Barbara Tuchman at it's finest.

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Review: The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

Lots of interesting history here but she tried to do too much with one book. She jumps from one period of history to another, with the only connecting thread being folly, especially in government. It ... Read full review

Review: The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

User Review  - Richard Mailloux - Goodreads

Overall this is a very good read, but the flow gets bogged down in minutia at time, at least more detail than I needed. What comes through loud and clear is the folly that gets people, government ... Read full review

About the author (1990)

Barbara Tuchman is a double Pulizter Prize winning historian who has writen some of the seminal popular historical works of our age. She died in 1989.

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