The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

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Abachus, 1990 - History - 559 pages
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From the distinguished American historian whose work has been acclaimed around the world, a remarkable study that penetrates one of the most bizarre and fascinating paradoxes in history: the persistent pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests.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 Papacy; 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 its finest.

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User Review  - William345 - LibraryThing

A highly readable account of four instances of human folly over the last 2800 years. These include the Trojans's unaccountable bringing of the Trojan horse into Troy; the transgressions of the ... Read full review

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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

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