The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

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Abacus, 1990 - History - 559 pages
255 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  - Benjamin - Goodreads

Tuchman's sharp analysis un-apologetically brings forward insight that has significant bearing on the modern world. Don't believe me, read it yourself if you are even remotely interested. Read full review

Review: The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

User Review  - Greg Lico - Goodreads

The March of Folly is a very presient work that speaks across time. Folly, in Tuchman's view, is when a government gets involved with public policy that is contrary to their own interests, despite ... 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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