The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

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Abacus, 1990 - History - 559 pages
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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  - Bryan - Goodreads

It's been a while since I've read non-fiction. I was interested in reading another Barbara W. Tuchman book after having read the excellent The Guns of August years ago. In this book, the author ... Read full review

Review: The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

User Review  - Mark Fisher - Goodreads

Another infuriating book, especially the chapter on Vietnam. Callous powerful men sitting in luxurious boardrooms and making ill-considered decisions that led to the needless deaths and injuries of millions of people. The Vietnam War was a futile war in a worthless cause. Read full review

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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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