The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

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Abacus, Feb 15, 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  - Sarah Harkness - Goodreads

I think what I mostly enjoyed was how this brought alive the angst felt by US intellectuals over Vietnam. But the central thesis of the book, that sometimes governments just insist on actions doomed to failure despite best advice, rings horribly true. Read full review

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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

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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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