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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Barbara Tuchman reminds me of Will Durant, ie very thorough, well documented, and dense. Lots of facts and names, but she doesn't lose track of her theme of endemic governmental folly through the ages ... Read full review

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A book every politician should read. It made me think of our current follies; the second war in Iraq and our interventions in Libya and now Syria.... will we never learn. Ms Tuchman eloquently ... 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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