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“A glittering narrative . . . a moral [book] on the crimes and follies of governments and the misfortunes the governed suffer in consequence.”—The New York Times Book Review
“An admirable survey . . . I haven’t read a more relevant book in years.”—John Kenneth Galbraith, The Boston Sunday Globe
“A superb chronicle . . . a masterly examination.”—Chicago Sun-Times
Barbara Tuchman defines folly as "Pursuit of Policy Contrary to Self-Interest." In THE MARCH OF FOLLY, Tuchman examines 4 conflicts: The Trojan Horse, The Protestant Secession, The American Revolution, and The American War in Vietnam. In each example an alternative course of action was available, the actions were endorsed by a group, not just an individual leader, and the actions were perceived as counter productive in their own time. Many individuals are guilty of folly (Tuchman also calls this woodenheadedness), but when governments persist in folly, their actions can adversely affect thousands, even millions of lives. Folly is a child of power. "The power to command frequently causes failure to think."(p.32). THE MARCH OF FOLLY may not be as well known as A DISTANT MIRROR and THE GUNS OF AUGUST, but it is my favorite of her works. I heartily recommend it to any Tuchman fans who have not yet discovered it.
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Just a wonderful, wonderful book. I have read several of Ms Tuchman's books and have never NOT been thrilled. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Glenn McCready
Barbara Tuchman has opened my eyes to these incredible events with her forensic historical research and her educated ipinions of dausal factors. I am deeply indebted to her.Published 2 months ago by R Scott-Murphy
The stars say it all.
I can never end conversations on international issues without talking ' THE MARCH OF FOLLY'
Any one who has keen interest in global politics and... Read more
A book that must be in the hands of anybody who cares about history and how to judge it. My history group had just watched the movie Amazing Grace; this explained the period and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by irma dickinson
The inability to deviate from a failing policy is an innate characteristic of many governments which Ms Tuchman has succinctly shown with three outstanding examples of well... Read morePublished 3 months ago by warren i saylor