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An excellent review of military politics,
This review is from: The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam (Paperback)
Other reviewers have suggested that this is not one of Tuchman's best books. This may not be a fair observation in comparison to "Guns of August" or "The Calamitous 14th Century". Overall I found this book to be a concise and well-written work with the chapters well organized and consistent.
Some reviewers have pointed out that this book may have been intented to viel a criticism of the US war in Vietnam. Whether that is the case or not, it seems evident that referring to the Vietnam war as folly is hardly controversial these days. True, her points may be relevant to the current Iraq war, but I think that the larger point that she is trying to make is that folly applies to many political and military conflicts between nations. If her comments apply to the Iraq war, could they not also apply to Serbia's Balkan wars, or Chechnya, or the UN's disjointed attempts at reining in North Korea or Iran? Her points and concerns raised through these case examples are worth considering in modern times throughout dozens of current conflicts worldwide.
All in all, this is an excellent book. fans of Tuchman or history in general will not be disappointed.
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Initial post: May 8, 2007 8:09:51 AM PDT
Christopher G. Lamantia says:
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2009 8:29:24 AM PST
On the contrary, I found Chris's comments quite germane and relevant. As Chris points out, Ms. Tuchman's definition of folly can certainly be applied to the United States' current situation in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2010 4:36:15 PM PST
I agree. It is a given that the arrogance of power not only corrupts but manages to ruin the lives of millions of people, while seriously damaging nature and culture. War is never justified. War is based on the voracious greed of the elite, who think nothing of destroying the world as long as they can garner short-term profit. It is a pathology.
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