The March of Folly has ratings and reviews. Twice a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author Barbara Tuchman now tackles the pervasive presence of. 64 quotes from The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam: ‘Chief among the forces affecting political folly is lust for power, named by Tacitus as the mo. Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman, author of the World War I masterpiece The Guns of August, grapples with her boldest subject.

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Her clear, dramatic storytelling covered topics as diverse as the 14th century and World War I, and sold millions of copies.

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The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

The book is about “one of the most compelling paradoxes of history: One can only imagine the new bodily orifice Tuchman would have ripped over Iraq and Afghanistan. She managed to keep me engaged with her stylish delivery, but I think this segment was likely included in order to have the book span a larger swatch of world history.

Barbara Tuchman gives us several examples of the human animal at its worst — but parading at its best.

However she places on this relatively simple definition a series of qualifiers and exemptions as to muddy the waters. The March of Folly is a deep dive; it’s not for escapists or fair weather readers.

The fall of Troy is profound because it became a founding myth for Western Civilization. Because, after all, pf is folly? May 13, Susan rated it it was amazing.

Jul 19, Russell Bittner rated it it was amazing. Some areas will be interesting, such as the Vietnam chapters, but otherwise the book would dull the amateur bargara.


The Vietnam War was a badly managed war and was fought for troubling reasons, but I struggle harbara call it completely vain in purpose the way that Tuchman does. Self-interest is whatever conduces to the welfare or advantage of the body being governed; folly is a policy that in these terms is counter-productive.

That, or farcically tragic.

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The premise was so promising, noted historian takes a four egregious disatsers the trojan horse, the papal actions in the lead up to Luther, the loss of the american colonies and the Vietnam war to understand what led to the decisions.

For example the wise thing for Oflly in would have been to negotiate peace with Nazi Germany.

As an author, Tuchman focused on producing popular history. And who pays the ultimate price of that folly? The March of Folly is an excellent academic study of the four events or time periods previously listed.

Or it may be that this apparent instability is founded on limited research and that that has been allowed fplly come through in the book.

The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam by Barbara W. Tuchman

Kind of like a supplement bargara manual for their job Her book is vivid, clear, unfussy, with just the right density of diction. How the Britsh lost the American colonies: It is an investigation into the process by which governments embark on self-destructive tuchmxn ‘folly’despite recognition of the problem, and alternative courses being available.

Good topic, but a little dry, fairly dense, and not as good as The Guns of August. Jul 15, Owen rated it it was ok Shelves: But we can extrapolate them into any number of follies that we are familiar with in our own countries and see how leaders make the stupid mistakes over and over again, and incomprehensible mistakes at that.

If only the American presidents and their staff had listened to advisors who from the beginning questioned the importance of Vietnam and our ability to win there. These include the Trojans’s unaccountable bringing of the Trojan horse into Troy; the transgressions of the Renaissance Popes which brought on the Reformation; the loss by Britain of the American colonies; and America’s own pointless war in Vietnam.


That sort of thinking only allows us to make the same mistakes again, precisely because common-sense would allow it!

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Barbara Tuchman did a though job of documenting the unwillingness to see and unwillingness to admit mistakes that plague leaders. Un libro fondamentale per capire certi meccanismi della politica e della mwrch che ci possono sembrare impossibili ma che alla fine avvengono e anche molto spesso. As Tuchman proceeds through the case studies, the arguments regarding the nature of the folly and its consequences become more nuanced and complicated which leads me to conclude that, similar to how The Guns of August was an excuse to write the story of the Goeben, the Vietnam case study is the real purpose of the book.

It is hard to really draw lessons from the trojan horse as I would have thought it is rather likely that the whole thing is a myth written by the victors.

Do I need to mention the Yes-Men that surround them?

Her point is that group think and a focus on assumptions despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary leads to a reinforcing spiral of wrong choices. Seriously, I mean it. Sep 04, William2 rated it really liked it Shelves: