The March of Folly
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The March of Folly : From Tro to Vietnam

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Pulitzer Prize winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman, author of the World War I masterpiece "The Guns of August, " grapples with her boldest subject: the pervasive presence, through the ages, of failure, mismanagement, and delusion in government. Drawing on a comprehensive array of examples, from Montezuma s senseless surrender of his empire in 1520 to Japan s attack on Pearl Harbor, Barbara W. Tuchman defines folly as the pursuit by government of policies contrary to their own interests, despite the availability of feasible alternatives. In brilliant detail, Tuchman illuminates four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly: the Trojan War, the breakup of the Holy See provoked by the Renaissance popes, the loss of the American colonies by Britain s George III, and the United States own persistent mistakes in Vietnam. Throughout "The March of Folly, " Tuchman s incomparable talent for animating the people, places, and events of history is on spectacular display. Praise for "The March of Folly" 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""show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 447 pages
  • 134.62 x 208.28 x 33.02mm | 498.95g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Ballantine Books Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 4 B/W PHOTO SECTIONS
  • 0345308239
  • 9780345308238
  • 43,093

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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"show more

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Twice a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author Barbara Tuchman now tackles the pervasive presence of folly in governments through the ages. Defining folly as the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interersts, despite the availability of feasible alternatives, Tuchman details four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly in government: the Trojan War, the breakup of the Holy See provoked by the Renaissance Popes, the loss of the American colonies by Britain's George III, and the United States' persistent folly in Vietnam. THE MARCH OF FOLLY brings the people, places, and events of history magnificently alive for today's reader.show more

About Barbara W. Tuchman

Barbara W. Tuchman (1912 1989) achieved prominence as a historian with "The Zimmermann Telegram "and international fame with "The Guns of August" a huge bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Her other works include "Bible and Sword, The Proud Tower, Stilwell and the American Experience in China "(for which Tuchman was awarded a second Pulitzer Prize), "Notes from China, A Distant Mirror, Practicing History, The March of Folly, "and "The First Salute.""show more

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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-Timesshow more