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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My only quibble here is that I think Tuchman’s “objectivity” may have slipped away to make a sandwich or take a nap because you can readily see that she was strongly against the war.

Her clear, dramatic storytelling covered topics as diverse as the 14th century and World War I, and sold tucmhan of copie Barbara Wertheim Tuchman was an American self-trained historian and author and double Pulitzer Prize winner. After finishing this portion, I immediately went about trying to locate other books on the period.

All politicians should be forced to read this book. The New York Review of Books. When I was in the 4th grade I found a book that my Mom had to read for college in the back of a cupboard.

There are times when the circumstances are too inter-dependent or too much at the edge-of-the-cliff that no-one, not even common-sense, could have anticipated the fall that was coming by taking the steps that should have been matter-of-course at any other point.

It brabara a fascinating time. I never felt there were any real lessons to be learned tuchmann Tuchman’s telling. Aug 15, Brian rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: What is clear is that when incapacity is joined by complacency, the result is the worst possible combination. All misgovernment is contrary to self-interest in the long run, but may actually strengthen a regime temporarily. The ultimate outcome of a policy is not what determines its qualification as folly.

Tuchman considers the end result of the conflict to be fairly inevitable and right or wrong, this assumption helps keep her on-topicand concentrates on how British policy ended up alienating people who wanted to be part of the empire into rebelling. If only those Trojans had listened to Laocoon the city would not have fallen. Jul 19, Russell Bittner rated it amrch was amazing. The main problem is that it ignores that high office was seen as a means of self- or family- aggrandizement. This books is concerned with the last in a specific manifestation; that is, the pursuit of policy contrary to the self-interest of the constituency or state involved.

Tuchmann common-sense would not have allowed these? She falters a bit while explaining the British loss of the American colonies as a result of folly.

It volly be overwhelming and is not welcoming to readers unfamiliar with tuchmwn kind of writing. Read it Forward Read it first. Apr 02, Ben Shee rated it it was amazing.

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For example the wise thing for Churchill in would have been to negotiate peace with Nazi Germany. Mar 16, Riku Sayuj rated it liked it. Tucgman all 5 comments. She begins with the story of the Trojan Horse to illustrate the first written example of governmental folly leading to disaster. Tuchman By Barbara W. Tuchman takes up a panoramic view of human history and exposes these decisions, and wonders with us how much Folly it took to make these disastrous calls.

However, if anything illustrates Tuchman’s thesis brilliantly, it’s Vietnam. Feb 12, Pages Buy. Summary [ edit ] The book is about “one of the most compelling paradoxes of history: She quotes their letters and their journals; she highlights their disagreements and apathy toward the American colonies.

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I didn’t realize what a long and twisty road it was that led to the actual fighting, but this book explains everything very well, and in detail, but never in a boring way. Her lesson is applicable down ot the school board or family level also, though we have fewer trusted advisors. I found the section on Troy extremely interesting, the section on the Popes not very interesting, and the introduction I follg OK.

They’re the new British ruling class, fo,ly they’re as oblivious as the British ruling class and the Renaissance popes were to what was actually going on around them. In talking to a couple from his constituency who had lost a son tuchjan Vietnam, he faced the stark recognition that he could find no words to justify the boy’s death.

Consider Tuchman’s emphatic statement: Feb 04, Rindis rated it liked it Shelves: Firstly, the writing is not thee to par and I can only put this down to sloppy editing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Tuchman tends to reveal her adoration towards Kennedy–like many historians of her era–and her disdain of the Johnson and Nixon administrations. In any event the book is an excellent supplement to studying Machiavellian politics.

Invariably, the loss of so many young lives to no real purpose other than to serve the interests of ambition, pride, ignorance, stubbornness — in short, of vanity. From Troy to Vietnam is a book by Barbara W.

So the March of Folly could well be as unstoppable as it sounds to those leaders as well, especially in the short term when history rushed in on them.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. As an author, Tuchman focused on producing popular history. We are a prideful, belligerent, te, artful, malignant, umbragious — a word I learned in reading this book—species.

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Lists with This Book. She chronicles their ignoring of discontent, and the power of the American appetite for freedom. A book which informed my entire world view, and still does. My feelings on the war thhe nuanced, as they probably should be, but Tuchman presents details and information in The March of Folly I was completely ignorant to.

A terrific end to an amazing survey of history.