Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman, author of the World War I masterpiece The Guns of August, grapples with her boldest subject. Current U.S. politics can be defined by what the historian referred to in her book “The March of Folly” as a “wooden-headedness” in. IN her latest book, Barbara W. Tuchman – the author of such . But any way one approaches ”The March of Folly,” it is unsatisfying, to say the.

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She gives us a comentary.

Part of the argument in England had always been that losing the colonies would bring England down. At her worst, she can be superficial and banal.

However, I wish she had trimmed the Vietnam portion back and included another historical mach of a government pursuing a pointless, defeating goal. Unfortunately of all her books this one feels the most like a forced fitting of history to make a point which perhaps could be more concisely put and in many cases I thought the desire to make the argument lead her to overstate the individual actions over the broad societal forces. She traces the history of this conflict all the way back to the Truman administration.

In fact she points out: I would call this a must bqrbara history fans or fans of military history. I suppose it is just possible that she and I both got carried away by the title. Benjamin Franklin said of the British: Whatever the reason, I find that the book does not live up to its promise, either conceptually or authorially.

However, I can now say, somewhat reluctantly, that “Th Barbara Tuchman is a first-rate writer and historian whose books I have much enjoyed. And that is very very important too. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. I found this to be the most interesting section as time and time again the politicians chose to ignore the facts and opinions of many to pursue an un-winnable conflict.


THE MARCH OF FOLLY by Barbara W. Tuchman | Kirkus Reviews

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. Fathers and Sons in the Book of Mormon. A terrific end to an amazing survey of history. Theirs was a folly of perversity, perhaps the most consequential to Western history, if measured by its result in centuries of ensuing hostility and fratricidal war.

That book was Barbara W. She chronicles their ignoring of discontent, and the power of the American appetite for freedom.

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The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

Defining folly as the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests, despite the availability of feasible alternatives, Tuchman details four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly i Twice a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author Barbara Tuchman now tackles the pervasive presence of folly in governments thru the ages. Perhaps more than necessary to make the case for folly. Indeed, it was because genuine religious and moral feeling was still present that dismay at the corruption of the clergy and especially of the Holy See was so acute and yearning for reform so strong.


People needing a refresher course in history. I particularly 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. 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.

To look at the history of modern man since about 1, BC and take examples of real foolishness on the part of a number of key governments, and try to see why they so acted, strikes me as a wonderful idea for a book. It was published on March 19, by Knopf in New York. Some areas will be interesting, such as the Vietnam chapters, but otherwise the book would dull the amateur historian.

Summary [ edit ] The book is about “one of the most compelling paradoxes of history: I got nothing out of the first third when I tried to read it, and I didn’t seem over the parts I skimmed. Soon they took Saigon. I’d love to know what Barbara Tuchman, who wrote this inwould think of the current U.

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