The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam


Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman, writer of the realm struggle I masterpiece The weapons of August, grapples along with her boldest topic: the pervasive presence, in the course of the a long time, of failure, mismanagement, and myth in executive.
 
Drawing on a entire array of examples, from Montezuma’s mindless give up of his empire in 1520 to Japan’s assault on Pearl Harbor, Barbara W. Tuchman defines folly because the pursuit through govt of rules opposite to their very own pursuits, regardless of the supply of possible possible choices. In extraordinary aspect, Tuchman illuminates 4 decisive turning issues in background that illustrate the very heights of folly: the Trojan battle, the breakup of the Holy See provoked via the Renaissance popes, the lack of the yank colonies through Britain’s George III, and the USA’ personal power blunders in Vietnam. all through The March of Folly, Tuchman’s incomparable expertise for animating the folk, locations, and occasions of heritage is on outstanding display.
 
Praise for The March of Folly
 
“A glittering narrative . . . an ethical [book] at the crimes and follies of governments and the misfortunes the ruled endure in consequence.”—The ny occasions booklet Review
 
“An admirable survey . . . I haven’t learn a extra appropriate booklet in years.”—John Kenneth Galbraith, The Boston Sunday Globe
 
“A exceptional chronicle . . . a masterly examination.”—Chicago Sun-Times

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