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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In reproducing their avarice and luxury, the six popes did no better than their models and, because of their superior status, usually worse. About 8 years ago when I read this book I would have given it 4 stars.

While this is not the most gripping of Tuchman’s writings, it is a very readable exploration of the blindness of those who often lead nations into conflicts they cannot win. Tuchman’s ‘Follies’ are committed not by the common people but by closeted leaders, lacking in common-sense and cut-off from ground realities.

Retrieved from ” https: Instead of falling back on just “telling of a story,” Tuchman does what few historians are able to pull off without sounding self-rightious. Bqrbara least I’d know what I was getting going into it. Lists with This Book. She was retelling twice-told tales without much original thought to add. Still, her analysis is excellent, well supported, and she lays out the history in a very engaging manner. If it was longer, maybe she’d have time to provide insight.

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Whether that was bad luck or was owing to the almost exclusive hold of the ultraprivileged on decision-making positions is not clear beyond question. Kind of like the “color-man” while listening to a sporting event, Tuchman examines the idea of “folly,” or the persistent pursuit of a policy by government or those in power that is “contradictory to their own interests.


I appreciated the refresher course, but it does not have the historical character of her two tuch,an studies, viz. The Vietnam War was a badly managed war and was fought for troubling reasons, but I struggle to call it completely vain in purpose the way that Tuchman does.

You see, Babs writes history in such a colorful, engaging manner that you don’t no Babs is one craftytalented instructor and this ranks highly among the BEST history books I’ve had the pleasure of reading.

I have read very few more researched and detailed than The March of Folly. Babs is one craftytalented instructor and this ranks highly among the BEST history books I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Return to Book Page. This is the approach of many snapshot, for-fun history books that tell you of ” Greatest Mistakes in History” or whatever. This book’s review of U. What I found most interesting about this discussion of the major events that led up the American Revolution is that Tuchman spent most of her time looking through the eyes of the British, in contrast to peering through the eyes of the American colonist, which is the more common perspective used in studies of this period.

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. The March of Folly is an excellent academic study of the four events or time periods previously listed. Tuchman’s The March of Folly is spotty.

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However, I think there is one more angle to be considered tucgman. From Troy to Vietnam by Barbara W. Jul 20, Pages Buy. Barbara Tuchman is a first-rate writer and historian whose books I have much enjoyed. But there are times in history when this normal course of action fails.


Although written in the 80s, the book remains valuable and interesting, and I always felt like I was in well-researched, objectively neutral hands when reading.

These follies are chosen because viable alternatives were available and popularly supported, and the decisions were taken by groups instead of individuals. The March of Folly: For example, she exempts solitary autocratic rulers from folly because she wants the term to mainly apply to systemic problems of rulership. The American Revolution chapter in particular was especially intriguing. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

She would have been wise to shave at least from that section tychman tighten it up a bit, although I attribute the boredom more to the tedious reality of the argument repeated similar debates fllly Parliament than her skill as a writer. To get in and then abandon our allies without even attempting to win?

Do I need to mention the Dolly that surround them?

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Tuchman demystifies some of it, but her cynicism and bias is most apparent during this chapter. 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.