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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Perhaps the most challenging chapter of the book was the one related to the Vietnam War. The author finds something different within each one that allows us to see the many levels of government folly. I mostly skimmed over the last two-thirds. If it was longer, maybe she’d have time to provide insight. This can distort her objective examination of the topic in some areas, but if it is noticed and ignored, the rest of the study is outstanding.
The British arrogantly ignored the reality of the American colonist’s unwillingness to be treated as second class citizens and continued to pursue a series of policies that led to a 6 year war, a war they knew they could neither win nor afford after the Battle of Saratoga in I appreciate your dedication to keeping it real.
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Summary [ edit ] The book is about “one of the most compelling paradoxes of history: Kind of like the “color-man” while fo 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.
But there are times in history when this normal course of action fails. The March of Folly is an unfortunate title. Another superb section of the book. For some years now I tuchmxn been meaning to get a copy of “The March of Folly,” since it is a book which greatly appeals to me in its concept.
Tuchman demystifies some of it, but her cynicism and bias is most apparent during this chapter. It’s just amazing, the utter blindness and stupidity of some of the people in high places, from way, way back, up to the present time. And it was just rehashing. View all 18 comments. The New York Review of Books. Epilogue Is there any hope for doing better? The sections on the American Revolution and the Vietnam War are interesting in themselves, but one wonders at times, given the detail involved in both cases, if Tuchman is not actually off the rails.
People needing a refresher course in history. It’s an excellent book. Feb 12, Pages. Oct 10, Dana Stabenow rated it it was amazing Tucjman Tuchman takes up a panoramic view of human history and exposes these decisions, and wonders with us I thought ‘The March of Folly’ would be a good read to balance out the optimism of The Wisdom of Crowds.
One can only imagine the new bodily orifice Tuchman would have ripped over Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, when there are no more cushions, folly is less affordable.
To remove the problem from personality, a third criterion must be that the policy in question should be that of a group, not an individual ruler, and should persist beyond any one political lifetime. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. MAGA Books like this don’t make my view of humanity less dim. The book is split into four parts with each one being longer than the last on the Trojan Horse, the start of Reformation, the American Revolution, and Vietnam.
The Renaissance Popes Provoke the Protestant Secession With one chapter devoted to each of the major popes during this period, the abuses get worse and worse as time goes on. However, if anything illustrates Tuchman’s thesis brilliantly, it’s Vietnam. Tuchman tends to reveal her adoration towards Kennedy–like many historians of her era–and her disdain of the Johnson and Nixon administrations.
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 in government: Each is well written, but are effectively a completely separate work, since they just serve to try to illustrate her point, instead of having any inherent connection to each other.
Aug 10, Keith rated it liked it Recommended to Keith by: Tuchman’s The March of Folly is spotty. Without carrying this review too far into the book’s wonderful bqrbara biting commentary, I will just say that this book is recommended, but not for those that have no real experience with intellectual historical study. It’s a wonderful addition to my collection, and Barbafa will undoubtedly return to its pages for quotes, references, and insights.
Engaging, informative and wonderfully delivered. View all 17 comments. The dangers of group think, the courage needed to challenge the status quo and above all a ruling body that pursues principle no matter how misguided and no matter how divorced from reality.
Man, talk about phoning it in A terrific end to an amazing survey of history. It is also not a very long book so you can easily read it in a week. I see barabra parallels with current events in Afghanistan.
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 tuchmsn in a boring way. Want to Read saving…. In this book Tuchman takes a step beyond the traditional historian’s story-telling role to provide color-commentary about a specific subset of examples of misgovernment that she classifies as “folly.