BARBARA TUCHMAN THE MARCH OF FOLLY PDF

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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The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam by Barbara W. Tuchman

See all books by Barbara W. Some areas will be interesting, such as the Vietnam chapters, but otherwise the book would dull the amateur historian.

Refresh and try again. It may be frail; its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storms may enter; the rain may enter—but the King of England cannot enter; all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement! In barbqra May review in The New CriterionPaul Johnson criticized the book as having followed “the conventional, not to say threadbare, lines which the liberal media developed in the s: A terrific end to an amazing survey of history.

Lists with This Book. I found the section on Troy extremely interesting, the section on the Popes not very interesting, and the introduction I found OK. I got nothing out of the first third when I tried to read it, and I didn’t seem over the parts I skimmed. Good topic, but a little dry, fairly dense, and not as good as The Guns of August. And what was that, you might ask? Foly see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Perhaps this first fault leads to the second, although not entirely. The main problem is that it ignores that high office was seen as a means of self- or family- aggrandizement. Yes, she’s that good.

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Also the popes were extraordinarily consistent in their actions so it is hard to see what was folly versus ingrained admittedly self destructive custom. These follies are chosen because viable alternatives were available and popularly supported, and the decisions wer Good topic, but a little dry, fairly dense, and not as fokly as The Guns of August. Views Read Edit View history. Barbara Tuchman did fhe though job of documenting the unwillingness to see and unwillingness to admit mistakes that plague leaders.

This books is barbsra 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 New York Times. So the March of Folly could well be as unstoppable as it sounds to those leaders as well, especially ov the short term when history rushed in on them. To ask other readers questions about The March of Follyplease sign up.

Firstly, the writing is not up to par and I can only put this down to sloppy editing. So I’d give this one bqrbara shot. Apr 02, Ben Shee rated it it was amazing. She remembers the first rule of history: The theme is times in history when a nation engaged in folly – self-defeating behavior.

She falters a bit while explaining the British loss of the American colonies as a result of folly. 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. Without carrying this review too far into the book’s wonderful and biting commentary, I will just fuchman that this book is recommended, but not for those that have no real barbafa with intellectual historical study.

Tuchman’s ‘Follies’ are committed not by the common people but by closeted leaders, lacking in common-sense and cut-off from ground realities.

Jul 19, Russell Bittner rated it it was amazing. Another superb section of the book.

The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

In any event the book is an excellent supplement to studying Machiavellian politics. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

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The Protestant Reformation and American Revolution are obviously significant turning points in world history. 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.

The last section reminds me very much of Neil Sheehan’s A Bright Shining Liewhich was written several years later than Tuchman’s narrative. Tcuhman American Revolution chapter in particular or especially intriguing. It is an investigation into the process by which governments embark on self-destructive courses ‘folly’despite recognition of the problem, and alternative courses being available. 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.

May 14, thethousanderclub rated it really liked it. This books is c 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.

Although appearing to be disparate events and time periods, and one being veiled by mythology, Tuchman asserts that each have similar characteristics and outcomes. It seems almost barbata to say that the present study stems from the ubiquity of this problem in our time.