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The March of Folly from Troy to Vietnam

Tuchman, Barbara W.

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ISBN 10: 0394527771 / ISBN 13: 9780394527772
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1984
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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folly---from troy to vietnam. a great book and a wonderful read. historian as super story teller. Size: 4to. Bookseller Inventory # 015410

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Title: The March of Folly from Troy to Vietnam

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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Examines the irrationalities of governments through analysis of four crises of history--the fall of Troy, the Renaissance popes' own provocation of the Protestant secession, Britain's loss of the American colonies, and America's involvement in Vietnam

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Barbara Tuchman defines folly as "Pursuit of Policy Contrary to Self-Interest." In THE MARCH OF FOLLY, Tuchman examines 4 conflicts: The Trojan Horse, The Protestant Secession, The American Revolution, and The American War in Vietnam. In each example an alternative course of action was available, the actions were endorsed by a group, not just an individual leader, and the actions were perceived as counter productive in their own time. Many individuals are guilty of folly (Tuchman also calls this woodenheadedness), but when governments persist in folly, their actions can adversely affect thousands, even millions of lives. Folly is a child of power. "The power to command frequently causes failure to think."(p.32). THE MARCH OF FOLLY may not be as well known as A DISTANT MIRROR and THE GUNS OF AUGUST, but it is my favorite of her works. I heartily recommend it to any Tuchman fans who have not yet discovered it.

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