Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman, author of the World War I masterpiece The Guns of August, grapples with her boldest subject. Current U.S. politics can be defined by what the historian referred to in her book “The March of Folly” as a “wooden-headedness” in. IN her latest book, Barbara W. Tuchman – the author of such . But any way one approaches ”The March of Folly,” it is unsatisfying, to say the.
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Honestly, how often can you truly say that you’ve overdosed on happy reading a history book. Firstly, the writing is not up to par and I can only put this down to sloppy editing. Tuchman focuses on four such events, to wit: In reproducing their avarice and luxury, the six popes did no better than their models and, because of their superior status, usually worse. It’s a wonderful addition to my collection, and I will undoubtedly return to its pages for quotes, references, and insights.
While Tuchman’s gaze is squarely fixed on ministers in London trying to implement an unenforceable tax, the real dynamics of colonial rebellion were being played out in America.
On the other hand, it’s too short. The good news is that we’re not treated to the faint sound of axes grinding. Those with an interest in history. Tuchman tends to reveal her adoration towards Kennedy–like many historians of her era–and her disdain of the Johnson and Nixon administrations. Feb 04, Rindis rated it liked it Shelves: Why would these people vote against their own self-interest now?
Her clear, dramatic storytelling covered topics as diverse as the 14th century and World War I, and sold millions of copies. In any event the book is an excellent supplement to studying Machiavellian politics. 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. Feb 12, Pages.
To look at the history of modern man since about 1, BC and take examples of real foolishness on the part of a number of key governments, and try to see why they so acted, strikes me as a wonderful idea for a book.
However she places on this relatively simple definition a series of qualifiers and exemptions as to muddy the waters. Their governance dismayed the faithful, brought the Holy See into disrepute, left unanswered the cry for reform, ignored all protests, warnings and signs of rising revolt, and ended by breaking apart the unity of Christendom and losing half the papal constituency to the Protestant secession. The March of Folly is an unfortunate title. This view of the book which I took did not in the slightest diminish my delight in follu, nor dim my view of her wonderful scholarship, short book by book and her long essay.
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. However, Tuchman has provided an incredible addition to the study of these particular events.
The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam by Barbara W. Tuchman
The real ‘folly’ may belong more to being unable to prioritize correctly, but even that is an exercise in hindsight. This is why we have to consider the possibility that these were not just ‘follies’ arising from the closeted and exclusive nature of these leaders, but from a confluence of pressures that left them little wiggle room – and most importantly, that this is more or less always the case with leaders – their decisions are not always their own.
Second, the account of the involvements of France and the United States in VietNam is of a journalistic quality not in keeping with Tuchman’s The March of Folly is spotty. Of course they soon managed to spark the July 4, Declaration barara Independence, and the War of Independence which England lost.
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The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam
That sort of thinking only allows us to make the same mistakes again, precisely because common-sense would marxh it! Indeed, it was because genuine religious and moral feeling was still present that dismay at the corruption of the clergy and especially of the Holy See was so acute and yearning for reform so strong. Indeed, Tuchman’s book does in fact emphasize that very optimism.
The focus is on spectacular failures: After finishing this portion, I immediately went about trying to locate other books on the period. Tuchmanan American historian and author. President Johnson started the U.
Everyone in the current US Congress is a millionaire. It qualifies as folly when it is a perverse persistence in a policy demonstrably unworkable or counter-productive. As such, it is more of a screed against certain practices, rather than a real attempt at balanced or impartial history.
Book review — THE MARCH OF FOLLY By Barbara W. Tuchman
Aug 08, Ed rated it really liked it Recommends it for: That’s a pretty broad theme that in encapsulate tons of examples. However I found the chapters dealing with the six terrible popes to be mind-numbing. View all 18 comments. There was a problem adding your email address. Although appearing to be disparate events and time periods, and one being veiled by mythology, Tuchman asserts that each have similar characteristics and outcomes. She describes it as: It was a fascinating time.
This sort of decision making is in fact quite common – leaders always follow the popular ‘wisdom’ and usually it turns out to be right. He too continued the unquestioned view of need to stop Communist ideology. At her worst, she can be superficial and banal. People needing a refresher course in history. Her book is vivid, clea A highly readable account of four instances of human folly over the last years.