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Pulitzer Prizewinning historian Barbara W Tuchman author of the World War I masterpiece The Guns of August grapples with her boldest subject the pervasive presence through the ages of failure mismanagement and delusion in government Drawing on a comprehensive array of examples from Montezumas senseless surrender of his empire in 1520 to Japans attack on Pearl Harbor Barbara W Tuchman defines folly as the pursuit by government of policies contrary to their own interests despite the availability of feasible alternatives In brilliant detail Tuchman illuminates four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly the Trojan War the breakup of the Holy See provoked by the Renaissance popes the loss of the American colonies by Britains George III and the United States own persistent mistakes in Vietnam Throughout The March of Folly Tuchmans incomparable talent for animating the people places and events of history is on spectacular display Praise for The March of Folly A glittering narrativea moral book on the crimes and follies of governments and the misfortunes the governed suffer in conseuence The New York Times Book ReviewAn admirable surveyI havent read arelevant book in yearsJohn Kenneth Galbraith The Boston Sunday GlobeA superb chroniclea masterly examination Chicago Sun TimesPulitzer Prizewinning historian Barbara W Tuchman author of the World War I masterpiece The Guns of August grapples with her boldest subject the pervasive presence through the ages of failure mismanagement and delusion in government Drawing on a comprehensive array of examples from Montezumas senseless surrender of his empire in 1520 to Japans attack on Pearl Harbor Barbara W Tuchman defines folly as the pursuit by government of policies contrary to their own interests despite the availability of feasible alternatives In brilliant detail Tuchman illuminates four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly the Trojan War the breakup of the Holy See provoked by the Renaissance popes the loss of the American colonies by Britains George III and the United States own persistent mistakes in Vietnam Throughout The March of Folly Tuchmans incomparable talent for animating the people places and events of history is on spectacular display Praise for The March of Folly A glittering narrativea moral book on the crimes and follies of governments and the misfortunes the governed suffer in conseuence The New York Times Book ReviewAn admirable surveyI havent read arelevant book in yearsJohn Kenneth Galbraith The Boston Sunday GlobeA superb chroniclea masterly examination Chicago Sun TimesPulitzer Prizewinning historian Barbara W Tuchman author of the World War I masterpiece The Guns of August grapples with her boldest subject the pervasive presence through the ages of failure mismanagement and delusion in government Drawing on a comprehensive array of examples from Montezumas senseless surrender of his empire in 1520 to Japans attack on Pearl Harbor Barbara W Tuchman defines folly as the pursuit by government of policies contrary to their own interests despite the availability of feasible alternatives In brilliant detail Tuchman illuminates four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly the Trojan War the breakup of the Holy See provoked by the Renaissance popes the loss of the American colonies by Britains George III and the United States own persistent mistakes in Vietnam Throughout The March of Folly Tuchmans incomparable talent for animating the people places and events of history is on spectacular display Praise for The March of Folly A glittering narrativea moral book on the crimes and follies of governments and the misfortunes the governed suffer in conseuence The New York Times Book ReviewAn admirable surveyI havent read arelevant book in yearsJohn Kenneth Galbraith The Boston Sunday GlobeA superb chroniclea masterly examination Chicago Sun Times