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Editorial Reviews. Review. Among contemporary historians Barbara Tuchman stands supreme. --Times Admirers of her earlier works will find Barbara. The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam Paperback – February 12, Pulitzer Prize–winning 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. Apr 1, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. This content is only available as a PDF. © American Historical.
To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems. From Troy to Vietnam. By Barbara W. IN her latest book, Barbara W. Tuchman - the author of such well-known and successful works as ''The Guns of August'' and ''Stilwell and the American Experience in China'' - has set herself no less a task than to probe the very roots of folly as it has revealed itself over the long course of human history. Among her conclusions is that folly is sometimes caused by people's ''wooden-headedness.
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Views Read Edit View history. Surely common-sense would not have allowed these? But we can extrapolate them into any number of follies that we are familiar with in our own countries and see how leaders make the stupid mistakes over and over again, and incomprehensible mistakes at that.
This should make us conclude that the main message of the book, and of history, is one of Tolstoy-ian embrace of the 'Wisdom of the Masses'?
It is quite a powerful argument and one we would dearly love to embrace - it gives us the possibility of a future where we can side-step such follies, by avoiding these very decision making practices. And that is very very important too. However, I think there is one more angle to be considered here. It is possible that these 'leaders' were in fact trapped in a competitive spiral - any leader who did not pursue these 'follies' would have been scorned and lost his job - precisely because those were widely held to be the correct things to do.
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