Hardcover, 8vo., black cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine, dustjacket is intact but wear to edges & spine ends, taped postcard signed by Barbara Tuchman to prev owner for noting an error in the index, a handwritten note from Tuchman saying she will let him know if she visits Australia, his letter to her loosley inserted, colour and black & white photographs, reference notes, index, 447pp. Tuchman takes four incidents in history where governments pursued a course of action that was contrary to their own interests. Difficult to find anything signed by Tuchman. N° de réf. du libraire
Synopsis : 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, mismanagement, and delusion in government.
Drawing on a comprehensive array of examples, from Montezuma’s senseless surrender of his empire in 1520 to Japan’s 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 Britain’s George III, and the United States’ own persistent mistakes in Vietnam. Throughout The March of Folly, Tuchman’s incomparable talent for animating the people, places, and events of history is on spectacular display.
Praise for The March of Folly
“A glittering narrative . . . a moral [book] on the crimes and follies of governments and the misfortunes the governed suffer in consequence.”—The New York Times Book Review
“An admirable survey . . . I haven’t read a more relevant book in years.”—John Kenneth Galbraith, The Boston Sunday Globe
“A superb chronicle . . . a masterly examination.”—Chicago Sun-Times
From the Publisher:
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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Titre : The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam
Éditeur : London, Michael Joseph. 1984. 1st Edition. Signed Letter.
Description du livre Michael Joseph Ltd, 1984. Hardcover. État : Very Good. The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. . N° de réf. du libraire 7719-9780718124328
Description du livre Michael Joseph Ltd 08/05/1984, 1984. Hardcover. État : Very Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in very good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. N° de réf. du libraire 6545-9780718124328
Description du livre London Michael Joseph, 1984. First edition in fine condition in very good unclippped dustjacket (Book ref 2496). N° de réf. du libraire 357
Description du livre Michael Joseph, London, 1984. Hardcover. État : Near Fine. Etat de la jaquette : Near Fine. First edition. 164 x 241 x 40mm. A nice copy with very minor blemishes only. NB: An extra shipping charge may be requested for heavier or more valuable items. All our 'Bookseller Images' show the actual item you will receive. N° de réf. du libraire 003876
Description du livre Hardback. État : Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. N° de réf. du libraire GOR001619571
Description du livre Michael Joseph, London, 1984. Hardcover. État : Very Good. Etat de la jaquette : very good. First UK printing. 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. xiv, 447 pages. Condition of the book is Very Good; light foxing to endpapers, light marks on fore edge of text block, otherwise excellent. Dust jacket is Very Good; light surface wear, in mylar wrapper. STK. N° de réf. du libraire 29263
Description du livre KNOPF. Hardcover. État : GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. N° de réf. du libraire 2725318389
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