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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,829 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara W. Tuchman Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In The March of Folly, two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Barbara Tuchman tackles the pervasive presence of folly in governments through the ages. Defining folly as the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests, despite the availability of feasible alternatives, Tuchman details four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly in government: 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’ persistent folly in Vietnam.

The March of Folly brings the people, places, and events of history magnificently alive for today’s reader.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Among contemporary historians Barbara Tuchman stands supreme.”

    Times (London)

  • “Admirers of her earlier works will find Barbara Tuchman’s familiar virtues on display. She is lucid, painstaking, and highly intelligent. She is also highly expert.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “In The March of Folly, Barbara Tuchman, as usual, breaks all the rules. She sails forth with bold moral purpose at a time when most other popular historians hug the shores of biography...There is more to Tuchman’s appeal than surperb storytelling. She also glories in unmasking deceit, cant, and pomposity.”


  • “Without missing a single consonant and narrating at a pace that complements the author’s abundant flow of information, Wanda McCaddon employs her award-winning talents to the fullest. McCaddon’s French and Italian make her sound like a native speaker of both. The satire of the Renaissance popes exemplifies the color both author and narrator bring to didactic narrative.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Charissa | 2/20/2014

    " I'm on a re-read of this great book. I am finding that I didn't really absorb it the first time through. For some reason my mind is in a better place to really savor the details of this examination of the pitfalls of human endeavors when it comes to war. It may take me a while though... I tend to fall asleep after about 3 pages. Heh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Craigbencivengo | 2/16/2014

    " Great book applicable to many contexts...not just history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Eivind | 2/8/2014

    " I didn't expect from the title and description that this should be so focused on the U.S. of A. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Connie | 2/4/2014

    " Although it took me several months to read the whole book, it was very interesting. What a great concept to examine moments when it is known that a certain course of action may not be to our best interest and yet we continue to pursue that course. "

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