New Releases: The March Of Folly by Barbara W. Tuchman

New Releases

Blackstone AudiobooksThe other day I was at the library, looking for trade paperback comics, and I spotted A Thousand Ships, the complete first volume in Age Of Bronze series.


I knew I’d enjoy the TPB of A Thousand Ships because I had purchased the first issue of the comic earlier this summer, and had quite liked what I had seen. Then, in reading the subsequent 8 issues edition, I spotted this, the first page of Eric Shanower‘s fascinating 7 page afterword:

A Thousand Ships - Afterword

Cool hey? I looked into it and while it seems the edition Shanower was referring to is out of print (likely the Books On Tape edition as read by Grover Gardner in 1984) it seems that a year ago this week Blackstone Audio released their edition of The March Of Folly: From Troy To Vietnam

BLACKSTONE AUDIO - The March Of Folly: From Troy To Vietnam by Barbara W. TuchmanThe March Of Folly: From Troy To Vietnam
By Barbara W. Tuchman; Read by Wanda McCaddon
15 CDs or 2 MP3-CDs – Approx. 17.9 Hours [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Published: September 2009
ISBN: 9781433295072 (cd), 9781433295102 (mp3-cd)
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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