#27 – The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman (My 100 Favorite Books)

History writing doesn't get much better than this. If I had to make a list of the places throughout human history I would least want to find myself, a few come to mind.  Standing in the surrounded Roman legions at the Battle of Cannae, waiting for Hannibal's soldiers to inevitably chop me to pieces would…

The March of Folly by Barbara Tuchman (Review)

Many times throughout history governments have pursued policies that go directly against their own self-interest.  Barbara Tuchman defines such pursuits as folly, hence the title of her book The March of Folly.  It is not that such policies appeared to be folly only in retrospect.  To qualify as folly they had to be obvious folly…