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This review is from: The March Of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam (Paperback)
I read this book (or tried to), having just finished Tuchmans "Guns of August", which is I believe the best book ever written on World War I.
This book is desperately disappointing.
Firstly, the manner is less enthusiastic, and more detached - presumably, a change in personality 20 years after the Guns of August and due to old age.
Secondly, the interweaving of comment and fact is both poorly delivered and awkward. There is no drive to the prose, which is classic "grandstanding".
Thirdly, the topic itself is not sufficient to hold interest longer than a magazine article, and with today's shorter attention span, inevitably, is of less interest.
I would not recommend this book - read Tuchman at her younger, brilliant best in Guns of August. This ones a distant echo.