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21st Sep '13 4:40:45 PM Sheora
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[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Tuchman Barbara Tuchman]] (1912-1989) was a well known American historian. Her books have enjoyed broad appeal, and her books, especially ''The March of Folly'', ''The Guns of August'' and ''The Zimmermann Telegram'' contain so many real life tropes, mostly of the idiotic kind, that sorting them out requires a study of its own.

In a way, her writing indirectly saved the world in the Cold War, as President JohnFKennedy was an avid reader of ''The Guns of August'' and was determined to not to make the same blunders European leaders did at the start of WorldWarOne, which probably helped him resolve the Cuban Missile Crisis peacefully.

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!!Works by Barbara Tuchman provide examples of:

* EndOfAnAge: Tuchman began her most famous work, ''The Guns of August'', with a recounting of the funeral of [[TheEdwardianEra King Edward VII of the United Kingdom]] in 1910. The chapter describes the many heads of state and European royal families that marched in the funeral procession, and how all those royal dynasties would be destroyed by the war that was right around the corner.
* IdiotBall / NiceJobFixingItVillain / TooDumbToLive: As noted above, Tuchman's books often stressed great mistakes made by world leaders, and in fact that was the central theme of ''The March of Folly'', but the Zimmermann Telegram might be the biggest EpicFail in the history of diplomacy, either open or secret. Just to review: the Germans got the bright idea to ask Mexico--which had fought a war to keep its northern territories seventy years prior, and lost--to fight another war to get them back. They suggested that Mexico take on the immensely richer and more powerful United States in a war of aggression. And they did this with both the Germans and Mexicans knowing that there would be no way for the Germans to help as Germany was sealed up behind a British blockade. Mexico immediately dismissed this ridiculous idea. After the telegram was made public, many people in America thought it was a forgery designed by the British to trick the United States into war. German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmerman ''then admitted that he sent it.'' America declared war on Germany one month later.
* TrojanHorse: The decision to bring the original within the walls of Troy is examined in the first part of ''The March of Folly''.

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[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Tuchman Barbara Tuchman]] (1912-1989) was a well known American historian. Her books have enjoyed broad appeal, and her books, especially ''The March of Folly'', ''The Guns of August'' and ''The Zimmermann Telegram'' contain so many real life tropes, mostly of the idiotic kind, that sorting them out requires a study of its own.

In a way, her writing indirectly saved the world in the Cold War, as President JohnFKennedy was an avid reader of ''The Guns of August'' and was determined to not to make the same blunders European leaders did at the start of WorldWarOne, which probably helped him resolve the Cuban Missile Crisis peacefully.

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!!Works by Barbara Tuchman provide examples of:

* EndOfAnAge: Tuchman began her most famous work, ''The Guns of August'', with a recounting of the funeral of [[TheEdwardianEra King Edward VII of the United Kingdom]] in 1910. The chapter describes the many heads of state and European royal families that marched in the funeral procession, and how all those royal dynasties would be destroyed by the war that was right around the corner.
* IdiotBall / NiceJobFixingItVillain / TooDumbToLive: As noted above, Tuchman's books often stressed great mistakes made by world leaders, and in fact that was the central theme of ''The March of Folly'', but the Zimmermann Telegram might be the biggest EpicFail in the history of diplomacy, either open or secret. Just to review: the Germans got the bright idea to ask Mexico--which had fought a war to keep its northern territories seventy years prior, and lost--to fight another war to get them back. They suggested that Mexico take on the immensely richer and more powerful United States in a war of aggression. And they did this with both the Germans and Mexicans knowing that there would be no way for the Germans to help as Germany was sealed up behind a British blockade. Mexico immediately dismissed this ridiculous idea. After the telegram was made public, many people in America thought it was a forgery designed by the British to trick the United States into war. German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmerman ''then admitted that he sent it.'' America declared war on Germany one month later.
* TrojanHorse: The decision to bring the original within the walls of Troy is examined in the first part of ''The March of Folly''.
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31st May '13 8:15:14 PM RoseAndHeather
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In a way, her writing indirectly saved the world in the Cold Wa as President JohnFKennedy was an avid reader of ''The Guns of August'' and he was determined to not to make the same blunders European leaders did at the start of WorldWarOne, which probably helped him resolve the Cuban Missile Crisis peacefully.

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In a way, her writing indirectly saved the world in the Cold Wa War, as President JohnFKennedy was an avid reader of ''The Guns of August'' and he was determined to not to make the same blunders European leaders did at the start of WorldWarOne, which probably helped him resolve the Cuban Missile Crisis peacefully.
8th Mar '13 3:37:57 PM kchishol
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In a way, her writing indirectly saved the world in the ''UsefulNotes/ColdWar'' as President JohnFKennedy was an avid reader of ''The Guns of August'' and he was determined to not to make the same blunders European leaders did at the start of WorldWarOne, which probably helped him resolve the Cuban Missile Crisis peacefully.

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In a way, her writing indirectly saved the world in the ''UsefulNotes/ColdWar'' Cold Wa as President JohnFKennedy was an avid reader of ''The Guns of August'' and he was determined to not to make the same blunders European leaders did at the start of WorldWarOne, which probably helped him resolve the Cuban Missile Crisis peacefully.
8th Mar '13 3:36:43 PM kchishol
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In a way, her writing indirectly saved the world in the ''UsefulNotes/ColdWar'' as President JohnFKennedy was an avid reader of ''The Guns of August'' and he was determined to not to make the same blunders European leaders did at the start of WorldWarOne, which probably helped him resolve the Cuban Missile Crisis peacefully.
26th Jan '13 5:09:52 AM gallium
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[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Tuchman Barbara Tuchman]] (1912-1989) was a well known American historian. Her books have enjoyed broad appeal, and her books, especially ''The March of Folly'', ''The Guns of August'' and ''The Zimmermann Telegram'' contain so many real life tropes, mostly of the idiotic kind, that sorting them out requires a study of its own. (Since this is a new article, I ask whomever reads this to polish and give examples, including deleting these parentheses.)

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[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Tuchman Barbara Tuchman]] (1912-1989) was a well known American historian. Her books have enjoyed broad appeal, and her books, especially ''The March of Folly'', ''The Guns of August'' and ''The Zimmermann Telegram'' contain so many real life tropes, mostly of the idiotic kind, that sorting them out requires a study of its own. (Since

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!!Works by Barbara Tuchman provide examples of:

* EndOfAnAge: Tuchman began her most famous work, ''The Guns of August'', with a recounting of the funeral of [[TheEdwardianEra King Edward VII of the United Kingdom]] in 1910. The chapter describes the many heads of state and European royal families that marched in the funeral procession, and how all those royal dynasties would be destroyed by the war that was right around the corner.
* IdiotBall / NiceJobFixingItVillain / TooDumbToLive: As noted above, Tuchman's books often stressed great mistakes made by world leaders, and in fact that was the central theme of ''The March of Folly'', but the Zimmermann Telegram might be the biggest EpicFail in the history of diplomacy, either open or secret. Just to review: the Germans got the bright idea to ask Mexico--which had fought a war to keep its northern territories seventy years prior, and lost--to fight another war to get them back. They suggested that Mexico take on the immensely richer and more powerful United States in a war of aggression. And they did
this is with both the Germans and Mexicans knowing that there would be no way for the Germans to help as Germany was sealed up behind a new article, I ask whomever reads British blockade. Mexico immediately dismissed this ridiculous idea. After the telegram was made public, many people in America thought it was a forgery designed by the British to polish and give examples, including deleting these parentheses.)trick the United States into war. German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmerman ''then admitted that he sent it.'' America declared war on Germany one month later.
* TrojanHorse: The decision to bring the original within the walls of Troy is examined in the first part of ''The March of Folly''.
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