Churchill, Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War" by Patrick J. Buchanan | Penguin Random House Canada
Were they necessary wars? Or were they products of calamitous failures of judgment? In this monumental and provocative history, Patrick Buchanan makes the case that, if not for the blunders of British statesmen— Winston Churchill first among them—the horrors of two world wars and the Holocaust might have been avoided and the British Empire might never have collapsed into ruins.
Buchanan was a senior adviser to three American presidents; ran twice for the Republican presidential nomination, in and ; and was the Reform Party candidate in Excerpted by permission of The Crown Publishing Group. But for both Nicholson Baker and Patrick Buchanan—writing from utterly different perspectives—Churchill is the villain of the piece, a warmonger or an incompetent blunderer.
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This is exclusive content for subscribers only. If you are already a subscriber, please be sure you are logged in to your nybooks. Facebook Twitter RSS. It gives a different perspective on the causes and backgound of WW II. If you've ever wondered just how the world we live in ended up looking the way it did, this book will answer your questions.
From chronicling the blunders of the European Powers at the dawn of the 20th Century to President Bush's at the dawn of the 21st, Buchanan's book why for the what we see around us every day. Prepare to have some of your preconceived notions of history challenged. This is a must read for any student of politics or history. From the moment I read the provocative cover, until I finished listening.. I was completely spellbound.
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I had not connected the author as the hard right american presidential nominee who opened Bushs senior '92 republican congress. I thought I was listening to a Leon Trotsky refusniks analysis,. Spanning both conflgrations the depth and breadth of the scholarship is impressive but the conclusions incendiary! Most hagiographies of Churchill concede his love of cordite and gunsmoke at the expense of a more measured strategic response.
Buchanan asserts the heresy that Churchill was the wrong man at at the wrong time. Buchanan makes the argument that it could all have been different if Hitler as the Soviet union was post WW2 could have been contained and his eastern expansion would have been checked by that other monster Stalin at great expense to both tyrants. Most standard WW2 histories will acknowledge the irony that the democracies were saved by communisms mercilous prosicution of the eastern war.
Buchanan asserts that the war in the west was the wrong war at the wrong time for the western democracies. Britain went to war for Poland, and subsequently abandonded her to a monstrous communist regime the Katyn forest, to mention one maasacre under the guise of realpolitik which wiould have been better employed in ' Buchanan's analysis of Hitlers designs on Checkoslovakia and Danzig and Memel in will surprise many and were regarded at the time as reasonable territorial claims though not the methods.
Listen, be infuriated, perplexed, the starkness of the heresy and its legacies to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Uncomfortable, fascinating, illuminating, unmissable. This is a revisionist polemic rather than a balanced work of historical research.
Buchanan begins with a premise and then doggedly and relentlessly sets out to prove it, marshalling an impressive but selective array of quotations along the way. His premise is that Britain had no real need to participate in either World War and that by doing so transformed each war into a world-wide rather than a contained European conflict. The book has some interesting sections. The detailed criticism of the iniquities of the post-World War I Versailles Treaty is particularly devastating, and is probably the best part of the book. Buchanan comes across as a passionate captain of a debating team who is only interested in advancing his own arguments while minimizing or suppressing the counter-arguments of his opponents.
As a result, the book ultimately fails to convince. There is no original research and all sources are secondary, i.
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A visit to some of the works of the historians cited will show that their authors came up with conclusions rather at odds with those of Buchanan. Oh well, never mind.
As a former speechwriter for others and then a politician in his own right, Buchanan probably enjoyed himself tremendously while writing this book. Since he merely had a bash at the Brits primarily Churchill and didn?
taylor.evolt.org/sukoh-sitios-para.php The bad part is that some gullible people might actually believe him! As an Englishman I am filled with an overwhelming feeling of sadness at how England in particular, and the West as a whole, have declined due to catastrophic decisions being made by the past leaders of our Nations.
The book answers many questions you never asked and some you never thought of. Highly recommended. Good to listen to something different than the narrative we're fed on this topic. By: Patrick J. Narrated by: Don Leslie. Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins.
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