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  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Ludwig Von Mises Institute; 1st edition (June 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933550066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933550060
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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American foreign policy will attempt to justify huge military budgets and draconian infringements of Liberty.
Ronald E. Jones
Chapter one serves as the introduction to John Denson’s book and was originally given as a lecture at the Mises Institute.
A. Clark
It may change your life, your political views, or at the very least question most of the things you've been taught.
Jon Schipp "Keisterstash"

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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Ronald E. Jones on December 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
Disillusionment is at once a bitter pill, a feeling of loss, betrayal and abandonment, sadness, and yet...triumph, and hope for a new beginning.

This book literally changed my life. When I finished "A Century of War" I was shaken to the core. My entire political world view had been challenged, and the history I was taught as a child was insufficient to answer that challenge. I was heartbroken and in tears.

Before you dismiss these claims as mere hyperbole, understand that just a few years before, I had separated from the United States Marine Corps after nine years of Infantry service. All Marines volunteer because they believe in something; for me, it was duty for my country, and my belief in that "shining city upon a hill" that Reagan spoke of in his farewell address; and I believed hard.

But all of that was about to change...

"A Century of War" is only 187 pages of actual text. Seven chapters, plus an appendix (and an extensive bibliography). All written by a mild-mannered Alabama lawyer named John V. Denson, a scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Montgomery, AL. It is incisive and without fluff. You can read it in just a few hours.

Chapter 1 - A Century of War. The twentieth century is identified as the bloodiest in all of human history, in which government killed more than 170 Million people. The context is established from which the rest of the narrative flows. This chapter can be summed up in the words of a German poet named Johann Christian Friedrich Holderlin: "What has made the State a hell on earth has been that man has tried to make it his heaven."

Chapter 2 - Abraham Lincoln and the First Shot.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Abram J. Taylor on April 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
There is a painful reality that few Americans will accept: 95% of the wars that the United States has participated in or precipitated were completely avoidable and for the sole benefit of a few elite. This book, a collection of no-frills essays that quote heavily from primary sources, illustrates this perfectly. It's all there, piles and piles of evidence, straight from the horses' mouths. It's been in plain sight all this time, but the history that the court historians spoon feed us in public schools and on the History Channel essentially deemphasizes it out of existence.

Did you know:

That the Civil War was fought, not out of concern for slaves, but out of fear that the South would become a free-trade zone, and that Northern industry would lose a huge captive market for its overpriced goods? That Lincoln, through lies and subterfuge, provoked the assault on Fort Sumter, though the South desperately wanted peace?

That Wilson, prior to the sinking of the Lusitania, refused to warn the ship's American passengers that there were illegal munitions hidden onboard, and that it was thus a viable target for German submarines? That Winston Churchill, then first lord of the British Admiralty, ordered that the ship be slowed and deprived of its escort in order to make a better target for German torpedoes?

That during World War I, 100,000 British and German soldiers declared a Christmas ceasefire of their own accord, much to the frustration of their officers, and shared cigarettes and meals, swapped stories and played soccer together? That the hellish Great War would have ended right there if the evil bureaucracies hadn't forced them to resume blowing one another apart?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jon Schipp "Keisterstash" on November 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
I finished this book a few minutes ago and I have to say that I really enjoyed it for these reasons:

1) It's very short, easy to read, less than 200 pages.

2) The author quotes many of the leading revisionist historians on the particular subjects. Many of them being involved in academia.

3) The author compares views with other prominent historians such as Arthur Schlesinger Jr., who also believed that Lincoln and Roosevelt set dangerous precedents. Though, John says that "He(Arthur) attempts to justify the actions of both presidents on grounds that they were acting during a "crisis" pertaining to the "survival of the American government". John then quotes Arthur's passage, the one which led Jon to that conclusion:

"Both presidents took their actions in the light of day and to the accompaniment of uninhibited political debate. They did what they thought they had to do to save the republic. They threw themselves in the end on the justice of the country and the rectitude of their motives. Whatever Lincoln and Roosevelt felt compelled to do under the pressure of crisis did not corrupt their essential commitment to constitutional ways and democratic processes."
- Arthur Schlesinger Jr

Though, I would like to point out from this quote, I don't see how one can be sure whether Arthur is expressing his opinion or whether he truly believes that Lincoln and Roosevelt really thought that THEY were doing what is best for the country. Note: I do have Arthur's book, from which this quote was taken, "Imperial Presidency", on my shelf, I just haven't had time to read it. Reading this may answer that question.

There are a few other minor instances of things like this...
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