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Taking his swing at the origins of World War II, conservative pundit Buchanan incorporates the subject into his warnings, expressed in several populist jeremiads (State of Emergency, 2006), of the decline of the West. Certainly World War I, with which Buchanan begins, was a catastrophe for Western civilization whose ramifications continue to be felt. Buchanan’s interpretation generally holds that British and American participation in both WWI and WWII was avoidable if British leaders had recognized that Germany was no threat to the vital interests of the British Empire. Banking his thesis on such supposed benevolence from Wilhelm II and Adolf Hitler, Buchanan criticizes various British policies of the 1920s and 1930s (who doesn’t?), and argues collaterally with Hitler’s statements disclaiming fundamental conflicts with Britain. The weakness in Buchanan’s line of thinking, of course, is that by 1939, Hitler’s international word was worthless; yet Buchanan hinges his case on what might have happened had Britain let Hitler go after Poland in 1939 as it had Czechoslovakia. Speculating a better future had the West permitted Nazi Germany a free hand in Eastern Europe, Buchanan cites the historical costs of Britain and France having at last drawn the line against aggression. Convinced? Controversial as is his wont, Buchanan reminds his large readership that the immediate ignition of WWII can still be disputed. --Gilbert Taylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
PATRICK J. BUCHANAN was a senior adviser to three American presidents; ran twice for the Republican presidential nomination, in 1992 and 1996; and was the Reform Party candidate in 2000. He is the author of nine other books, including the bestsellers Right from the Beginning; A Republic, Not an Empire; The Death of the West; State of Emergency; and Day of Reckoning. He is now a senior political analyst for MSNBC.
People should listen to this man...why is it a man like this is never president and we keep getting the same thing since Harry Truman... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Wally Leitel
Very informative book. I applaud Mr. Buchanan for questioning the status quo perspective on World War 2. Good job.Published 24 days ago by Arturo
Buchanan's argument is that Britain should have what the Catholic church did, appease and collude with fascism. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Greg
I never really paid too much attention to Author Pat Buchanan, nor did I vote for him when he ran for President. However, I HAVE, immersed myself in the history of both world wars. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lynn Warford
The book was hard to put down after starting it. Mr. Buchanan makes a compelling defense of why he believes neither Britain nor the United States should ever have been involved in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Edward R. McAnally
This book says so many terrible truths about the two World Wars that I think it should be obligatory reading for politicians and military personnel alike. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dimitrios