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Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal Paperback – April 2, 2015
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I particularly loved the way he skewered propaganda used to support the brutality of war. I bet anyone who reads this will have a more critical opinion of the current wars being waged and the propaganda being used to justify them.
The book is thoroughly footnoted and set in an easy-to-read typeface. Get it direct from the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
Each chapter is a self-standing essay, and their quality varies a little; but the one about Churchill alone was, for me, well worth the price of the book. He was a "great leader" virtually beatified on both sides of the Atlantic, whom Ralph Raico systematically and persuasively exposes as just another sordid warmonger. I knew already that the fateful change in British public opinion during the summer of 1939, which propelled Chamberlain into a war he had spent years trying to avoid, was the culmination of a long propaganda campaign by Churchill and his friends in the media; I did not appreciate that, as Raico reveals, that "among his other claims to fame, Winston Churchill ranks as one of the founders of the welfare state." But the evidence he presents is powerful indeed.
The 20th Century was a disaster; its wars took more human lives than those in the ten preceding centuries combined and the headlong rush into socialism has left the "West" on the brink of bankruptcy. All of that tragic decline, from the bright promise of its first decade, can be laid at the door of the world's "Great Leaders" who are still, in school and media alike, lionized as saviors and wise guides. Raico's book should be required reading for all students of the period.
I am really glad to see that there are books about war that don't glorify it, and actually call into question the wisdom of people who got us into them.
This book is actually very shocking because it unveils the astounding hypocrisy of how historians in general talk about Hitler's evil without showing any concern for Churchill's war crimes such as starving civilians in WWI (against international law) and continuing to starve them after Germany surrendered. Or callously repatriating soviets to be murdered by Stalin after WWII.
For all we hear about how evil Osama Bin Laden was for targeting civilians, I as under the impression that it's the kind of thing that should be completely out of the question. Yet Churchill had 400,000 war refugees (civilians, women and children) killed from the air. You've got to be kidding me.
And somehow I always assumed that bombing Japanese civilians must have been a harrowing decision for poor Truman. But his rational was that Japanese soldiers killed civilians so we shouldn't feel bad doing it?!?! Seriously?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A revisionist version of WW! and WW!!. It sheds light on much of the propaganda about Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. Great read.Published 2 months ago by Frank A. Dieterich
Very enlightening of our icons of 20th century history. As a history nut I totally enjoyed this book.Published 2 months ago by Leburn Flurry
A collection of individual essays, Raico provides an alternative perspective to the conventional dogma and propaganda that we are subjected to regarding the foreign policy leaders... Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Foster
If you think that you or anyone you know needs some radical de-programming, I heartily recommend this book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ricardo Vacilon
Great job exposing the truth behind the evils of war mongering world leaders.Published 14 months ago by Keith
Ralph Raico's book is divided into two parts, the first presents his essays and the second part gives reviews of others work. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stanley
Like Paul Harvey said, "And now you now the rest of the story". A very engaging and informative read. Highly recommended.Published 22 months ago by E. Hogan
I really enjoyed reading Ralph Raico's synopsis of some of the revisionist history and the incredible perspective it provides on many of our so-called "Great Leaders". Read morePublished 23 months ago by David C. Robine