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Revisionist Viewpoints: Essays in a Dissident Historical Tradition Paperback – 1971

ISBN-13: 978-0879260088 ISBN-10: 0879260084 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Ralph Myles; 1st edition (1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879260084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879260088
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,017,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martin also has much to say about the wars fought to allegedly "rid the world of fascism".
New Age of Barbarism
He does not cite arcane and obscure sources in his work, and his citations are from the public record if one wants to confirm the veracity of his conclusions.
James E. Egolf
Martin's "additionist" approach is clearly and brilliantly on display in this fine collection of well crafted essays.
Earth that Was

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Fritz R. Ward VINE VOICE on November 13, 2001
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This book is a collection of essays from Dr. Martin, the bulk of which were published in the 1960s in a small libertarian paper, Rampart Journal. The writing style may be a bit dense for some people, and Martin's cutting sarcasm regarding conventional history will certainly offend others, but this book is still worth a read. Several of the essays, such as his summary of the "Peace Now" movement of 1943 deal with little known topics that simply have not been explored by mainstream historians. His two best essays: one on the Cold War, and the other a summary of the work of Harry E. Barnes, however, are worth the price of the book. Martin's discussion of sociologist, historian and journalist Barnes provides a good summary of the latter's career, and his interest in using history to promote international peace. The essay on the Cold War, however, has strongly influenced my interpretation of history and foreign policy. Martin argues that the Cold War was, in the final analysis, an Orwellian conflict, used primarily for controlling domestic populations, and was never an actual conflict between nations, the rulers of which, Martin argues, had more in common with each other than their differing ideologies suggest. The war he suggests, was primarily fought as an element of domestic policy. In this he anticipated some of the later new left critics of the Cold War. Now that the Cold War is over, I can't help but wonder if the "War on drugs" and our new "War on Terrorism" might not fit under the same rubric. In any event, reading Martin is a challenge and delight, and is highly recommended for those with open minds. People easily offended should avoid his books.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James E. Egolf VINE VOICE on February 25, 2006
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James J. Martin's REVISIONIST VIEWPOINTS is "must reading" for those who have been deluged with canned historical accounts and conventional studies by those who should know better. The "Court Historians" have been either too timid or too politically connencted to write an honest assessments of events since World War I and especially World War II. This book should make an honest reader think.

The essay titled "On the 'Defense' Origins of the New Imperialism" gives a clear account of the U.S. policy since the end of World War II. Political adventures in extending U.S. control have been defined as "National Defense." If there are no actual enemies, U.S. policy makers invent them to justify huge defense budgets government contracts to the politically connected plutocratic rich.

The essay on conscription or the military draft has been connected to this defense spending. In spite of the Thirteenth Amendment, which forbade slavery and involuntary servitude, conscription has been used as part of this scam. Martin also uses the public record including military reports to verify that military conscription has not produced type of military hero that is presented in media entertainment.

James J. Martin's assessment of Fascism is the best this writer has ever read. All the fake attributes to Fascism as a politically disapproval word is undermined in this. Martin deals with the economic policies of the "wicked fascists" and concludes that these policiies were similiar to those of the New Deal. In fact, there is an essay dealing with John Maynard Keynes' GENERAL THEORY which was translated into German. Keynes is clear that his economic theories were more easily applied to a totalitarian system rather than to a system of laissez-faire capitalism.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jorg Gunnderson on September 24, 2004
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The dean of living revisionist historians is at his brilliant, provocative best in these essays on "war crimes," Allied terror bombing, Fascism, the draft, the American mass media's wartime love affair with Stalin, America's postwar "defense" imperialism, and more! Indispensable for the revisionist scholar, excellent for the thoughtful young student.
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