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The Myth of the Good War: America in the Second World War First US Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1550287714
ISBN-10: 1550287710
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"The Myth of the Good War is an accessible and well-written book... The reader feels immersed in a bath of refreshing ideas." (De Morgen)

"Pauwels' exposure of the dirty truths behind such historical tragedies as Dieppe, Hiroshima, and Pearl Harbor will likely cause outrage, but his documentation is sound, his reasoning sharp." (Quill & Quire)

"A revealing analysis of the covert goals pursued by Western leaders before, during and immediately after World War II. Well-researched and lucidly-argued, this fine book will be of great value to experts and ordinary readers alike." (Michael Parenti author of Against Empire and The Terrorism Trap)

"Pauwels is mostly successful in his effort to construct a counter-narrative. His is a lively book." (Labour/Le Travail)

"Pauwels represents a departure from the orthodox and conventional feel-good history and from the military drum-and-trumpet historiography." (Het Utrechts Nieuwsblad/De Amerfoortse Courant [a leading Dutch daily])

"The Myth of the Good War breaks through the propaganda of World War II as portrayed in standard US history books and various Hollywood movies . . . I encourage people everywhere to read and understand this important historical work." (Peter Phillips Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Sonoma State Univesity 2015-01-02)

About the Author

JACQUES R. PAUWELS is an independent scholar who has a special interest in 20th-century history. He has taught European history at the University of Toronto, York University, and the University of Waterloo. The first edition of this monumental work, published in 2000, has also been published in German, Spanish, and French, and has been on several national bestseller lists. This new edition has been revised and updated to incorporate new research on the war published since then.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Lorimer; First US Edition edition (October 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550287710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550287714
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dan Avey on December 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book before I went on a battlefield tour across France, Belgium, and Holland with Jacques and 27 people from southern Ontario. His book is a real eye opener for those who are interested in the politcal aspects of the Second World War. So much has been hidden over the years about the role US corporations played in this conflict. Some of it I was aware of. Some of it I wasn't. This book is very much worth buying and reading. Some parts really shocked me as I grew up seeing this event as "The Good War". I had some moments during the tour to discuss this book with Jacques. He's a really great guy with a fun personality and knows his history. He's really done the research. Check his book out. You won't be disappointed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Peripatetic Reader on November 23, 2013
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Everything You Know About WWII is Wrong

Next time you are in Seven Eleven and grab a Fanta from the Cooler, you are choosing a drink that originated in Nazi Germany because syrup for the Coca Cola drink could not be shipped to Germany when they declared war against the United States.

The next time you fill your tank at Exxon or Mobil, recall you are buying gas from the oil company that supplied petrol to the Nazi armed forces before, during and after WWII.

The next time you are using that IBM calculator, its predecessor tabulated the deaths that took place in Nazi concentration camps.

These are only a few of the many forgotten facts revealed in the Myth of the Good War. If you believed, as this reviewer did, that the US and the UK wore the white hats and Germany, Italy and Japan wore the black hats during WWII, you are in for a big surprise. This is iconoclastic, historical analysis at its best, an examination par excellence of the motivations and intentions of both the Allied and Axis powers before, during and after WWII. Pauwel's book is a page-turner and has one eye-opening revelation after another. If you were a product of the American educational system, or if your only exposure to WWII is Tom Brokaw's The Best Generation, it will challenge everything you know about the conflict and forever change your opinion of American business and corporations. It is compelling reading.

Yes, there is no dispute that Hitler was and is the psychopath he was in history. But the focus of this book is not the Axis Powers but the Allies and their leaders and their motives and reactions to the Axis. Pauwels first debunks the conventional wisdom regarding Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin and Truman.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By sumwunyumayno on May 12, 2007
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A fine book; little (or nothing) that is not already known; but it does a very good job of assembling together relevant events and interpretation which effectively disproves the myth of American beneficence and unselfishness in its policies leading up to, during, and just after World War II.
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