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World War II: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today, 1930 to September 11, 2001 (Uncle Eric Book) Paperback – October 1, 2003

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Product Details

  • Series: Uncle Eric Book
  • Paperback: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Bluestocking Pr; Revised edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942617436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942617436
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Richard Maybury is a great author! In his two-volume world war series, 'World War II' along with the companion volume 'World War I', Maybury will give you a new perspective on wars and history, filled with facts of interest rarely mentioned elsewhere. 'Uncle Eric' writes succinctly and in a way to be understood. Highly, highly recommended!" --Jim Cox, Author, "The Concise Guide to Economics", Associate Professor, Georgia Perimeter College

"The best book I've read on World War II. It provides genuinely original insights on why the U.S. didn t need to become involved, and destroys many myths that persist about the war. Maybury ties the misunderstandings about World War II to the misunderstanding about today s U.S. foreign policy. I also strongly recommend his books 'World War I' and 'Whatever Happened to Justice?'" --Harry Browne

About the Author

Richard Maybury, also known as Uncle Eric, is a world renowned author, lecturer, and geopolitical analyst. He consults with business firms in the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Maybury is the former Global Affairs editor of "Moneyworld" and widely regarded as one of the finest free-market writers in America. Mr. Maybury's articles have appeared in "The Wall Street Journal", "USA Today", and other major publications. He has penned eleven books in the Uncle Eric series. His books have been endorsed by top business leaders, including former U.S. Treasury Secretary William Simon, and he has been interviewed on more than 250 radio and TV shows across America.

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Also very enjoyable to read,Highly recommend.
Wide Reader
The previous review takes quotes from this book entirely out of context ... whether you agree or not, this book does actually warrant investigation.
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Overall I enjoyed it and found it very interesting to think about.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Carroll on April 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
It's funny--there's a stereotype that politicians are all liars, yet anytime someone suggests that the government is lying to us, we quickly dismiss that as a ridiculous conspiracy theory.

Well, this book is not about a conspiracy theory; it's about World War II. And as the title says, it tells the other side of the story--the side you don't get from mainstream history books, most of which have been tainted by propaganda and thus offer only a very biased view of the facts.

As the author points out, no book is unbiased. If you're looking for pure objectivity, you'd better stick to math and science; you sure won't find it in history. Maybury is admittedly biased, and he explains right up front what his bias is so that the reader won't be deceived.

Some books may be more "patriotic" than this one, if your idea of patriotism is "my country, right or wrong." But, to borrow a scene from the movie The Matrix, you can choose the red pill or the blue pill: keep your blinders firmly in place, or dare to open your eyes to what's really going on.

For anyone who wants to take a sober look at the facts and make up his own mind, this book is a great place to start.

So, why not 5 stars if I love it so much? Well, it's an "Uncle Eric" book, ostensibly targeted to the narrator's twelve-year-old nephew. That means that if you're much older than twelve, it may sound like the author is talking down to you. If you can get past that, though, you'll find a clear presentation of oft-ignored facts about World War II. Lots of good food for thought.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By W. Thoams on July 1, 2006
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If you truly believe that questioning the ultimate motives for war is unpatriotic, then do not read this book. If you have the courage to accept there actually are two sides to every story, then this book is for you. The previous review takes quotes from this book entirely out of context ... whether you agree or not, this book does actually warrant investigation.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Sardrena on April 11, 2013
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Though the "Uncle Eric" series of books pertain to a discussion of history and other topics, they should never be regarded as textbooks or serious scholarly research. They are framed as an uncle's series of letters to an inquisitive twelve-year-old nephew. If they are taken in that light - as a fairly well-informed layman's opinions about these subjects - they are acceptable. The bibliographic references, for example, cite many "lightweight" sources - such a Discovery Channel program the putative uncle might have seen one evening. Inevitably, someone will give them greater credence than they deserve however... and there's the problem.

On the positive side, author Maybury attacks some familiar canards about World War II - particularly the notion that Hitler's Germany could have conquered the world. He forcefully makes the point that Germany lacked the industrial output or population to defeat the U.K./U.S.S.R. alliance alone, much less an alliance joined by the U.S. He makes the controversial yet valid point that the Axis powers were younger nations which tried and failed to secure a share of the colonial empires the Allied nations already possessed. He adds that Stalin was at least as ruthless and accomplished a despot as Hitler ever was. These are all opinions, yet they should have been part of popular discussions about the Second World War long ago.

Conversely, Maybury's vehemence - the bombastic heat of some of his prose - undermines his credibility. At times he dusts off old claims about the war which have never been proved, such as the claim that FDR "set up" the U.S. for Pearl Harbor. Given Roosevelt's pro-U.K. position and his willingness to bend the truth regarding U.S. destroyer actions in the North Atlantic, suspicions are reasonable - but never proven.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jim F on April 28, 2014
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I’ve read a great deal of history, and but for a very few almost totally ignored books, historians and others stick to the usual narrative about how the US “had” to get into World War II.

Some of the criticisms fault the book for it’s not being an historical tome, but Maybury never claims that it is. He is a far-better-than-average informed citizen who, as he repeats many times, loves his country. But his goal is to shatter many of the lies 5 generations of Americans have been told about U.S. involvement in World War II in order to repair the damage lies always perpetrate.

Some criticisms of this book focus on the simple level of the writing and claim that it’s intended for 12-year-olds. While it’s true that the book is ostensibly written for the author’s fictional high school nephew and thus doesn’t employ sophisticated language, scores of names dates and places, Maybury’s purpose is to reach as wide an audience as possible. That includes teenagers, people who avoid difficult books and, especially, those who think history is boring and who would never consider reading it. So Maybury serves a very wide audience, and, as a former history and English teacher, I believe he does it remarkably well. For those who demand names, dates and places, I urge you to just give it a try. It’s a very quick read. What have you got to lose?

Although some of the material is new to me, from my reading about WWII, I know that many of the facts are indeed true. Some reviewers believe he’s a radical; an odd claim that I can’t begin to understand.

Maybury admits that his book is his opinion, and so conclusions he draws are arguable. But every history book I’ve ever read is the author’s opinion, so Maybury deserves consideration in that light.
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Richard Maybury, also known as Uncle Eric, is a world renowned author, lecturer, and geopolitical analyst. He consults with business firms in the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Maybury is the former Global Affairs editor of "Moneyworld" and widely regarded as one of the finest free-market writers in America. Mr. Maybury's articles have appeared in "The Wall Street Journal", "USA Today", and other major publications. He has penned eleven books in the Uncle Eric series. His books have been endorsed by top business leaders, including former U.S. Treasury Secretary William Simon, and he has been interviewed on more than 250 radio and TV shows across America.

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