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Churchill, Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War": How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World Paperback – July 28, 2009
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In the opening decade of the twentieth century, Germany had a chance to form an alliance with Britain, but let the opportunity pass, as the Kaiser did not believe that England would ever reconcile with France. However, Britain did reconcile with its longtime adversaries, France and Russia, and in 1906 the British secretly agreed to back France should Germany attack. Had the Kaiser known that war with France meant war with Britain, he would have been more conciliatory, as he never wanted war with Britain. On the other hand, had Britain not been pledged to help the French when World War I did come, and had they stayed out of the war, Germany would have defeated France as they had in 1870, but there would have been no Nazi Germany and no Soviet Union as a result the war.
In the interwar years, Britain alienated longtime allies Japan and Italy, who eventually formed an alliance with Nazi Germany.
The Second World War came about, Buchanan believes, as a result of Britain's disastrous guarantee to protect Poland (which it was incapable of doing anyway). Hitler did not want war with Britain, as evidenced by the fact that he never attempted to build a strong navy.Read more ›
This is the first book I have ever read by Pat Buchanan, and it has a very impressive premise. It is filled with over 1200 notes, and has a vast bibliography. Does the author have a point of view? Obviously, but then what author/historian does not wish to interpret history in their own way.
While many reviewers give much time to WW II, the real issue is WW I and the resultant Treaty of Versailles. Such a pathetic war, such a pathetic treaty, one that was so bad even the US Senate refused to ratify it, and other diplomats knew all the Treaty did was ensure another war in 20 years. The dismantling of the old Empire/Monarchy system led to many of todays bastardized countries. Countries that contain people with no common language, culture or background.
And, if you wish to criticize the premise, just look what recently happened with the Georgian invasion by Russia, and now we have US giving its own "Polish Guarantee" for missle defense. The book definitely shows that there were other views with regard to Churchill and the two World Wars, and Buchanan comes down on the side of those who feel that the wars were unnecessary. It has been over 60 years since the WW II has ended, we have seen the files, seen the paperwork and correspondence from that era, and people are now properly wondering if that war was fought for the wrong reasons. Buchanan certainly points out all the atrocities that Hitler and his Generals ordered to happen, but to me the basic premise was that Hitler could have been avoided had their been a better and more civilized peace to end WW I.Read more ›
Churchill is often treated as a god, and not a minor one at that. A reckoning with the British politician's career is long overdue. I doubt that any non-American head of state has been more lionized in our press than the former prime minister. Of course, the focal point of hagiography is Churchill's undeniable role as a wartime leader. It's a role the author Buchanan doesn't dispute. What the author does dispute is the wider context, particularly Churchill's vaunted reputation as a statesman. It's here within an unfolding sixty-year period that Buchanan lays bear the actual record--and contrary to legend, a dismal one it is. From the British politician's earliest service through 1955, the author records again and again gross errors of judgment that helped propagate WWI, instigate WWII, facilitate Soviet expansion, and finally terminate the British Empire. It's a sobering account, to say the least, darn near the equivalent of saying Jesus erred on the Mount of Olives. Nonetheless, it's an account that can't be ignored.Read more ›
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Mixed book. Some good points, but Buchanan can't resist interpreting everything his way so it supports his isolationist beliefs. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Bruno
It has changed my view of the causes of the Second World War, We knew these things but Mr. Buchanan put it such a form that we cannot ignore the topic. Best book on the topic.Published 28 days ago by David T. Faust
This is a must read for every student of American History. Pat Buchanan challenges popular beliefs and backs up his statements with evidence galore.Published 2 months ago by Frank E. Hurtte
I've read this book twice now in an 8 year span. This is the best book I've ever read about Winston S. Churchill, and Adolph Hitler. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Thomas Ciappetta
Basically, the thesis is this: Great Britain's decision to go to war in 1914 and 1939 was disastrous for itself and really western civilization. Read morePublished 3 months ago by mick
I learned so much from this book. Everyone interested in the machinations leading to WW-1` and WW-2 should read it.
Surprise, Churchill was responsible for both world wars.
This is a fascinating look at history from another angle. I'm not staking a position on the validity of the premise, you decide. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Carl Allan Barnes