- Publisher: Institute for Historical Review (August 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0939484013
- ISBN-13: 978-0939484010
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,004,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace
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Upon reading the dust jacket and introduction, I knew the book was for me, as the editor drops the name of Charles A. Beard into the mix. (Beard is one of the few recent historians that Gore Vidal praises.)
The book is considered a 'revisionist' tome, and rightly so. The irony is that the original 'revisionists', (like Beard), sought to clarify the FACTUAL historical record. This book lays the case for foreknowledge of Japan's 'suprise' attack by the Roosevelt administration, and a series of maneuvers to incite Japan to land the first punch at Pearl Harbor.
With the help of the FOIA, Robert Stinnet recently wrote 'Day of Deceit' which vindicates much of what these authors were writing back in 1953. Vidal wrote 'The Golden Age' as a fictionalized account of FDR's maneuvers, and I think he also used the FOIA, and came to nearly identical conclusions.
You can disagree with the authors' product, but you cannot dispute the factual case laid out in detailed, indexed black & white truth.
Cuts through propaganda like a hot knife through butter. Still relevant over 50 years after publication. That's impressive for a foreign policy book.
Barnes begins this book with an essay on the background of World War II by giving the reader a good summary of World War I and its aftermath. Barnes is clear that events before World War I were radically different than events during and after this war. He traces American policy from the end of World War I to World War II and beyond.
Barnes' use of Percy Greaves' background to the attack on Pearly Harbor is effective. Greaves was an expert on what actually happened when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Greaves' account is no sanitized textbook report but a carefully documented assessment that is basically unanswerable.
The same could be said of Morgenstern's work mentioned in PERPETUAL WAR FOR PERPETUAL PEACE. Morgenstern's book PEARL HARBOR:THE STORY OF THE SECRET WAR is by far the best book written on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and when the "experts" could not refute him, they resorted to smearing him.
Charles Tansill's essay is well worth reading. In fact, Tansill's contritubtion to this book should be followed by a careful reading of his BACK DOOR TO WAR. Tansill had to resort to trickery to get the documents and sources for his BACK DOOR TO WAR.Read more ›
For the real story on WWII (and beyond) you can't do better than this classic revisionist tome. I would also recommend "The Real Lincoln", and "Wilson's War" if you want to get a more balanced view of some of our "great" presidents and the unnecessary wars they embroiled us in - all of which caused millions of deaths, huge federal defecits, aggrandized the central government and brought us into the Orwellian police state.
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For those of us still steeped in the War propaganda that even to this day is forced on us this book was a real eye opener. Read morePublished on August 5, 2011 by S. Benn
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