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Rethinking the Good War Pamphlet – September 1, 2009
About the Author
Laurence M. Vance is an author, a publisher, a lecturer, a freelance writer, the editor of the Classic Reprints series, and the director of the Francis Wayland Institute. He holds degrees in history, theology, accounting, and economics. The author of twenty-seven books, he has contributed over 900 articles and book reviews to both secular and religious periodicals. Vance's writings have appeared in a diverse group of publications including the Ancient Baptist Journal, Bible Editions & Versions, Campaign for Liberty, LewRockwell.com, the Independent Review, the Free Market, Liberty, Chronicles, the Journal of Libertarian Studies, the Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society, the Review of Biblical Literature, Freedom Daily, and the New American. His writing interests include economics, taxation, politics, government spending and corruption, theology, English Bible history, Greek grammar, and the folly of war. He is a regular columnist, blogger, and book reviewer for LewRockwell.com, and writes a column for the Future of Freedom Foundation. Vance is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Grace Evangelical Society, and the International Society of Bible Collectors, and is a policy adviser of the Future of Freedom Foundation and an associated scholar of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
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Rethinking the Good War is a perfect read for those who consider WWII a necessary war, who think that politicians sincerely try to keep us out of war, and who also still believe in the tooth fairy.
In addition to this book, I recommend (especially for Christians) The Myth of the Just Price and the Biblical Case for Laissez Faire, as well as War, Foreign Policy, and the Church. Both of these are short, easy reads. You will find yourself thinking, "Well, gee, I know that!" And you do know it. You've just been propagandized. It's ok. You'll get over it. Maybe you'll recover enough to read Vance's Christianity and War and Other Essays Against the Warfare State -- a much larger book and a harder pill to swallow. But it's a red pill, so fear not.