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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) Revised Edition
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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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This is what I take issue with: "body count = evil." This is a superficial way of measuring evil because an evil can be hidden until it has WMDs, plus power, plus supporters of its evil ideology. 'Potential' should be the real measure, not body count.
Secondly, equating collatoral damage from carpet bombing morally equal to the Holocaust is also superficial. Shooting innocent fellow humans at close range, due to a warped ideology, is morally many levels lower. Again it is potential + power.
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. Regarding his bibliography, I find no fault. Although it has only twenty sources, they are excellent sources, and for a 300-page book with an average of fewer than 200 words per page, I think his bibliography is adequate.
Yes, he makes numerous recommendations to his “nephew Chris” to watch films and documentaries on the war, but the purpose of these recommendations is to give the reader a visual experience of what actually occurred during the war. They aren’t meant as scholarly sources.
I also fail to find any bombast in Maybury’s book. He does clearly express his outrage at the horrific obliteration visited upon Germany and Japan and their innocents. Remember, the Battle of Britain, a horror in itself, lasted leas than 3 months. Allied bombing of Germany and Japan lasted 3 years -- and well past the point that it was obvious each had been soundly beaten. Perhaps some people mistake outrage for bombast.
Others find that this series of books can’t be considered “scholarly.” But believe me, the farthest things from “scholarly” are high school textbooks. Since Maybury supplies so much truth that the “scholarly” books have lied about for 70 years, I believe they should be in every high school in the country.
Another criticism claims that Maybury is paranoid and compares him to an old man spinning tales at the dinner table, eventually falling into drunken rants. Needless to say, are ad hominem attacks are evidence of the inability to rationally argue a position against an opposing one. Any criticism coming from such quarters deserve to be ignored.
Criticisms against Maybury for not being an historian – however one determines what that may be – don’t carry much water. If an historian is someone with letters after his last name, consider that many of our most revered “historians” are some of the biggest liars in our history. The ironic answer to this criticism is Maybury’s bibliography which is full of books by historians and of persons who experienced first-hand (referred to as “best evidence”) various aspects of the war. I’ll put Maybury’s claims against those of any “historian.” Maybury is a seeker of truth, and that trumps “historian” seven days a week.
Two more suggestions. This book is actually the second of a pair that should be read together. If you are intrigued by Maybury’s account of WWII, I strongly suggest you read his World War I. It’s a third shorter, a very quick read, but it gives you invaluable background to the causes of WWII and America’s decision to join it.
Second, for those who have strong stomach and the ability to take repeated punches to your solar plexus, I give my absolute highest recommendation to Among the Dead Cities by A. C. Grayling. It’s written by a Brit who lived through the Battle of Britain and has remained remarkably objective. He’s no drunken, paranoid spinning tales for his young audience. But with amazing dispassion he will shake you to your core.
can make one view things in a whole different light. We need to start teaching real history based on factual information and statistical data in our schools,
not glorified Hollywood versions of history. I have been in education over 38 years and was astounded at the information I lacked and how skewed my judgements
were because of this. There are so many references given to verify the information stated and what better way to look for the truth then to check out sources.
Our schools need to correlate with honesty how past history has contributed and continues to influence today's problems(2011).
Just as well - info the average Joe wouldn't understand or believe
It exposes the murderous ROT of this world ... and the complaisant coop of our so-called democratic leaders.
Remember the tens of millions who have died needlessly ... to maintain a status quo of hierarchy...