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World War I: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today, 1870 to 1935 (Uncle Eric Book) Revised Edition

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Grade 9 Up-Maybury is a lecturer and geopolitical analyst. In a statement of disclosure, he expresses his disdain for objectivity, basing his viewpoint on Juris Naturalism, a belief that natural law is higher than any government. Clearly, his series offers a biased perspective. Utilizing an epistolary style of writing, he plays the role of an economist using letters to explain World War I to his nephew. He examines the causes, events, and effects of the conflict, discussing the nature of war and how it influences economics and society in general. There is no documentation for his views except for introducing readers to "Uncle Eric's Model of How the World Works."-L. R. Little, Penticton Public Library, British Columbia, Canada
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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
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Product Details

  • Series: Uncle Eric Book
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Bluestocking Pr; Revised edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942617428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942617429
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book treats history as an interconnected series of cause and effect, unlike the "isolated events" approach that your high school teacher used.
The spine of the book is Maybury's Ten Deadly Ideas That Lead to War:
1. Pax Romana
2. Fascism
3. Love of political power
4. Global protection
5. "Interests"
6. Cost externalization
7. Manifest Destiny
8. The White Man's Burden (now Washington DC's Burden)
9. Alliances
10. The glory of war
Some other things I found interesting about the book:
- People often say that there is no way to win a guerilla war. Maybury shows that there is a way, and the US Government used it to win the war in the Philippines.
- Who made the first move of aggression, the US Government or Japan?
- How did the US Government get the land to build the Panama Canal?
- Why were the German people so supportive of Hitler after WWI?
- Why was the US Government (particularly Woodrow Wilson) responsible for prolonging WWI and creating the conditions for WWII.
Maybury draws a distinct difference between America as a country and the US Government and he states that unfortunately "patriotism" is often seen as support for one's government instead of love for one's country. It reminds me of GK Chesterson remarking that "My country right or wrong" was like saying, "My mother drunk or sober."
After reading this book, you'll never be able to hear phrases like "make the world safe for democracy" and "project power" again without feeling nauseous. Maybury shows how the propaganda for interventionism developed in the late 19th century and has continued up to the present. It's amazing how much Bush's current rhetoric sounds like Woodrow Wilson's before WWI.
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I am a retired military officer with great respect for American history and especially for those who have carried the burden of our nation's wars. Before reading this book, I viewed most if not all of America's military encounters as essential or at least justified. As a result, when I first bgan reading this book out loud to my children as part of a school curriculum, I almost had to stop--it seemed un-American. I'm so glad I stuck it out. Maybury is right. Even if you don't agree, read this book to test your point of view--does it really hold up? Do you need to reconsider? What really IS worth fighting and dieing for?

I remain a firm believer in the need for national defense and the sobering reality that war will sometimes visit itself upon us whether we want it or deserve it. However, I am utterly convinced Maybury is on to a way of thinking we would be fortunate to pursue as a nation--and without sacrificing our freedom.

Do yourself a favor and read this book. Even better--read it aloud with your children.

By the way--Maybury served in the US Air Force in covert operations...
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All of us know quite a lot about the actual battles of the World Wars. Practically all Americans have heard of the trench warfare that took place in WWI, the Holocaust, D-Day, Pearl Harbor, and that fateful first atomic bomb.

But how many of us understand what caused these tragic wars? How many understand the mistakes that were made that led up to these wars? Unfortunately, many of us don't. But, thankfully, Richard Maybury, who calls himself "Uncle Eric", has written books on these wars that attempt to answer these questions. While this book is about World War One, it is about much more than that particular conflict. Uncle Eric lays out the root causes of war, and reading this book will also aid in your understanding of many other wars.

In this book, Uncle Eric lists what he calls "The Ten Deadly Ideas That Lead to War." The list is as follows:

1. The Pax Romana
2. Fascism
3. Love of Political Power
4. Global Protection
5. Interests
6. Cost externalization
7. Manifest Destiny
8. The White Man's Burden (or Anglo Saxonism)
9. Alliance
10. The glory of war

At least a chapter is spent discussing each of these points. Uncle Eric then describes how these causes lead to World War One. Uncle Eric writes in a very readable, concise manner. This book is written with a younger audience in mind, but there is no reason why adults could not appreciate it.

Buy this book, and also buy its sequel - World War II: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today, 1930 to September 11, 2001 (Uncle Eric Book).
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As a father of 10, I found all of the series written by Richard Maybury to be incredibly valuable. I have asked one of my college enrolled boys to take a semester off to read, discuss and digest what Maybury has to say. My high schoolers and middle-schoolers will read the series prior to coursework at their levels. These books should be required reading in our schools and many of our present problems might begin to correct themselves. Fat chance of that happening though as the public (government controlled) schools don't endorse these views. What a sad shame for America.
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