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Churchill, Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War": How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World
 
 

Churchill, Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War": How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World [Kindle Edition]

Patrick J. Buchanan
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Were World Wars I and II—which can now be seen as a thirty-year paroxysm of slaughter and destruction—inevitable? Were they necessary wars? Were the bloodiest and most devastating conflicts ever suffered by mankind fated by forces beyond men’s control? Or were they products of calamitous failures of judgment? In this monumental and provocative history, Patrick Buchanan makes the case that, if not for the blunders of British statesmen—Winston Churchill first among them—the horrors of two world wars and the Holocaust might have been avoided and the British Empire might never have collapsed into ruins. Half a century of murderous oppression of scores of millions under the iron boot of Communist tyranny might never have happened, and Europe’s central role in world affairs might have been sustained for many generations.

Among the British and Churchillian blunders were:

• The secret decision of a tiny cabal in the inner Cabinet in 1906 to take Britain straight to war against Germany, should she invade France
• The vengeful Treaty of Versailles that muti- lated Germany, leaving her bitter, betrayed, and receptive to the appeal of Adolf Hitler
• Britain’s capitulation, at Churchill’s urging, to American pressure to sever the Anglo- Japanese alliance, insulting and isolating Japan, pushing her onto the path of militarism and conquest
• The 1935 sanctions that drove Italy straight into the Axis with Hitler
• The greatest blunder in British history: the unsolicited war guarantee to Poland of March 1939—that guaranteed the Second World War
• Churchill’s astonishing blindness to Stalin’s true ambitions.

Certain to create controversy and spirited argument, Churchill, Hitler, and “The Unnecessary War” is a grand and bold insight into the historic failures of judgment that ended centuries of European rule and guaranteed a future no one who lived in that vanished world could ever have envisioned.


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PATRICK J. BUCHANAN was a senior adviser to three American presidents; ran twice for the Republican presidential nomination, in 1992 and 1996; and was the Reform Party candidate in 2000. He is the author of nine other books, including the bestsellers Right from the Beginning; A Republic, Not an Empire; The Death of the West; State of Emergency; and Day of Reckoning. He is now a senior political analyst for MSNBC.

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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard 3 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
Hard reading for a Brit raised on The Battle of Britain, Airix models, the Victor comic and Commando comic books. I later learnt of the deliberate starvation of Germany after the Armistice, The injustices of Versailles, the vacillations of the West in the thirties and the colossal sacrifice of the Soviets.

However there was much in the book I was ignorant of. Does anyone fully understand the causes of WW1? How about Britain's staunch pre-war ally Japan? Danzig? the political situation in Poland and central Europe between the wars?

Pat Buchanan's political views make me wince but I can't fault his reasearch and am concerned that his forebodings for the West may be prescient. On finishing the book our current flounderings do seem oddly familiar.

If you have an open mind this is a jolly good thought-provoking read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars (Guilty confession) I like this Buchanan guy! 12 Dec 2013
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In Steven Fry's novel on history, Making History, one of the characters slags off the supposed cleverness of historians by pointing out that a guy with a PhD in history isn't the same as a guy with a PhD in physics. In other words, anybody can get a degree in history. This is very true, tho I doubt people with history degrees will agree!
So when reviewers on Amazon slag this book off by saying that the great Neil Ferguson disagrees or Neil Ferguson is more qualified and so we should all pay heed, I always remember that Steven Fry novel.

Don't get me wrong, I like Neil Ferguson, he's one of the good guys, but he is only a career historian and if any (clever) person can do history, as Steven Fry claims, then a career historian has his uses, just like a career politician has his uses, but you would never trust a career politician to tell you the truth, or even to be original or just step outside the bubble, because they have a job to keep and a mortgage to pay. The same reasoning applies to historians.

A talented guy, very similar to Pat Buchanan, who I got the career politician idea from is the left-wing Scottish politician, George Galloway. Galloway was always criticising career politicians on his radio show. And like Pat Buchanan, Galloway is one such politicians who has many careers outside the bubble of politics, this gives him income from other sources and so he is free speak his mind. This freedom shows every time Galloway's on a debating panel, as he moves the career idiots aside easily.

Pat Buchanan reminds me of Galloway alot, tho they are miles apart ideologically, they cover similar topics (I'm more a Galloway fan. In fact, Galloway also claims that Winston Churchill was a dodgy character.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent commentary on the history 31 Dec 2012
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Mr. Buchanan gives a rather pedestrian history of the run up to the First World War, but this is made up for by his analysis of the period between the wars and the slide into the Second World War. His analysis is cogent and lucid. It is written in easily readable language and provides insights which many other histories have managed to omit.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener 10 Dec 2012
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Like most people born in the post war years I grew up on a diet of Churchill the Great Hero. I bought the book after a German contemporary asked me, "Why did Churchill keep bombing our cities when we had so clearly lost the war". I thought the answer was that Hitler had refused to surrender, but then I started to think about this more deeply. Although I do not share the politics of Patrick Buchanan and thus read his book with caution, the contents were an eye opener. He gives not only his own views but those of other well established historians to make his case. I would recommend this to anyone who would like to hear an alternative view.
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Great Civil War of the West 16 Oct 2009
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This work combines meticulous historical research with Pat Buchanan's political agenda. The point of the book is that Winston Churchill, rather than being the indispensable Man of the Century and defender of the West was the man most responsible for the British involvement in World War I, World War II and the loss of the British Empire?

Buchanan highlights three monumental errors which lead to the Twentieth Century's Civil War of the West: The Treaty of Versailles which left Germany vengeful and receptive to Hitler's message, American pressure on Britain to abandon its alliance with Japan and Britain's war guarantee to Poland in 1939. Without those errors World War II may have been avoided or its destruction mitigated.

Buchanan challenges the conventional wisdom that German aggression against the West was inevitable and that Churchill alone focused the attention of the West on this mortal threat. He posits the idea that Hitler's ambitions were focused to the East and Southeast and that he tried to preserve the peace with Britain and France. Buchanan claims that Hitler reluctantly turned on the West only after it had declared war on Germany.

In contrast to many of our histories which present the story of the World Wars from the Anglo-Franco perspective, this one also includes the German one also. Buchanan makes the case that, as Europe tumbled toward war in 1914, it was the Kaiser who worked tirelessly to avoid war. Time after time during the inter-war years the West let opportunities to limit rising power of German or to channel its destructive path away from the West drift by. He proposes that Hitler did not have ambitions to conquer the world, but that he would have been satisfied to expand into Russia and leave the west alone.
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1.0 out of 5 stars a racist tract
The blurb does not describe the book.
At the outset J. Buchanan sets out his coloured opinion on non-whites. Read more
Published 2 months ago by TR
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Pat Buchanan is not afraid to overturn some orthodox opinions on WW2 and would have court Historians accusing him of Historical Heresy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jim hunter
1.0 out of 5 stars Speculations
This is not the way to treat a historical subject.
A mixture of plain wrong facts - Hitler participated i WW I for 4 years - to What if.....speculations. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Claes Nielsen
1.0 out of 5 stars Biased Bigotry is alive and well
A historian should try and at least look at all of the evidence available and come to a conclusion that takes the facts into account. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. Geoffrey Noble
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written but not so sure about the arguement
This is a very well written revisionist history of the causes and consequences of the second world war. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Full marks for Buchanan!
Every once in a while you read a book that opens your eyes to all the one sided nonsense that conventional historians, well aware of what enhances their careers, write in textbooks... Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2011 by Marcus Laver
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
A bit of an eye opener.

Churchill does not come out of this book with much credibility , not at all - a war criminal as well as a war monger. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2011 by KT
1.0 out of 5 stars energetic but ultimately not convincing
This is a revisionist polemic rather than a balanced work of historical research. Buchanan begins with a premise and then doggedly and relentlessly sets out to prove it,... Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2010 by brenlyons
4.0 out of 5 stars The Low-Down on War
Although he does his best to be fair I felt Buchanan was probably no friend of Churchill or Britain. Read more
Published on 30 May 2010 by John Holland
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Every European war is a civil war, said Napoleon. Historians will look back on 1914–1918 and 1939–1945 as two phases of the Great Civil War of the West, where the once-Christian nations of Europe fell upon one another with such savage abandon they brought down all their empires, brought an end to centuries of Western rule, and advanced the death of their civilization. &quote;
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