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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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About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2357 KB
  • Print Length: 546 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307405168
  • Publisher: Crown (27 May 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0011UGM3W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 6 Nov. 2014
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History is often said to be written by the winners. The reality is far murkier. It's more often a string of facts-at best-moulded by the writers own prejudices, opinions and narrative. It mostly ignores the effect of the collective mind of of the people and how those who should be wiser are equally drawn to make erroneous decisions through the same contagion and not in spite of it.

Buchanan Is clearly aware the effect the crowd and strong myth has on the decisions of statesman, although he often resorts to today's tabloid style expose headlines to express opinion rather than sticking to dry forensic analysis and logic. However this does not detract from the work itself because the questions he poses provoke the reader to examine those decisions and myths that continue to effect how we see the world today.

What really struck me was just how easily we lead ourselves into the barbarous conflict and the process by which this becomes an inevitability. Even with millions dead and Europe in total ruin it's almost easy to convince ourselves there were winners and losers. Buchanan shows that there are only losers and yet those who are revered today as saviours and heroes-who had sort fame on the glorious field of battle-do themselves conclude the price was not worth the transient moment of joy of that fame.

We should all learn the lessons that this book provides. That those we promote to lead us are as fallible as we are. They cannot make 'better' decisions despite education, intelligence and character. Indeed they seem hell bent on violent destruction and are poised to indulge their whims in the rosy glow of public opinion. They are ring masters giving the crowd what it wants and we promoted them into those positions to provide that service.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard 3 Sept. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very thought provoking 9 Nov. 2014
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I've read this twice now, the first time I enjoyed it so much I failed to take notes. It's a very enjoyable read, and contains a high proportion of thinking-to-writing from the author. I was a big Churchill fan and read Roy Jenkins on Churchill and Buchanan has succeeded in, without really saying anything Jenkins didn't say, convincing me otherwise in a quite fresh take on the events surrounding these wars.
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Only America profited from WW2. She emerged as global super-power following the unnecessary destruction and civil war among European nations. England lost her wealth, navy and colonies. Had Colonel Beck of Poland only returned the 2 million Germans living in Danzig to Hitler, the needless war could have been avoided, states Irving.
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7 of 8 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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11 of 13 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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Absolutely fascinating, no holds barred, arguments for anyone who doesn't like the stereotypical perception we are normally fed. Will suit those who have been suspicious of the standard line we normally call history..
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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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