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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and enlightening
I personally found this book to be a revealing insight into some of the less obvious reasons and consequences of the second world war. From the fatal castration of the left in the west to the exploitation of nationalism and self determination in the colonies, Hartfield has presented a well reasoned argument for the examination of some of the darker motives of the victors...
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10 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Naive and Primitive
While the book is interesting because it tells about the less-than-heroic deeds by allied forces and commanders during the Second World War, it is extremely naive and primitive in it's vain attempt to fit world history into a mould defined solely by the supposed one-dimensional struggle between capitalism and socialism, as represented by business owners and workers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and enlightening, 12 Dec 2013
This review is from: Unpatriotic History of the Second World War (Kindle Edition)
I personally found this book to be a revealing insight into some of the less obvious reasons and consequences of the second world war. From the fatal castration of the left in the west to the exploitation of nationalism and self determination in the colonies, Hartfield has presented a well reasoned argument for the examination of some of the darker motives of the victors without ignoring or lessening the importance of the well known barbaric excesses which are already familiar to us all.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant account that challenges the many myths and orthodoxies that paint WW2 as a just war., 14 Nov 2012
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A. J. Cox "Andrew Cox" (London, N22) - See all my reviews
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A brilliant counter to all the propaganda that still portrays the Second World War as a 'just war'. Heartfield shows us that WW2 was far from just and was a war between imperial powers that subjugated ordinary people to a brutal conflict that was not inevitable. The war gave vent to much ugly racial ideology not just on the part of Nazi Germany, but also the allied colonial powers: Churchill's racist comments about the Chinese and Indians, whom the UK was supposedly fighting on behalf of, expose the ugliness of class and imperial interests. Before we bring up the Holocaust, it is worth pointing out that in 1942 Britain adopted a policy of starving its imperial Bengali subjects into submission by destroying paddy fields. This was a war between elites and not the 'people's war' as often portrayed in many popular, post-war accounts. It is interesting how the senseless carnage of the First World War is often juxtaposed with WW2 to imply that the latter conflict was a morally just war. There was much senseless carnage in WW2, not just the ruthless slaughter of European Jewry by the Nazis, but also there were many unnecessary atrocities against the axis powers too: the comprehensive bombings of Hamburg and Dresden, which were displays of military might that killed many civilians with the intention of demoralising and degrading ordinary Germans; the use of nuclear bombs for the same effect against the Japanese at Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the very end of the war. Heartfield also shatters the myth that the atomic bombings of Japan were necessary to save lives because of another myth that the Japanese did not believe in surrender - they had already been suing for peace 6 months in advance of Hiroshima. Not all axis soldiers were 'willing executioners' either, another myth propagated to demonise Germany and Japan's war atrocities while glossing over allied brutality such as the attacks on Dresden, which did not really come to light till 20 years after the war. The Second World War was a conflict that got out of hand with really disastrous consequences for ordinary people, and this book cuts through so much of the fog around this conflict and dares to challenge the uncritical orthodoxy, cum codswallop, that portrays a grotesque theatre of imperial carnage as a war for the freedoms we supposedly enjoy today. Brilliant book, which I recommend everyone to read.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent revisionist history, 13 April 2013
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Shaun Wilde (Midlands, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Unpatriotic History of the Second World War (Kindle Edition)
I have always been suspicious about government motives for going to war, and history books often now offer an honest account of many of them which contrasts strongly with the xenophobic jingoism that gripped nations at the time. The Crimean War, WWI, Suez, Vietnam, Korea all have a strongly critical analysis available.
For some reason, however, WWII has seemingly evaded such scrutiny... until now.
This book lays bare the almost incomprehensible cost of the war, not only in lives, but in industrial production. It reveals that, as bloody usual, the working class paid the price, either at the front or in the mines, factories and on the land whilst the rich enjoyed sumptuous meals off the ration in exclusive restaurants. Profiteering by corporations was rife in all the warring countries.
The book also challenges the widely held assumption that the allies fought fascism for altruistic reasons. A few countervailing facts are that Churchill sympathised with Mussolini, the colonies were subjected to appalling suffering to feed the European war effort and the Japanese probably fought with such fanaticism because the United States had made no provision for accommodating prisoners and simply executed them by the thousand. And they knew that.
James Hartfield asks if Hitler's policy of lebensraum was so very different to the United States, which had exterminated the native population of the Americas? Was it so different to the British, who conquered vast tracts of the world and ruled with great brutality, starving millions to death in Bengal when it suited Churchill's purposes? Were the motives of the protagonists so very different? The answer is probably not. This is evidenced by the fact that, at the end of the war, all popular working-class movements were crushed by the victorious powers if they posed any threat to the resumption of empire.
This book has certainly changed my view.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent information - flawed grammer., 21 Nov 2013
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An excellent, but disturbing book. The book was marred by not being properly proof-read - the grammatical mistakes confused the reading of it.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable truths about the Allies role in WWII, 26 Jun 2013
The big problem with scholarship & scholars in general is that they have mostly been schooled in elite institutions & in the process have gained a proven track record of subservience to power.

Meaning that the great majority of people who write the history books are about as likely to be as unbiased & honest in their accounts of State as journalists & politicians are in theirs.

The problem with the myths that we are sold about Britain & America's role in the world (past & present) is that they just don't make sense, unless one is prepared to accept the most two dimensional cartoonistic notion that "we" are the good guys & "they" are/were the bad.

This book, however -as the title suggests- doesn't just regurgitate the oft told myths.

Only a free thinker with a truly independent mind would be open to the alternative interpretation of events contained in this book. Those wanting more self-serving narratives of how "good" we are & have been in the past should just stick to mainstream histories.
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7 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars war; what is it good for?, 8 Nov 2012
This review is from: Unpatriotic History of the Second World War (Kindle Edition)
How does something so barbaric as a bloody war come to be the source of proud or even warm remembrance.
Perhaps because the war we "remember" it's not the war we fought. Heartfield shatters the mythology and leaves me wondering if there's now something more human to be proud than global cabbage.
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10 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Naive and Primitive, 26 Jan 2013
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While the book is interesting because it tells about the less-than-heroic deeds by allied forces and commanders during the Second World War, it is extremely naive and primitive in it's vain attempt to fit world history into a mould defined solely by the supposed one-dimensional struggle between capitalism and socialism, as represented by business owners and workers.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars interisting but oh so infuriating, 20 Sep 2013
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ian (hereford uk) - See all my reviews
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a little bit of proof reading and it would have flowed so much better:

the ideology of antisemitism was [] idiological... come on !

and as for the Schoolboy errors ...

Since when where the BUF interned in Peel camp on the Isle of Wight ? ... The Isle of Man perhaps
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7 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Usual Trotskyist pro-fascist lies, 5 Mar 2013
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William Podmore (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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The author claims that WW2 was an imperialist war. Was the Soviet Union's war against Nazi aggression just another act of imperialist aggression? Were countries' defences against Axis attacks just another form of imperialism?
Trotskyists assisted the Axis by smearing the Allies as just as bad as the Axis powers. This book is just another revelation of Trotskyists' treason and defeatism.
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