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His starting point - "The ideology of the Good War was manufactured from the outset by radicals" It's very odd that nearly all commentators were radical. In fact, all of them.
"The death toll of 60 million...suggests that this was a war against the people". The book is riddled with gems like this with no analysis or referencing, just sweeping statements that are basically personal opinions.
Perhaps this little beauty sums up the perverted logic at play here and gives you a flavour of where the author stands:
"The extermination of six million Jews at the hands of the German authorities....was an act of unparalleled barbarism. But sadly the massacre of defenceless citizens was not unique, but common to all the participants. What is more, racial purification and racial oppression were means the Nazis copied from the Americans and the British Empire".
So, there you have it. "Unparalleled" in one sentence, "copied" from the Americans and British the next. No distinction is attempted between the Allies and the Axis powers - they are basically the same.
Here is perhaps the most ludicrous statement - and there is plenty of competition for that:
"The Second World War was a class war. It was a war were the governing elite lorded over those who worked in factories and fields. In 1939 the capitalist elite had run out of answers, and lived in fear of the great mass of working people that made their millions. Their solution was to get one half of the working class to kill the other half. The elite said "obey us, or join the enemy".Read more ›
P91 - In 1924 the Johnson-Reed immigration act, which imposed quotas based upon the 1890 census of the ideal proportions of 'Nordic' races and Southern and Eastern European immigrants (around two percent). Er?
Numerous instances where condemned prisoners were "hung" instead of correctly "hanged", and enemies "sunk" each other's ships instead of "sank".
I think if we are being asked to pay top dollar for a new book the least we can expect is that it is correctly written, spelled properly and actually makes sense.
As for the content, I nearly gave up at this point on page 107 "To make them follow orders without asking why, armies had training." (Honestly! I paid £15 for this?)
I am even closer to capitulation with this from page 132. "Britain and Germany continued to avoid direct engagement on each other's territory until 1944, when Britain invaded the continent, on the way to the German frontier. Before then, British and German forces carried on their war in other people's countries." (Britain invaded the continent??)
There are dozens of such examples. Mostly I can see where the author is coming from, and I'm aware that it's a revisionist book, but the conclusions Mr Heartfield draws from his evidence often seem completely unjustified or at least highly selective. The book is so badly written that the arguments lose most of their force. I wanted to believe in a new perspective but disappointingly the book is not remotely convincing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An outstanding assessment of the Second World War that reveals the ideologies and economic drivers underpinning its development and subsequent analysis. Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2015 by S Montgomery
Good read. It could be better edited, as there are a number of errors and type-o's. Thought a proofreader would have noticed the errors before going to print... : (Published on 16 Feb. 2015 by J. Griffiths
Good alternative history - makes one rethink A level history.Published on 19 Sept. 2014 by Bookmuncher
An excellent, but disturbing book. The book was marred by not being properly proof-read - the grammatical mistakes confused the reading of it.Published on 21 Nov. 2013 by Alan Frame
a little bit of proof reading and it would have flowed so much better:
the ideology of antisemitism was  idiological... come on ! Read more
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... Read morePublished on 26 Jun. 2013 by Operation Washtub
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... Read morePublished on 13 April 2013 by Shaun Wilde
The author claims that WW2 was an imperialist war. Was the Soviet Union's war against Nazi aggression just another act of imperialist aggression? Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2013 by William Podmore