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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Complete and utter tosh from start to finish. Very poorly written, the author obviously has an agenda and has written the book to fit that agenda. Read morePublished 13 months ago by D. K. Bainbridge
An outstanding assessment of the Second World War that reveals the ideologies and economic drivers underpinning its development and subsequent analysis. Read morePublished 24 months ago 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
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