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Unpatriotic History of the Second World War by [Hartfield, James]
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About the Author

James Heartfield has worked as a journalist, for a television company, as a lecturer and editor. He wrote 'The 'Death of the Subject' Explained' (2006) and 'The Aborigines' Protection Society' (2011). James lives in North London with his wife and two daughters.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3314 KB
  • Print Length: 566 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780993781
  • Publisher: John Hunt Publishing (28 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ODXJ84
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #335,001 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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.

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".
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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.Read more ›
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I started off full of enthusiasm, eager for the new perspective. First thing to say however is that I have never read a book with so many proof-reading mistakes (fault of the publishers) or simply so many ungrammatical sentences, many that do not make sense (fault of the author).
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.
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