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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (297 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick J. Buchanan Narrator: Don Leslie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781415954812
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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 man’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 vengeful Treaty of Versailles that mutilated 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 • The greatest blunder in British history: the unsolicited war guarantee to Poland of March 1939–that guaranteed the Second World War
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 that no one who lived in that vanished world could ever have envisioned.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald | 2/17/2014

    " Finally, someone calls out Churchill's warmongering. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Benge | 2/17/2014

    " Not a great historian, to be expected as he isn't professionally, appears to have very little original ideas. However, due to this he relies very much on quoting and paraphrasing the arguments of other historians, who he names whilst he is doing so, which makes the book a really good resource, I found, for historiography of the topic. I also liked how Buchanan was not afraid to include more "out there" ideas on appeasement and Hitler amongst your traditional arguments. Solid. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Flob | 2/14/2014

    " So when was the necessary war? Well there were mistakes that is certain. And with hindsight things should have been done differently and the century ended up being pretty messed up. This book lays too much of the blame onto Britain and you must wonder at the author's prejudice. About half way through the book you start to feel sorry for poor old misunderstood Hitler. The author hates the thought but the Nazi's had to be stopped. Stalin could not have done this alone, almost certainly Russia would have fallen. (You can't help feeling that the author would have preferred a world with the nazis threatening rather than the soviets - and what technology could the nazis have developed, what rockets, what planes?) After the collapse of Russia Hitler would have neutralized Britain by force or threat. It was crazy, courageous and necessary that Britain stood alone and only Churchill made that possible. The USA waited and then came out of it as the victors. Britain was one of the many losers. That much is true. The difficulty I had was to put aside my own beliefs here. I acknowledge many of the facts. But in the end the analysis is all badly wrong. So I'd advise those who were convinced by this to search the web and read some of the criticisms of this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bettie | 2/11/2014

    " The tone didn't match my expectations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bradley | 2/6/2014

    " A great read for anyone interested in history or international relations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas Walsh | 1/13/2014

    " Patrick Buchanan does a masterful job of defending a generally unpopular point of view about World War II and why we fought it. Placing his command of the facts of History up against the widly held myths we cling to; he convincingly makes his case to those who are willing to be intillectually honest. The only fly in the ointment is that he gets bogged down in the very detail that makes his case. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 1/5/2014

    " very good read with many interesting ideas... i wish Mr. Buchanan would stick with what he knows (history) and hold his hateful intolerant commentary as a 'pundit' to himself... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vincent | 1/4/2014

    " Excellently argued book a real eye opener "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/28/2013

    " great book, i always liked pat buchanan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 6/25/2013

    " If you love history and politics,pick this book up.When you're done you'll probably say History does repeat itself "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Sharp | 6/24/2013

    " Pretty good read. A nice take on the two world wars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Heard | 5/1/2013

    " This is a must read for anyone interested in ww2. It's amazing when you run across a book that opens up your mind and turns preconceived notions on their head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karey White | 9/28/2012

    " I learned a lot from this book about both world wars and some of the key players. Easy to read, clearly written. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 7/14/2012

    " This shook my world. Definitely the red pill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey | 2/16/2012

    " I may disagree w/ Buchanan on many topics, but he is pretty good on foreign policy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 7/28/2011

    " Wow. basically lays the blame for for WWI and the rise of Hitler at Churchill's feet. Excellent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 5/31/2011

    " Another book about WWII, and how war mongers (Churchill, Roosevelt, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini) were all bad guys in the march toward an avoidable war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelo P. | 3/9/2011

    " Thats book was really just intresting and i liked it very much. It explained how Britian lost it's empire and how dipolimatic blunders brought down the worlds biggest empire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 2/27/2011

    " Very good. Shows Churchill as he really was, rather than the savior of Britain "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karey | 2/3/2011

    " I learned a lot from this book about both world wars and some of the key players. Easy to read, clearly written. I enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ava | 2/16/2010

    " I never got past the introduction The warped, patriotic partisan view was so sickening. I hope Pat Buchanan dies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brennan | 11/11/2009

    " This book provides an alternative view of the historical events buiding up to WWII. You won't see this tought in history class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ludi Magister | 8/25/2009

    " Ah, yes....The treaty of Versailles was a disaster for the western world and has lead to our decline. Churchill's shortsightedness was much to blame for both world wars, so the author contends.
    Buchanan sees Bush as having made many of the same foreign policy mistakes as Churchill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 3/30/2009

    " A vivid view of WWII from a decidedly alternative viewpoint that describes, in great detail, the blunders that Britain made that led us inexorably towards the great clash of civilizations that was WWII. Great read. "

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About the Author
Author Patrick J. Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchan, a senior advisor to three American presidents, ran twice for the Republican nomination for president in 1992 and 1996, and was the Reform Party’s presidential candidate in 2000. The author of five other books, including the bestseller A Republic, Not an Empire, he is a syndicated columnist and a founding member of three of America’s foremost public affairs shows: NBC’s The McLaughlin Group, CNN’s The Capitol Gang, and Crossfire.

About the Narrator

Don Leslie has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theaters throughout the country. He has been heard in thousands of commercials, promos for all the broadcast networks and most cable stations, political campaigns, movie trailers, and over fifty audiobooks.