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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Bettie | 2/11/2014

    " The tone didn't match my expectations. "

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