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Churchill, Hitler, and 'The Unnecessary War'

How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World
Lu par : Don Leslie
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Were World Wars I and II - which can now be seen as a 30-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 men'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 secret decision of a tiny cabal in the inner Cabinet in 1906 to take Britain straight to war against Germany, should she invade France
  • The vengeful Treaty of Versailles that muti-lated 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, pushing her onto the path of militarism and conquest
  • The 1935 sanctions that drove Italy straight into the Axis with Hitler
  • The greatest blunder in British history: the unsolicited war guarantee to Poland of March 1939 - that guaranteed the Second World War
  • Churchill's astonishing blindness to Stalin's true ambitions

    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 no one who lived in that vanished world could ever have envisioned.

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    • Benedict
    • 04/04/2009

    A classic of history books

    This book took quite some courage for me to listen to, because I am an admirer of Winston Churchill. And I simply was not looking forward to a tirade on Churchill, or tolerating another typical doggone liberal revisionist "history." I was born in Britain a long, long time ago, I should explain, so I have a deep prejudice in Winston's favor.

    Mr. Buchanan has written a kind of meta-analysis of World Wars I and II that should be a milestone history of the World Wars of the 20th century, where 50,000,000 people died. By meta-analysis, I mean he summarizes histories by, yes, Winston Churchill, Barbara Tuchman, AJP Taylor, George Kenon, and quotes Churchill's contemporaries so they do not seem quite the dolts that Churchill and his biographers characterize them as.

    In fact, if I were a history major again, I would never accept a professor who had not read this book and who claimed it was "nothing." Because this book shows that the history books on these wars were written upside down.

    I cannot begin to summarize this book (it has 1300 citations, by the way). But Churchill's part in these wars (understanding WW I got us WWII) began with a secret agreement to bring England to war in defense of France (so secret in fact that only Edward Grey knew of it on England's side). Winston usurped his own government's prerogative! (Sorry for the excitement.) To simplify, thus World War.

    This book is an eye opener. I recommend it. You might be shocked when you listen to/read this book. Read some of the reviews on Amazon.com.

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    • christymahon
    • 18/01/2010

    Churchill, Hitler etc

    A lengthy and modern discourse on the history of modern Europe leading into WW2. It is said that the victors of any war write the history as they want it remembered and certainly the allies did that after both world wars. Buchanan is prepared to contend with British propaganda and thank Heaven for that. However he does not go as far as he ought. He discusses causes in terms of political cowardice, dishonesty and hype but he fails to consider the imperatives of oil, economics and finance that interested Churchill. Nor does he question the role of Churchill and his allies in white anting Chamberlain and his accord with Hitler, making it impossible for the accord to work. There is still a great deal more history to be disclosed. Nevertheless, Buchanen gives us a good and wide ranging discussion that is very easy on the ear and enriches the stories we already know by his willingness to bark at sacred cows.

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    • RRN
    • 06/09/2018

    Correction not revision

    To be clear this is not a revisionist history. Instead Buchanan offers a needed correction to faulty perceptions on the Great War. He particularly targets the inflated views of Churchill. More could be said on the diplomatic failures, outrageous pride and terrible destruction of that era but Buchanan gives a very good start. The book is a bit redundant with some repeated phrasing - though this is not unwelcome when trying to remember historical detail. At first I found the narrator an unnatural fit for Buchanan's voice but I quickly became accustomed and conclude it was a good performance (though I would have welcomed the author reading). The book is easily accessible but well referenced. It is applicable not only as history but as cautionary tale, as we are want to go down similar paths.

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    • Jan
    • 01/05/2017

    Maybe... everyone should read or hear this

    If you could sum up Churchill, Hitler, and 'The Unnecessary War' in three words, what would they be?

    This book brings history of the 20th century in a new light! I think everyone should know what's in this book - maybe it's shocking?

    What about Don Leslie’s performance did you like?

    Well read, good intonation - easy to follow

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    • Vincent Castigliola
    • 17/12/2016

    A well written compelling analysis

    Buchanan recounts recent history from a perspective quite different from what I held for many years. Although I had long appreciated the sins of revanche there it much more to consider. He sets out facts and credible interpretations. I have both read and listed to the book and highly recommend both versions.

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    • Mike
    • 14/03/2016

    Great listen

    In a world polluted by conformity and party line this book sheds a different point of view on leaders and government. It is not for the faint of heart. At the least should create dissonance or worse.

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    • Michael Willner
    • 16/06/2009

    Good book well read

    I like contemporary history especially when the author uses letters and quotes from other historical figures close to the subject.

    This book is not only an interesting subject but the whole book is a setup for the last chapter that unfortunately explains how we are repeating the same mistakes made in earlier times by other governments.

    The reader is one of the best I have heard and communicates the book in a clear and pleasant manner.

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    • Jonnie
    • 22/09/2010

    Good history

    Well documented and interesting listen. It gives a different perspective on the causes and backgound of WW II.

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    • John N. Berg
    • 24/03/2019

    A Very Contrarian View of WWII

    Very thought provoking and I'm sure controversial. I think there are some very good points made such as the mistreatment of populations after the war and that England had no ability to save Poland. It's hard not to rejoice in the defeat of Nazi Germany though. I do love the idea of an alternate history where Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia (two evil empires) fight it out to exhaustion leaving the west free from the travesties of this war.

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    • Frank
    • 31/12/2018

    Excellent!

    Woven together in a way that requires more than a rudimentary knowledge of this era and the players. Buchanan makes a very detailed and compelling case. Buchanan fleshes out these well-known characters as the complex and flawed creatures they were, not their "statue" history that most people know and accept. Both Churchill and Chamberlain come alive as real humans living in the context of their times.

    Buchanan shows how the mistakes of WWI, brought about WWII and the Cold War and that there were opportunities to avert both conflagrations. Today, as the opportunities for peace after the fall of the Soviet Union fall away one-by-one, we have to wonder if we are not making similar mistakes.