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Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath

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Herbert Hoover's "magnum opus"at last published nearly fifty years after its completionoffers a revisionist reexamination of World War II and its cold war aftermath and a sweeping indictment of the "lost statesmanship" of Franklin Roosevelt. Hoover offers his frank evaluation of Roosevelt's foreign policies before Pearl Harbor and policies during the war, as well as an exa ...more
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Published November 1st 2011 by Hoover Institution Press (first published July 15th 2011)
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Perry Andrus
Dec 11, 2012 Perry Andrus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a very entertaining book. While Hoover presents his case that war never should have come to the USA, some of his writing is rather deceptive.

Ch 41 really bother me. Hoover mentions Pearl Harbor, the date the USA declared war on Japan and the date the USA declared war on Germany. But he left out a key date, Germany declared war on the USA before we declared war on Germany. He also presents counts for Allied naval ships sunk by July 1942 yet there is NO mention of Midway and he says the J
Feb 23, 2016 Bob rated it really liked it
A well written book that remained hidden in Hoover's Library for almost 50 years. I'm not sure why Hoover spent so many years writing something that he didn't want read. I'm not sure I agree with Hoover that if we had stayed out of the war, Germany would have only moved East and avoided a western war with England and France. Hitler, I believe wanted all of Europe.
Nathan Kitzke
Jan 09, 2015 Nathan Kitzke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this book. It is the memoirs of Herbert Hoover. In the book, he covers another side to the events leading up to World War II and our nation's time throughout the 1940s and early 1950s. It is remarkable to note the spread of communism detailed within the book from before WWII to the end of the Korean War. It also addresses the relationships and meetings between FDR, Churchill, Stalin, and Chiang Kai-shek. It discusses the many charters that we created to thwart the Nazi party a ...more
Mike Smith
Sep 19, 2015 Mike Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I read about a 1/3 of this book a couple of years ago. Hoover does not give much background to World War II he dives right into his analysis. I picked this book up after having a broader knowledge of World War II and its causes and was able to quickly digest it. Hoover's premise is that FDR's statesmanship not only entered us into a unnecessary war but allying with the Soviet Union was the wrong thing to do. Hoover puts forth the idea that the US should have stayed out of the European War and l ...more
Apr 01, 2012 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If you want an alternate (revisionist) view of the run up to WWII, and the debris that came in its wake, you'll find this book worth the effort -- if only to get Hoover's take on things, circa the early '60's.

Hoover was raised a Quaker, and his anti-war instincts serve him well in this, his magnum opus (the term he used to described this effort). The book is meant to supply 11 theses (from document 8 in the appendix):

1. War between Germany and Russia was inevitable.
2. Hitler's attack on Western
Aug 28, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is a tome! I highly doubt I will finish this book, but I'll still learn a great deal. I'm very interested in Hoover because he seems a mysterious figure, not much is known about him, but I've already learned that after his presidency he was very involved in public life and heartily disapproved of Roosevelt's policies. He was also great friends with Rose Wilder Lane and discussed politics for several decades. Because of this relationship her papers are kept with his at the Hoover Librar ...more
Mar 18, 2015 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A long time goal of the communist is to infiltrate the education system. Read this book and ask why you were never taught the context of events that led up to what we know as WWII. The proof is in the outcome. The war was fought in defense of communism. The cost was born by taxpayers of the United States. Hoover lays it out how it all happened.
Jan 03, 2012 Jon marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness, why does it cost so much?!!! Lot's of money for a book that was written 50 years ago.

Written by Hoover himself.

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George H. Nash is an independent scholar, historian, and lecturer, with specialties in twentieth century American political and intellectual history. A summa cum laude graduate of Amherst College, he received his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in 1973. He speaks and writes frequently about the history and present direction of American conservatism, the life of Herbert Hoover, and other s ...more
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