Historian Otto Scott spoke with RJ Rushdoony in 1990 about this book: "This is one of those remarkable works in which everything worked. Most writers...moreHistorian Otto Scott spoke with RJ Rushdoony in 1990 about this book: "This is one of those remarkable works in which everything worked. Most writers have this. They have one book in which everything works. And this is Fussell’s. I think it was his first. He is talking about World War I. And he began by examining the poetry of Hardy and others before the war. And, of course, you recall that what happened?
[Rushdoony] When was it written? [Scott] Well, part... 1975. [Rushdoony] I... I must have read it. [Scott] You... you... you must... you must have the book. Well, he talks... and he did. He exhumed it, a number of Hardy’s poems in which the sense of the grave was almost overt, funereal in tone. And then, of course, you have that whole generation that came into maturity around 1914 which felt that all European culture was decayed, was static. It was old. It was mustache Pete as the mafia said. It was the result of, to an extent, the unremitting reign of criticism that burst upon Europe...
[Scott] ...when the ghettos roles were fallen and in which all European culture exposed to brand new... brand new eyes, suddenly began to seem baroque, useless, ancient and so forth. So then the war and he does a magnificent job in depicting the bloodiness of the war in the West, particularly, the trench warfare, the hopelessness of it, the expense in terms of bodies and people. And the disillusion in the middle of the of the war that all the classic wars ranging all the way back to the Romans, everything that had ever been held to make men appear heroic and, in fact, men are heroic in war. They are sacrificing their lives. They are risking their lives. They are saving their comrades. They are obeying the commanders. And yet all of this in the middle of the experience when the general officers and the staff officers were in chateaus and dining off elegant tables with clean linen and so forth and the men of the trenches broke the whole mystique of the European culture.
Do you realize that since then we have hardly known what to fight for? One of the worst experiences of my life in World War II, coming back to the United States from the Pacific, the war was over and we were on a ... we were on a liberty ship which had served as a troop carrier or something and we brought back fellows on this emergency leave they called it because somebody was dying at home and all that. Of course, putting them on a liberty ship was ridiculous, because it took months to get across the Pacific. [00:39:33] I talked to all the soldiers and none of them know
I talked to all the soldiers and none of them know why they were fighting. They all felt that they were being persecuted. Someone, somewhere had done them dirty because they had had to go to war while other men they knew stayed at home and made money. It was terrible. It was awful. World War I they went in with a different period, but Paul Fussell in that book portrays the experience and the disillusion in an unforgettable way."(less)
"Instead of making our theological seminaries merely centres of religious emotion, we shall make them battlegrounds of the faith, where, helped a litt...more"Instead of making our theological seminaries merely centres of religious emotion, we shall make them battlegrounds of the faith, where, helped a little by the experience of Christian teachers, men are taught to fight their own battle, where they come to appreciate the real strength of the adversary and in the hard school of intellectual struggle learn to substitute for the unthinking faith of childhood the profound convictions of full-grown men." -J. Gresham Machen (1913)
When the stakes are not considered high, few people enjoy a fight. Few approve of a fighter. Machen was a fighter. What doomed him was his era. The theology of religious pluralism had been adopted by mainline American Protestantism by 1925. The Unitarianism of the public schools had been imparted to generations of students, who had learned their lessons well. Bryan's humiliation in Tennessee had hastened the process. Nevertheless, Machen called Princeton students to volunteer for a fight in a 1929 sermon.
"Paul was a great fighter because he was at peace. He who said, "Fight the good fight of faith," spoke also of "the peace of God which passeth all understanding"; and in that peace the sinews of his war were found. He fought against the enemies that were without because he was at peace within; there was an inner sanctuary in his life that no enemy could disturb. There, my friends, is the great central truth."
By then, his was visibly a lost cause at Princeton. There are few volunteers for lost causes. Machen was not a great hater; he was a great fighter. He was a gentleman who would slice an enemy from throat to groin theologically, but who seemed to bear no personal animosity toward his decimated target. He was like a prosecuting attorney who does not hate the defendant, but dearly wants to see him convicted for crimes committed. Understandably, the ecclesiastical kidnappers who had been caught in the act were not going to oblige him by giving him added jurisdiction: a full professorship in apologetics. He was dangerous enough in the Department of New Testament. pages 582, 607-608(less)
Scott Berg Recently published autobiography of one of America's greatest sons. He was a hero from the time of his historic solo trans-Atlantic flight from New York to Paris up to the moment he decided to intervene in Jewish plans to enlist America's support in a war against National Socialist Germany. Charles Lindbergh was an admirer of Hitler and his regime and although not an overt racialist, felt that another world war would spell disaster for the White race worldwide.
This story details his fall off the pedestal of being America's greatest hero to being demonized in the Jewish press as a Nazi supporter simply because he felt there was no good reason for a war between America and Germany and for taking to task the most powerful warmongers in the land including President Franklin Roosevelt.
And, of course, the author details, the history of the Lindbergh family and life of"Lucky Lindy" from his early "barnstorming" days of pioneering aviation to the famous baby Lindbergh kidnapping case and his varied accomplishments as a respected scientist and "Father of American Commercial Aviation". His life closes with his infinitely detailed plans for his own death.
A definitive account of one of America's most remarkable men. The author was the first researcher to be allowed access to the Lindbergh private family library. A must read. Lots of photographs. Large book with dust jacket