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The Myth of the Good War: America in the Second World War, Revised Edition

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In the spirit of historians Howard Zinn, Gwynne Dyer, and Noam Chomsky, Jacques Pauwels focuses on the big picture. Like them, he seeks to find the real reasons for the actions of great powers and great leaders. Familiar Second World War figures from Adolf Hitler to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin are portrayed in a new light in this book. The decisions of Hitler ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published March 6th 2015 by Lorimer (first published January 1st 2000)
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May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Een marxistische tegengeschiedenis die boos maakt, zelfs bij deze al relatief belezen marxist. Met een ruim assortiment aan bronnen toont Pauwels aan hoe de interesses van de Amerikaanse heersende klasse over het algemeen netjes stroomlijnden met die van nazi-Duitsland, met uitzondering van de vier jaar waarin het overeind houden van broodwinner Groot-Brittannië, de handelsverhouding tot de Sovjet-Unie en het al te protectionistische nazi-beleid de überkapitalistische kolos in een confrontatie ...more
Randall Wallace
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A deep question the author immediately asks is “Why did US policymakers not eradicate all forms of fascism in Germany and elsewhere after 1945? Why did they choose to oppose the anti-fascists instead?” Great stuff inside: “Quite a few generals including Eisenhower, Marshall and Patton were just as convinced as the Nazi’s of the superiority of the white race.” Hoover wanted the Soviet Union “crushed” – but one should also know that Hoover had lost “extensive Russian oil holdings during the ...more
Pieter
Aug 29, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: geschiedenis
Eerst het positieve, het boek maakt komaf met de patriottisch-Angelsaksische literatuur die de Tweede Wereldoorlog voordoet als een strijd van goed tegen kwaad, van democratie tegen dictatuur. Dresden, Tokio, Nagasaki en Hiroshima zijn de schandvlekken die de geschiedenis nooit van het blazoen zal kunnen verwijderen.

Maar het boek stelt ernstig teleur door wat het verzwijgt. Hoe het verhaal van 1939-1945 vertellen zonder te beginnen bij de Eerste Wereldoorlog. Vele historici spreken al over de
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Kris
Dec 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great eyeopener. Takes some effort compared to the continuous eyecandy but gives a factbased view to counterbalance the heroic fiction. Sheds a sharper light on the PNAC and the current military operations that just go on and on even though no smoking gun was found.
Brooke
Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To have a clear understanding of WWII and our place in it, I highly suggest this book.
Ajay Palekar
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an earth-shattering conflict which has shaped our modern world order in every way imaginable. Yet, despite such important and the tremendous amount of scholarship and attention that this time in our history receives, far too few know virtually nothing about the true affairs that governed the Second World War.

As the US embarks on a "war on terrorism" that is more about resources and corporate profits than freedom. It is increasingly more difficult to accept the notion that World War 2,
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Fausto
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pauwels es parte de la nueva escuela de historiadores que rompe la elitesca historiografía y los paradigmas impuestos por la política norteamericana y aliados. Naturalmente se les tacha de «revisionistas» en un sentido peyorativo o con el fin de desprestigiarles. La obra, en efecto, está bien documentada y da una nueva perspectiva, ya manejada por algunos historiadores, de los intereses de Washington en la guerra y la cruzada contra la URSS. A fin de cuentas, es un buen libro y merece una ...more
Robin
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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