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A Century of War - Lincoln, Wilson, & Roosevelt

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  14 reviews
John Denson, in a book that covers the history of America's large wars from 1860 through the Cold War, describes the twentieth century was the bloodiest in all history—not coincidentally a century of statism.

More than 170 million people were killed by governments with 10 million having been killed in World War I and 50 million killed in World II. Of the 50 million killed i
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Published June 16th 2006 by Ludwig von Mises Institute (first published January 1st 2006)
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Aug 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
Looking at it from the perspective of a historian and a writer, it's poorly written. 99% of his citations are of other peoples works, not the original source material. What that means to me is that what I'm reading is at the bare minimum someone's interpretation of someone's interpretation of events, and there could be quite a few more additional someone's in between. That's not to say good history cannot refer to other people's work at all, but the amount is something I'd expect from a college ...more
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I finished this book a few minutes ago and I have to say that I really enjoyed it for these reasons:

1) It's very short, easy to read, less than 200 pages.

2) The author quotes many of the leading revisionist historians on the particular subjects. Many of them being involved in academia.

3) The author compares views with other prominent historians such as Arthur Schlesinger Jr., who also believed that Lincoln and Roosevelt set dangerous precedents. Though, John says that "He(Arthur) attempts to jus
Andrew Clark
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Although originally published in 2006, with the last few years’ agitation for war in Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iran, and now Ukraine, John Denson’s book, A Century of War: Lincoln, Wilson & Roosevelt, is as timely as ever for showing us the methods and lies politicians use as pretext for war.

The book is a combination of a lecture given at the Mises Institute and various articles published at or Although it is only a bit over 200 pages, it is packed full of revisionist h
Diogo Jesus
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read the german translation, a gift to me, a memory which I cherish, from a travel on the german coast of the Baltic sea.
This book has the advantage of shreding the idealism of a goodness and pureness of America which after and during Lincoln was abandoned (if not before)
The major sins of this one are the revisionism (which in itself is not that bad) and a sympathy to a Germany which of course should not be only scorned but should never forget an age and ideas which brought the worse of mankin
Michael Remington
Should be required in school

Condensed follow the dots history that exposes the historical facts which have shaped our world.
It’s a shame this book has been buried and little known.
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
"As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until wealth is aggregated into the hands of a few and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of the war." Speech given by Lincoln after the civil war.

Its been said that war is the healt
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
I found that the views expressed in the book were interesting but seeing as how the author tries to cover so much there was no room to delve deeper into the issues at hand. He also uses almost only secondary sources which I found a bit annoying as it showed how the author relied very much upon the opinion of others to prove his points.

All in all the analysis of the causes to both the american civil war, the first world war and the second were too shallow. The author often presupposes that the ge
Apr 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
I'll admit it, I couldn't get through this book. It was written by a conspiracy theorist who relied on third-hand accounts for his assertions that 20th century American history, as we accept it to be, is all propaganda of the State.

Bottom line, if you are an anti-war, blame the West "revisionist" (Yes, I said it. The author spends in inordinate amount of paper in the Intro trying to convince the reader that accepted history, as accounted for by multiple experts from multiple backgrounds, is not
Brendan Martin
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I greatly enjoyed reading this book. The author does a good job of taking in the whole picture of wars rather than just the approved stories behind them. Some reviewers have complained that he uses too many second hand sources. In my opinion this simply shows laziness. If something sounds outlandish to you, then track down the sources that the author clearly cites and decide for yourself if they are trustworthy. Simply writing this very important work off for that reason just proves that some pe ...more
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, non-fiction
In this book, John V. Denson compares Lincoln's entrance into the Civil War with Roosevelt's entrance into World War II. His thesis is that both men provoked their attacker so they would not be responsible for firing the first shot. This book is well documented and a great read for anyone trying to understand just why the Civil War broke out and why the United States entered into World War II.

"[T]he power of the presidency and the executive branch has led to deceit and corruption similar to the
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it
The ideas were thought provoking and interesting, but the writing style was rather casual and the author didn't really cite primary sources. I feel like many of his claims warrant more direct sources.
Jared Lovell
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great place to start researching the real causes of the Civil War, WWI and WWII. Denson does a great job exposing how Lincoln, Wilson and Roosevelt maneuvered their enemies into firing the first shot and leading the nation in to senseless unnecessary wars. Highly recommend!
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great book. Excellent reexamination of the way in which these presidents, often held up as heroes, colluded and deceived to bring the nation into needless and unwanted wars.
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A different perspective on the warmongering from Lincoln to FDR. Time for a sequel.
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