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Great Wars And Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The great historian of classical liberalism strips away the veneer of exalted leaders and beloved wars. Professor Ralph Raico shows them to be wolves in sheep's clothing and their wars as attacks on human liberty and human rights.

In the backdrop of this blistering and deeply insightful and scholarly history is the whitewashing of "great leaders" like Woodrow Wilson, Winsto
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Paperback, 246 pages
Published December 6th 2010 by Ludwig von Mises Institute (first published 2010)
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Michelle
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Very interesting. I expected a lot of this already, but the essay on Truman was particularly eye-opening for me. Clearly written, easy reading for serious historical essays.
John Sharp
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great little read on Wilson, Churchill, Truman, and Trotsky. It's sad to see how the U.S. has drifted so far in the 20th and 21st Century from it's distinctly libertarian and capitalistic beginning. What's even more appalling is the complicit agreement the Christian religious leaders have lent to the cause of Socialism, Fascism, Communism and militarism in the service of some Utopia which, of course, is not possible.
Jeremy
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Best book on the real causes of wars.
Stefan Matias
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The fundamental task of the historian is, in my opinion, to challenge the mainstream perception of historical events and figures. It is not of much practical significance to just keep repeating what everybody already knows, or think they know, but the historian dedicated to investigating the past has the opportunity to discover material that may indicate certain events and figures aren't quite the way they're commonly portrayed to be. Whether it be that they are underrated and barely covered in ...more
Yogy TheBear
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author is a professional historian that actually enters onto what the mainstream current labels conspiracy and revisionist (not just borderline) view of history. And this makes him very valuable because many conspiracy theorists even if they reveal true facts are not historians and do not have the historian's skill in interpreting facts and telling of the story.

For me much of the thesis here is not new, but the style is refreshing and well documented. I will be in debt to Raico for setting m
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Luka Nikolic
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really liked his critique of Wilson and Truman, the topic on Churchill was very eye-opening but I need to read up more about this to state my opinion on the ol' bulldog. Did not like the book reviews at the end, wish the entire book was just a collection of essays
Josh
This books is a series of 12 (often expanded) essays by historian and professor Dr. Ralph Raico concerning, as the title suggests, the "Great Wars" (World War 1 and World War 2) and their "Great Leaders" (the imperialist gang of FDR, Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill, and Harry S. Truman).

Throughout the book, Raico illustrates the (avoidable) problems that got us in to these wars (that seem to have been forgotten by history and overlooked by modern historians with their love of these blood thirs
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“(P58) It is curious how, with his stark Darwinian outlook, his elevation of war to the central place in human history, and his racism, as well as his fixation on “great leaders,” Churchill’s worldview resembled that of his antagonist, Hitler.” 2 likes
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