Were World Wars I and II inevitable? Were they necessary wars? Or were they products of calamitous failures of judgment?
In this monumental and provocative history, Patrick Buchanan makes the case that, if not for the blunders of British statesmen–Winston Churchill first among them–the horrors of two world wars and the Holocaust might have been avoided and the British Empire might never have collapsed into ruins. Half a century of murderous oppression of scores of millions under the iron boot of Communist tyranny might never have happened, and Europe’s central role in world affairs might have been sustained for many generations.
Among the British and Churchillian errors were:
• The secret decision of a tiny cabal in the inner Cabinet in 1906 to take Britain straight to war against Germany, should she invade France
• The vengeful Treaty of Versailles that mutilated Germany, leaving her bitter, betrayed, and receptive to the appeal of Adolf Hitler
• Britain’s capitulation, at Churchill’s urging, to American pressure to sever the Anglo-Japanese alliance, insulting and isolating Japan, pushing her onto the path of militarism and conquest
• The greatest mistake in British history: the unsolicited war guarantee to Poland of March 1939, ensuring the Second World War
Certain to create controversy and spirited argument, Churchill, Hitler, and “the Unnecessary War” is a grand and bold insight into the historic failures of judgment that ended centuries of European rule and guaranteed a future no one who lived in that vanished world could ever have envisioned.
About the Author
Patrick J. Buchanan, America's leading populist conservative, was a senior adviser to three American presidents, ran twice for the Republican presidential nomination, in 1992 and 1996, and was the Reform Party candidate in 2000. In his 1992 challenge to President George H. W. Bush, Buchanan was the first national leader to put the issue of America's broken and bleeding Mexican border and the Third World invasion of the United States onto the national agenda. No figure in politics or journalism has done more to alert the nation to this existential crisis. The author of seven other books, including the bestsellers "Right from the Beginning; A Republic, Not an Empire"; "The Death of the West" (Thomas Dunne Books 2002); and "Where the Right Went Wrong" (Thomas Dunne Books 2004), Buchanan is a syndicated columnist and a founding member of three of America's foremost public affairs shows, NBC's "The McLaughlin Group," and CNN's "The Capitol Gang" and "Crossfire," He lives in McLean, Virginia.