You Must Own This Book! (Raico's Great Wars and Great Leaders)
David T. Beito
by David T. Beito: Something
is Rotten in Montgomery
thinks that they know anything about World War I, Harry S. Truman,
or Winston Churchill should first read Great
Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal by Ralph
Raico. Once they do, they might realize just how little they really
know. I have taught and researched American history for a quarter
century but there was a lot here that was completely new to me.
and often witty, prose, Raico demolishes interpretations that all
too many historians, and members of the reading public, take for
granted. Few single volumes by any historian pack so much punch,
and or have so much breadth.
for example, that historians who accept the Fischer Thesis, which
puts the main blame for World War I on Germany, as the "last
word" on the subject are sadly mistaken.
apart the standard assumption that Winston Churchill was a far-sighted
and principled wartime leader who consistently opposed Communism.
Champions of Truman as a great president will find it hard to explain
away stunning evidence of the "plucky little man from Missouri's"
habitual resort to emergency powers and politically cynical war
Those of us
in need of rich material for lectures in American history, on the
other hand, will be able to profit from a treasure trove of revealing
quotations, richly illustrative anecdotes, and high-powered interpretation.
Ralph Raico has performed a great service in writing this book.
with permission from the History News Network.
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and Power group blog at the History
© 2011 David Beito