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The Myth of the Good War

America in the Second World War, revised edition

By Jacques R. Pauwels

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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 and his Nazi government to go to war were not those of madmen. Britain and the US were not allies fighting shoulder to shoulder with no motive except ridding the world of the evils of Nazism.

In Pauwels' account, the actions of the United States during the war years were heavily influenced by American corporations -- IBM, GM, Ford, ITT, and Standard Oil of New Jersey (now called Exxon) -- who were having a very profitable war selling oil, armaments, and equipment to both sides, with money gushing everywhere. Rather than analyzing Pearl Harbor as an unprovoked attack, Pauwels notes that US generals boasted of their success in goading Japan into a war the Americans badly wanted. One chilling account describes why President Truman insisted on using nuclear bombs against Japan when there was no military need to do so. Another reveals that Churchill instructed his bombers to flatten Dresden and kill thousands when the war was already won, to demonstrate British-American strength to Stalin.

Leaders usually cast in a heroic mould in other books about this war look quite different here. Nations that claimed a higher purpose in going to war are shown to have had far less idealistic motives. The Second World War, as Jacques Pauwels tells it, was a good war only in myth. The reality is far messier -- and far more revealing of the evils that come from conflicts between great powers and great leaders seeking to enrich their countries and dominate the world.


Foreword to the New English Edition

Foreword: Objectives and Methodology

Chapter 1     Introduction: America and the Myth of the "Great Crusade"

Chapter 2     The American Power Elite and Fascism

Chapter 3     America and the Red Peril

Chapter 4     The War in Europe and America's Economic Interests

Chapter 5     Fall 1941: The Tide of War Turns in Front of Moscow

Chapter 6     The United States at War with Japan and Germany

Chapter 7     Class Warfare on the American Home Front

Chapter 8     A Second Front for Stalin, or a Third Front in the Air?

Chapter 9     Stalin's Soviet Union: An Unloved but Useful Partner

Chapter 10     The Liberation of Italy: A Fateful Precedent

Chapter 11     The Long Summer of 1944

Chapter 12     The Successes of the Red Army and the Yalta Agreements

Chapter 13     Dresden: A Signal for Uncle Joe

Chapter 14     From Roosevelt's "Soft Line" to Truman's "Hard Line" toward Stalin

Chapter 15     An Anti-Soviet Crusade?

Chapter 16     The Winding Road to the German Surrender(s)

Chapter 17     America Between Confidence and Concern

Chapter 18     Nuclear Diplomacy and the Onset of the Cold War

Chapter 19     A Useful New Enemy

Chapter 20     Corporate Collaboration and the So-called "De-Nazification" of Germany (1)

Chapter 21     Corporate Collaboration and the So-called "De-Nazification" of Germany (2)

Chapter 22     The United States, the Soviets, and the Post-war Fate of Germany

Chapter 23     After 1945: From the Good War to Permanent War



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"Pauwels is mostly successful in his effort to construct a counter-narrative. His is a lively book."

- Labour/Le Travail

"A revealing analysis of the covert goals pursued by Western leaders before, during and immediately after World War II. Well-researched and lucidly-argued, this fine book will be of great value to experts and ordinary readers alike."

- Michael Parenti author of Against Empire and The Terrorism Trap

"Pauwels represents a departure from the orthodox and conventional feel-good history and from the military drum-and-trumpet historiography."

- Het Utrechts Nieuwsblad/De Amerfoortse Courant [a leading Dutch daily

"Pauwels' exposure of the dirty truths behind such historical tragedies as Dieppe, Hiroshima, and Pearl Harbor will likely cause outrage, but his documentation is sound, his reasoning sharp."

- Quill & Quire

"The Myth of the Good War is an accessible and well-written book... The reader feels immersed in a bath of refreshing ideas."

- De Morgen

"The Myth of the Good War breaks through the propaganda of World War II as portrayed in standard US history books and various Hollywood movies . . . Pauwels uses historical facts and analysis to unmask profiteering by US firms in support of the Nazi war machine. He exposes the humanitarian disaster of the massive bombing of civilian targets in Germany. And he lays out the deliberate delay of the invasion of France by the Allies in order to extend the war in the Eastern Frontthereby exhausting both Germany and Russia and resulting in millions of unnecessary deaths . . . Each year [my students would vote The Myth of the Good War as the best book of the semester. I plan to continue to use the new revised edition in my classes and encourage people everywhere to read and understand this important historical work."

- Peter Phillips Ph.D. Professor of Sociology, Sonoma State Univesity

"The Myth of the Good War is an outstanding and absolutely critical work that deserves the widest circulation, and I urge my friends to buy it. I learned a great deal more detail about that war and especially the post WW II and Cold War period."

- John Marciano, Professor Emeritus, SUNY Cortland, author of The American War in Vietnam: Crime or Commemoration

JACQUES R. PAUWELS is an independent scholar who has a special interest in 20th-century history. He has taught European history at the University of Toronto, York University, and the University of Waterloo. The first edition of this monumental work, published in 2000, has also been published in German, Spanish, and French, and has been on several national bestseller lists. This new edition has been revised and updated to incorporate new research on the war published since then.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 328 pages
Publication Date: 6th March 2015
ISBN: 9781459408722
Format: 9in x 6in
20+ b&w photographs

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 6th March 2015
ISBN: 9781459408739
Format: EPUB
20+ b&w photographs

BISAC Code:  HIS014000, HIS027100, HIS027110, HIS036060, HIS037070
Imprint: Lorimer


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