on WW II

LEAD-UP TO WWII
1. Guilt by Association: How Deception and Self-Deceit Took America to War, Jeff Gates.
2. The Origins of the Second World War, A. J. P. Taylor, 1996.
3. President Roosevelt and the Coming of the War, 1941: A Study in Appearances and Realities, Charles A. Beard, 1968.
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PACIFIC THEATER
1.  Back Door to War: The Roosevelt Foreign Policy, 1933-1941, Charles Callan Tansill, 1952.  Dr. Gary North points out that “When the premier American diplomatic historian, Charles C. Tansill, said [that US officials had foreknowledge of Pearl Harbor] again in 1952 in his Back Door to War (Regnery), he, too, was shoved down the liberals’ memory hole.”
2.  An appalling record of Navy Officer, Vice Admiral William Pye.

US Marines abandoned on Wake Island: Cut off after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US Navy sends Task Force 11 Under Admiral Fletcher to relieve the Marine garrison on Wake Island. Fletcher wastes valuable time by the unnecessary frequent refueling of his destroyers. This results in his fleet arriving one day after Japanese forces invade Wake. Though his naval forces were equal to the reported Japanese ships, his superior, Vice Admiral William Pye, gets cold feet and orders the relief force to withdraw. After a heroic 15-day battle against superior forces, the Wake garrison surrenders. During the battle of Midway in June, The same Admiral Pyle ordered battleships to patrol the US coast instead of participating in the epic battle. Afterward he was relieved of combat duty, and would never command a fleet in battle again. This would be little comfort to the 400 Marines and 100 civilians who become POWs. Several years later, 98 of the civilians imprisoned on the island would be machined-gunned to death by the occupying Japanese.

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BATTLE OF MIDWAY, 1942
from Wikipedia.   Midway, as its name suggests, is midway between the U.S. and Japan, located about 1500 miles northwest from Hawaii.

THE ATOMIC BOMB, NAGASAKI & HIROSHIMA, 1945
1. The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb, Gar Alperovitz.
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PEARL HARBOR
1. Gary North mentions this book, The Road to Pearl Harbor: The Coming of the War Between the United States and Japan, 1950, by Herbert Feis in his talk on War Revisionism.
2.  Infamy: Pearl Harbor and Its Aftermath, John Toland, 1972.
3. Pearl Harbor: The Seeds and Fruits of Infamy, Percy Greaves, Jr., 2010,  The Mises Institute says that “For 70 years, Greaves’s documents have been the primary source of revisionist scholarship on Pearl Harbor. These documents were prepared under his leadership as main counsel for the Republican minority on the Joint Congressional Committee that investigated Pearl Harbor from 1945 to 1946.”  Gary North points out that “He was the Republican counsel in the Pearl Harbor Hearings. The Mises Institute published it.”
4.  Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor, Robert StinnettDay of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor
5. Pearl Harbor: The Story of the Secret War, George Morgenstern, 1947. North sums it up: “Consider the conservatives’ account of Roosevelt’s advance warning of the Japanese attack in late 1941. When George Morgenstern wrote Pearl Harbor: The Story of a Secret War, only right-wing Devin-Adair would publish it (1947). The book was ridiculed by academic historians as being a pack of unsubstantiated opinions written by a mere journalist — and a Chicago Tribune journalist at that.”
6. Edwin P. Hoyt on Japanese conflict in WWII.
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ECONIMCS OF WWII
1. The Permanent War Economy, Seymour Melman, 1976.
2. Paying for a World War: The United States Financing of World War II, Jarvis M. Morse, 1946.  Here is an online copy.
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ANTI-WAR EDITORIALS
1. Defend America First: Anti-War Editorials from the Saturday Evening Post, 1939-1942, Garet Garrett. A brief review.
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FDR
1. The New Dealers‘ War: FDR and the War With World War II, Thomas Fleming, 2002.
2. Roosevelt and Stalin: The Failed Courtship, by Robert Nisbet.
3. President Roosevelt and the Coming of the War, 1941: A Study in Appearances and Realities, Charles A. Beard, 1968.
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THE 3RD REICH
1. My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich, Dietrich von Hildebrand and John Henry Crosby, 2014.  Here is a review of the book and author.
2. Shirer, Rise and Fall of the 3rd Reich.
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REVIEWS OF WWII
1. Gary North points out that “The final product of the Council on Foreign Relations’ investment of $139,000 in 1946 — a lot of money in 1946 — was the standard Establishment history of the coming of the war, written by William L. Langer and S. Everett Gleason, The Challenge to Isolation: The World Crisis of 1937-1940 and American Foreign Policy (1952). It was still the standard account two decades later. Its perspective remains dominant on campus today. Langer was a professor of history at Harvard. So was Gleason — medieval history — until he moved to Washington after Pearl Harbor, to join the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor of the CIA. He later became the official historian of the State Department. Establishment enough for you? (The other standard book was Herbert Feis’s Road to Pearl Harbor (1950). He had served as the State Department’s Advisor for International Economic Affairs.) Yes, the victors always write the history books, but when the historians are actually policy-setting participants in the war, the words “court history” take on new meaning.”
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SOVIET UNION
1. Stalingrad: The City That Defeated the Third Reich, Jochen Hellbeck, 2015.  From Bionic Mosquito:

The battle of Stalingrad–the most ferocious and lethal battle in human history–ended on February 2, 1943.  With an estimated death toll of a million, the bloodletting at Stalingrad (1942-1943) far exceeded that of Verdun, one of the costliest battles of World War I.

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Stalingrad.  Almost six months of fighting; between the two sides, over two million combatants; of these, almost two million killed, wounded or captured.  A key result of the German defeat: Germany moved significant military resources from west (i.e. where Brokaw’s generation would eventually fight a drastically weakened Germany) to east to deal with the losses and the newfound Soviet momentum.

WARTIME CRITICS
1. Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, Harry Elmer Barnes, 1953.  This is a review of one of the chapters.
2. Great Mistakes of the War, Hanson W. Baldwin.  Baldwin was the principal writer for The New York Times, who covered World War II and he wrote this important book immediately after the war.  Dulles recalled that on July 20, 1945, under instructions from Washington, that he went to the Potsdam Conference and reported there to Secretary [of War] Stimson on what he had learned from Tokyo–that they desired to surrender if they could retain the Emperor and their constitution as a basis for maintaining discipline and order in Japan after the devastating news of surrender became known to the Japanese people.  It is documented by Alperovitz that Stimson reported this directly to Truman.  Alperovitz further points out in detail the documentary proof that every top presidential civilian and military adviser, with the exception of James Byrnes, along with Prime Minister Churchill and his top British military leadership, urged Truman to revise the unconditional surrender policy so as to allow the Japanese to surrender and keep their Emperor.  All this advice was given to Truman prior to the Potsdam Proclamation which occurred on July 26, 1945.  This proclamation made a final demand upon Japan to surrender unconditionally or suffer drastic consequences.  [from John Denson’s “The Hiroshima Lie.”]
3.  Advance to Barbarism:  The Development of Total Warfare from Sarajevo to Hiroshima, F.J.P. Veale, 1968. 
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WWII AFTERMATH
1. As to the consequeneces of World War II, Dr. North points to Chalmers Johnsons’ Blowback series.  Wikipedia states it like this:

“Johnson believed that the enforcement of American hegemony over the world constitutes a new form of global empire. Whereas traditional empires maintained control over subject peoples via colonies, since World War II the US has developed a vast system of hundreds of military bases around the world where it has strategic interests. A long-time Cold Warrior, he applauded the dissolution of the Soviet Union: “I was a cold warrior. There’s no doubt about that. I believed the Soviet Union was a genuine menace. I still think so.”[9] At the same time, however, he experienced a political awakening after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, noting that instead of demobilizing its armed forces, the US accelerated its reliance on military solutions to problems both economic and political. The result of this militarism (as distinct from actual domestic defense) is more terrorism against the U.S. and its allies, the loss of core democratic values at home, and an eventual disaster for the American economy. Of four books he wrote on this topic, the first three are referred to as The Blowback Trilogy . . . . ”  I liked Johnson’sdistinction regarding the different kinds of empire.

WWII REVISIONISM
1. Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal, Ralph Raico.
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WWII STRATEGY
1. William Langer, Chief of Research and Analysis throughout the war.
2.  Sarell Everett Gleason, Chief for the Offices of Strategic Services for the war.

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ALLIED (MAINLY AMERICAN BUT FRENCH TOO) ATROCITIES AGAINST THE GERMANS
1. Other Losses, James Bacque, 1991.  That first link is to a free PDF.  Here is the link to Bacque’s book.  Okay, so even with titles and summaries and precis, the numbers of Germans killed by Americans AFTER the war and through the Morgenthau Plan vary greatly from 1 million to 4 million.  See for yourself the disparity.  Here is an Amazon summary, er, review by Kirkus that claims 4 million Germans were slowly murdered in Eisenhower’s camps.  Uh-oh.  

Canadian writer Bacque’s shocking and controversial account of American mistreatment of four million German WW II POWs. Centering on American idol Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bacque’s indictment strikes to the heart of the American dream, charging us with much the same kind of brutality that so incenses Americans when practiced by foreigners–allowing POWs to die by the tens of thousands from disease and starvation. In a skillfully organized, meticulously documented brief (86 pages of notes and appendices), Bacque charges Eisenhower not with neglect but with setting policy- -and charges subsequent authorities with a methodical cover-up, including destruction of evidence. The narrative is strongly detailed, beginning with an old Frenchman, accompanied by Bacque, opening an ancient, dusty box to find–nothing: missing evidence. From there we have a real-life thriller, complete with security forces bullying aged witnesses. Surprises are nonstop, beginning with a damning introduction by respected military historian Ernest F. Fisher, Jr., who speaks of Eisenhower’s “fierce and obsessive hatred of…all things German.” There follows a jolting indictment of high American figures, starting at the top. The tone is set when Churchill walks out of a Big Three meeting as Roosevelt jokes with Stalin (recent perpetrator of the notorious Katyn Forest massacre) about exterminating prisoners. The point is driven home a thousand ways, most effectively in the knowledgeable analysis of Eisenhower’s management style, which allowed subordinates to carry out policy with little paper to back them up. The general who sends military aircraft to pick up oranges for breakfast while prisoners are starving is especially memorable. Even more so is the repeated British refusal to countenance the US policy in principle and detail. Explosive and deeply iconoclastic, this book is sure to enrage many. Refutations without research as painstaking as Bacque’s will lack credence. — Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

 

And here is the title to a video presentation of the book.

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