- Tapa blanda: 446 páginas
- Editor: iUniverse (23 de julio de 2014)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1491730536
- ISBN-13: 978-1491730539
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Twelve American Wars: Nine of Them Avoidable (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 23 jul 2014
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This is the hidden history of American wars. Eugene G. Windchy lays bare the tricks, errors, and secret plans that have taken the American people into avoidable conflicts. Our greatest national catastrophe was the Civil War. It began with Southerners firing on Fort Sumter. Why did they reject an opportunity to take the fort peacefully? We learn who opened fire. And why.
The assassination of Austria's Archduke Ferdinand sparked World War I. Americans tend to think he was killed by a "lone wolf." In fact, along the Archduke's motorcade route at least six trained assassins waited with bombs and revolvers. Windchy reveals what nation was behind that A month later another assassination took place. It silenced a Socialist politician who had vowed to expose the people who planned the war. The first assassination provoked the war, the second hid its authors.
In 1917, the U.S. entered World War I and saved the Allies from defeat on land and sea. Yet in 1936, Winston Churchill said that the world would have been better off if the Americans had stayed home. His reasons are presented.
Concerning the much criticized American entry into the Vietnam War, Windchy gives the inside story, updating the information in his book Tonkin Gulf. He also reports that President Lyndon B. Johnson rejected the Army's recommended war strategy. Could the Army's plan have won the war? Yes, said a defecting North Vietnamese colonel.
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For anyone interested in the origins of the various wars in which the U.S. has been involved, this is an excellent book. I am not an historian, so it would be easy to get a false story past me. But I am generally knowledgeable about these conflicts, and saw nothing inconsistent with what I knew. And each of his discussions is followed by an extensive bibliography which is generally a pretty good sign.
The negatives of the book: There's really only one big one: The writing. It's not nearly as good as the stories. I can't find the right adjective, but whatever it might be, it won't sell a lot of books. Tedious might be a good one.l. His stories carry the reader along. His writing makes it a grind. That is exacerbated, at least for me, by a profusion of names, a few of which were easy, like Woodrow Wilson, but most of which belong in a Russian novel. Especially for a book about twelve wars, most of which involved a quite different cast of characters from all the others, the alternatives are to just relax and figure it really doesn't matter, or make the book a chore. Whichever your decision, I would strongly suggest reading it in relatively small bites, which is quite possible in reading a book which is essentially a collection of short stories, not a novel.
Despite my unhappiness with the writing, I would strongly recommend the book as one to be read every time a politician announces that we are being forced into a war by some evil people who want to do us dirt. It is almost always the case that whatever the provocation (with the possible exception of WW II and the Revolution) a smart politician who wanted to keep us out of the war could find a way to do so.
Read it. You'll not view our 'beloved historical figures' in the same way again
The book also covers several other wars with fascinating details that you don't learn in the average high school or college American history course. I highly recommend this.
This book should be required reading for any "Man Who would be King". Mr Trump kindly take note.;