Churchill, Hitler and 'The Unnecessary War':
How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World

Patrick J. Buchanan


Softcover book. 530 pages.
ISBN: 9780307405166
Stock Number: 0339

A carefully researched and persuasive debunking of the widely-accepted “official” story of the origins of World War II, by one of America’s most astute and influential public affairs commentators.

With 36 photos, source references, bibliography and index.

In this masterful and provocative book, Buchanan draws on the work of more than a hundred historians to trace the fateful failures of judgment that consigned millions to decades of subjugation under Soviet Communist tyranny, and ended Europe’s central role in world affairs.

Consistent with the findings of many other historians, Buchanan shows that Hitler never had any hostile intentions toward Britain. Until the escalation of the diplomatic crisis in 1939, the German leader had patiently worked for a cordial alliance with Britain, and tried to cultivate Poland as an ally.

Buchanan devotes special attention to the decisions for war by British leaders that proved disastrous, not only for Europe and the world, but for Britain itself. He makes the case that, if not for the blunders of British statesmen – Winston Churchill first among them – the horrors of two world wars might have been avoided.

In Buchanan’s view, the greatest foreign policy mistake of British leaders in modern times was their March 1939 unsolicited military “guarantee” to Poland. This “fatal blunder,” he says, all but ensured the Second World War. Furthermore, it was the decision by British leaders in 1939 to declare war against Germany that transformed the limited German-Polish conflict into a European-wide war, which then became a global holocaust. And after the outbreak of war, Buchanan contends, Britain continued its destructive, short-sighted policy by rejecting Hitler’s repeated offers of peace, especially following the defeat of France in the summer of 1940.

This book is a devastating critique of the “cult” of Winston Churchill. As Buchanan shows, Churchill’s influence and role in both the world wars proved more harmful than positive. Contrary to his well-polished image, Churchill was an inept military leader who engineered successive debacles, including the Norwegian campaign of 1940, and the Dieppe Raid of 1942.

Buchanan concludes this important book with timely warnings about US foreign policy today based on lessons to be learned from the calamitous course of twentieth century history.

This book earned praise from Canadian journalist Eric Margolis, who wrote: “Buchanan’s heretical view, and mine, is that the Western democracies should have let Hitler expand his Reich eastward until it inevitably went to war with the even more dangerous Soviet Union. Once these despotisms had exhausted themselves, the Western democracies would have been left dominating Europe. The lives of millions of Western civilians and soldiers would have been spared.”

The author, Patrick J. Buchanan, was a senior adviser to three American presidents. He is the author of nine other books, including several bestsellers. For years he has been a syndicated columnist. He is a founding member of three of America’s foremost public affairs television shows.

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