The problem with the history we are taught in schools is that it is taught by instructors with an interventionist bent using history books based on interventionist theories. It is hard to sift through the nonsense to create a clear picture, since in many cases key facts are distorted or omitted.
Being the curious type, I have imagined that, if I were a billionaire, one thing I would do is find someone who was very intelligent, could write well, and understood the importance of liberty and say to this person, "Look, you have 10 years, 20 years, whatever it takes, study the 20th Century for me then write a report about what the world wars were about and what the leaders were really like. Tell me who the real bastards were and how the world got into these wars."
I no longer dream of the day I will be able to put such a person under my employ to find the truth. The report has been written. Great Wars & Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal, the collected writings of Ralph Raico, provides all the important details of the 20th Century world wars. It details how the wars came about, and reveals the truth about the ruthless leaders that are responsible for millions upon millions of deaths.
Forget whatever else you are reading, this is the book you need to read now. It is informed, intelligent writing with wit. Most important, it reveals the truth about the 20th century great wars, by a man who understands liberty.
In the foreward, Robert Higgs tells us that Raico attended Ludwig von Mises's famous seminar at New York University and also completed his dissertation at the University of Chicago under F.A. Hayek. He was also a friend of Murray Rothbard's. Enough said for credentials on understanding the value of liberty. You will see that understanding clearly shine through in this book.
In this book Raico covers it all, including much detail on how the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand led to World War One. Raico details the wicked role that Winston Churchill played in the expansion of the war. You won't for a minute think of Churchill as a hero after reading this book. Raico shows that Churchill had a sick love for war. "It began early," writes Raico. "As a child he had a huge collection of toy soldiers, 1500 of them, and he played with them for years after most boys turn to other things...He loved war as few modern men ever have- he even loved 'the bangs' as he called them..."
You will learn that most of those, from all sides in the wars, were nothing but madmen seeking power. And Raico does not protect so-called great U.S leaders. For example, to provide us, for a taste of the power-crazed Truman, Raico takes us to the post-World War ll period and informs us that, "In May 1946. Truman decided that the proper response to the strike of railroad workers was to draft the strikers into the Army." The House actually approved his proposal in a bill that passed 306 to 13, but the bill was rejected by the Senate.
The evil power hungry ways of FDR, Stalin, Wilson and Trotsky are all in Raico's report. Remarkably. it is all done in 235 pages, but read the 235 pages and you will understand the real history of the wars.
If your knowledge about the world wars of the 20th century is limited by what you learned in high school and college, this book will stun you. It puts the history of the entire period in perspective. It helps you understand the power mad leaders that are required to get the world in to war. In short, this book is a great weapon against war.