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Great Wars and Great Leaders

265 Pages · 2010 · 1.58 MB · English

  • Great Wars and Great Leaders

    Great Wars and Great Leaders Great Wars and Great Leaders


    A Libertarian Rebuue03cal


    Ralph Raico


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    Lifelongmentorandfriend Contents


    ForewordbyRobertHiggs iii


    Introduction vii


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    1 WorldWarI:ue049eTurningPoint 1


    2 RethinkingChurchill 53


    3 HarryS.Truman: AdvancingtheRevolution 103


    4 MarxistDreamsandSovietRealities 143


    5 NazifyingtheGermans 157


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    6 Trotsky: ue049eIgnoranceandtheEvil 165


    7 ue049eTwo“Testaments”ofAmericanForeignPolicy 177


    8 ue049eOtherWarthatNeverEnds: ASurveyofSome


    RecentLiteratureonWorldWarI 185


    9 StarvingaPeopleintoSubmission 197


    10 JohnT.FlynnandtheApotheosisofFranklinRoosevelt 207


    11 OntheBrinkofWorldWarII 219


    12 ue049eGreatWarRetold 229


    i Foreword


    by Robert Higgs


    For many years, I have described Ralph Raico as “my favorite his-


    torian.” When David ue049eroux and I were making our plans in 1995


    for the publication of a new scholarly quarterly, ue049e Independent


    Review,andselectingthescholarswewouldasktoserveasassociate


    editors, I knew that I would want one of them to be an excellent


    historian,andIknewalsothatthepersonIwantedmostwasRaico.


    I had complete confidence that he would bring to our project pre-


    ciselythecombinationofpersonalintegrity,scholarlymastery,and


    sound judgment I needed in an associate. In the fiue039een years since


    then,Ihaveneverregreue03cedthatIprevailedonRalphtoserveinthis


    capacity and that he graciously accepted my invitation. ue049ree of


    the marvelous review essays that appear here were first published


    inTIR.


    Much earlier I had developed a deep respect for Raico as a


    scholar and as a person. I insist that these two qualities cannot


    be separated without dire consequences. Some scholars have en-


    ergy, brilliance, and mastery of their fields, but they lack personal


    integrity; hence they bend easily before the winds of professional


    fashionandsocialpressure. IhavealwaysadmiredRalph’samazing


    commandofthewide-rangingliteraturerelatedtothetopicsabout


    which he lectures and writes. But I have admired even more his


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