(fwd from GBM) *new books* SECOND WORLD WAR/ COLD WAR/ CP

Les Schaffer schaffer at optonline.net
Sun Aug 10 05:58:37 MDT 2003


THE MYTH OF THE GOOD WAR: America in the Second World War

Jacques R. Pauwels JACQUES R. PAUWELS has taught European history at the
University of Toronto, York University, and the University of Waterloo.

A fresh and provocative look at the role of the USA in World War II.

**       Historian Jacques Pauwels attacks the widely held belief that
**       World War II was the "good war," the war in which America led
**       the forces of democracy and freedom to victory over fascist
**       dictatorship and Japanese militarism.

**      He argues that the role of the USA in World War II was
**      determined not by idealism, but by the interests of America's
**      corporations and by the country's social, economic, and
**      political leaders.

**       He examines the American elites response to Fascism, and looks
**       at how American companies' collaborated with Nazi Germany, at
**       how Uncle Joe was presented as the next enemy, at why bombing
**       Dresden was a warning to the Soviet Union, he explores ways
**       reasons why anti-fascists were marginalized in post war
**       Germany, why America did little to support De-Nazification but
**       did support German business interests.

**       On the non-fiction bestseller lists in Belgium for four weeks
**       when first published in 2000. Since then it has been translated
**       into German, Spanish, French, and English.

Reviews: "Pauwels' exposure of the dirty truths behind such historical
tragedies as Dieppe, Hiroshima, and Peal Harbour will likely cause
outrage, but his documentation is sound, his reasoning sharp."  Quill &
Quire

 "The Myth of the Good War is an accessible and well-written book... The
 reader feels immersed in a bath of refreshing ideas."  De Morgen

Related title:
Finkel & Leibovitz:  THE CHAMBERLAIN-HITLER COLLUSION 085036 468 X, 12.95

Published in the EU by Merlin Press,  1.8. 2003/ 228x 153mm/ 288 Pages/ index / Paperback

ISBN 0 85036-536-8      GB Pounds  14.95 Pbk
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COLD WAR, CRISIS AND CONFLICT: The CPGB 1951-68

John Callaghan
Professor of Politics University of Wolverhampton

This is Volume Five of a comprehensive history of the British Communist
Party in the twentieth century, and covers the period from 1951 to 1968.

The cold war was at its most intense during this period, and it was also
the time of the dramas of 1956 - Khruschev's critique of Stalin, the
Hungarian uprising and the Suez crisis. Then in the 1960s the opening up
of new possibilities for radicalism began, leading up to the events of
May 1968. The impact of these events on the Party is extensively
analysed, drawing on evidence from detailed archival research and many
interviews with former activists.

Topics covered include: the nature of the Party and its Soviet
'ecology'; its responses to the events of 1956; its involvement in
anti-colonial struggles; its positions on international and economic
issues and perspectives on class struggle; its relationship with the
Labour Party and the trade unions; and the forces for change in the
Party in the 1960s.

Times change, and John Callaghan's book differs from previous volumes in
this series in a number of ways - most obviously, in that it was written
after the demise of the Soviet Union and the Party, and thus with much
better access to archives and the views of former party members. In
addition, it is organised thematically rather than chronologically, and
is written from a more critical position than previous titles in the
series. It shares with its predecessors, however, the idea that a
history of the CPGB has some importance, not least for the light it
casts on some of the key issues of the twentieth century.

"Everyone interested in the history of Communism between the Korean War
and the Soviet March into Prague will welcome John Callaghan's excellent
and admirably documented book" Eric Hobsbawm

Published by Lawrence & Wishart, 320pp, August 2003, History, Paperback,
Biographical notes, Index.

Other Volumes in the series:
Vol 1: 085315 372 8 GBP 14.99 1919-1924
Vol 2: 085315 374 4 GBP 14.99 1925-1926
Vol 3: 085315 612 3 GBP 14.99 1927-1941
Vol 4: 085315 862 2 GBP 14.99 1941-1951

ISBN 0 85315  958 0    GB POUNDS  13.99
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