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The Phoney Victory

The World War II Illusion
Narrated by: Peter Hitchens
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
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Was World War II really the 'Good War'? In the years since the declaration of peace in 1945, many myths have sprung up around the conflict in the victorious nations. In this audiobook, Peter Hitchens deconstructs the many fables which have become associated with the narrative of the 'Good War'. 

Whilst not criticising or doubting the need for war against Nazi Germany at some stage, Hitchens does query whether September 1939 was the right moment or the independence of Poland the right issue. He points out that in the summer of 1939 Britain and France were wholly unprepared for a major European war and that this quickly became apparent in the conflict that ensued. He also rejects the retroactive claim that Britain went to war in 1939 to save the Jewish population of Europe. On the contrary, the beginning and intensification of war made it easier for Germany to begin the policy of mass murder in secret as well as closing most escape routes. 

In a provocative but deeply researched book, Hitchens questions the most common assumptions surrounding World War II, turning on its head the myth of Britain's role in a 'Good War'.

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  • casey urey
  • 16-03-2019

Interesting but depressing story

An controversial look at the Good War that we have romanticized for generations. It certainly has inspired me to do more research on the subject, but I feel that in his dissection of the events leading up to/during the war Hitchens largely ignores the story of King Edward VIII, only making brief mention of him as one of many stabs at the cultural image of Churchill in the West. I also cant recall any mention of Mosley, but his legacy is probably set in stone and not as important as some are lead to believe. My only complaint about the performance is that Hitchens (who reads the book himself) has a bad habit of occasionally loudly whistling through his teeth when saying words that start with “s.” This is jarring and annoying since his voice is appropriately low for most of the book and clashes with the mood. Still, a very good book in both content and performance, worth looking at if you are interested in a look at Britain’s actions by a cultured British author unsympathetic to preserving the myth of Churchill, but not approaching it from an almost strictly anti colonial perspective.

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  • Char
  • 05-03-2019

An amazing commentary and review of WW2

Peter Hitchens offers a different and captivating view of UK, USA and Nazi Germany behavior during WW2 in a way only an independent mind can offer.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-02-2019

What annoys Peter Hitchens about WW2

This is not a detailed overview about the myths and misnomers or world war 2. To save you the money it's
1.Britain was unprepared and foolish to rush in to a war with Nazi Germany, I'm not convinced. He does not delve in to the Nazi or French military.
2. The USA screwed the British rather then being faithful allies. Well duh
3. Bombing of German cities by the RAF was immoral, agreed.


Peter Hitchens hasn't seemed to have done a lot of research just read a few books. He is not a historian.
His is a good narrator and is a first c!ass complainer.

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  • Oliver Duncan
  • 11-02-2019

Masterpiece

A thoughtful, uncompromising synthesis that is honest, sensitive and respectful in tone, yet unflinchingly confronts the reality of the UKs place in the wider conflict and historical context.

An outstanding book, a must listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-2019

Hitchens at his best

A well written and clever book that pulls apart the spin of ww2 and phoney relationship between the UK and the USA.

Great listening and I shall read to book too!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-06-2019

Provocative, interesting polemic

Enjoyable and well read, I wish the argument was more detailed and focussed. Could have been longer and gone into greater depth, and it's a shame that Hitchens casually comments on contemporary issues that are only tangentially related to his thesis. It would also have been good to have a stronger sense of how the war developed over time, the role of the Soviet Union, and the aftermath of the war in Britain itself.

Overall though, highly recommended and an important corrective to the dangerous myths we still believe about the Second World War and our role in it.

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  • Gregory F Naylor
  • 04-05-2019

Illuminating and thought provoking

A very well written stripping away of the myth and sentimental consensus that WW2 was a 'good' war, fought nobly by the allies. Many long standing heart felt beliefs are debunked, such as the so called special relationship between The U K and the USA and the mistaken notion that the British political establishment were reluctant to go to war in 1939.

Only for those who value truth above sentimental delusion.

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  • Laurence S Danvers
  • 20-04-2019

The empire's distorted view of itself laid bare

So interesting. Now I understand the American special relationship. Who could imagine this mighty nation defaulting on a loan to The US and being bankrupt?

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  • Dan Boresjo
  • 23-02-2019

Refreshing perspective on WWII

Hitchen's critique of the special relationship is a real gem of this essential de-glamorised perspective of WWII and the decline of empire.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-04-2019

Interesting

Mr Hitchens' book is interesting but David Irving goes far more in depth about what really went on in World War II in his books.

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