Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Good War?

"World War II was not a straightforward death grapple between good and evil, says an eminent military historian," whose book is reviewed by MercatorNet's Francis Phillips — All Hell Let Loose.

Looks like a good read. Sir Max Hastings' The Korean War was the second finest standard war history this blogger has read, after Sir Hugh Thomas's monumental The Spanish Civil War. But the book that "builds the clearest case possible that war is to be avoided at (almost) all costs" was the decidedly non-standard Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization by Nicholson Baker.

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

No Pasaran?

"Spanish Bombs" ~ The Clash

Rough video. catchy tune though.

One of the things that strikes me about the Spanish Civil War were the occasional odd bedfellows. Tangentially, makes me think of the Italian story "Don Camillo"


February 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM  

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