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The unnecessary book, Feb 25 2010
This book is ridiculous, it should be titled "How Churchill is Responsible for Everything for Simpletons". Patrick Buchanan in his pathological hatred of Churchill attempts to lay blame at the latter's feet for all the mistakes that happened in the last one hundred and ten years. Actually he does not reserve his vitriol for Churchill alone, but roundly condemns the British establishment as a whole. So why for simpletons? Buchanan feels that every salient point is worth reiterating at least once, just in case we were not paying attention the first time. Actually his writing style is quite easy to read, that is not dense, so reiteration is really unnecessary.
In his attempts to paint Churchill and the British establishment in as negative light as possible he virtually becomes an apologist for Hitler. Poor Adolf, actually all he wanted to do was crush Russia, but those stupid British seemed unable to fathom this and had the bad taste to declare war on Germany. He even goes as far to suggest that without British intervention the holocaust may never have occurred. He seems quite happy to ignore the fact that Hitler was a psychopathic madman bent on destruction. How far does he take this line of thought? In the final chapter he suggests that somehow Churchill was responsible for the Iraq invasion because George Bush had a bust of him in his office. This really does give Churchill too much credit, Bush was quite capable of making bad decisions without Churchill's divine guidance.
The reason behind this polemic may well be found in Buchanan's name. The Irish have never had much love for the British and have generally found Churchill to be anathema. Rightly or wrongly they tend to blame him for the scourge of the Black and Tans. In many ways it is a pity that Patrick Buchanan took such an extreme view with this book because there is considerable good information mixed in with the diatribe, but in the end it simply becomes an annoying read.