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Au­thor Peter Hitchens Price £17.99 Pub­lisher IB Tau­rus

All About History - - REVIEWS -

Peter Hitchens is no stranger to con­tro­versy, in­sist­ing that Hitler and the Nazi regime had to be crushed, but Britain should have fol­lowed the ex­am­ple of the US and waited to en­ter the war from a po­si­tion of mil­i­tary and diplo­matic strength. Yet a war, be­gun in un­cer­tainty and con­fu­sion, be­came in pop­u­lar imag­i­na­tion the war that re­stored good­ness to the world. Hitchens crit­i­cises this as a sim­plis­tic in­ter­pre­ta­tion of re­al­ity. He brings to light some of the un­com­fort­able af­ter­math – the Stal­in­ist purges and the “atro­cious butcher’s bill from

In­dian Par­ti­tion.”

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