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The Phoney Victory


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Major new book by leading columnist Peter Hitchens, who debunks the myths about Britain's role in 'The Good War'

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Peter Hitchens is a journalist and commentator. He has a weekly column in the Mail on Sunday and is the author of several books, including The Abolition of Britain; The Cameron Delusion; The Rage Against God and The War We Never Fought.


Hitchens is right to challenge the very idea of a "good war". The Second World War was a global cataclysm that killed about 60 million people and left millions more displaced and traumatized. He is also correct that public debate about international security would be vastly improved if politicians and pundits stopped appealing to the "lessons" of Hitler and appeasement to justify military action. * Times Literary Supplement *
Hitchens devotes much of his indictment to the war at sea, arguing that the Navy had been starved of resources between the wars and was ill-equipped to fight the all-important Battle of the Atlantic against the Nazi U-boat fleet. He regales the reader with touching stories from his days at boarding school, when he and his friends built plastic models of warships. * Standpoint *

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