THE CHARLEY’S WAR that might have been: An Unpatriotic History Of The Second World War

An important and unique book

Just received James Heartfield’s An Unpatriotic History of the Second World War, kindly sent to me by Tariq Goddard, novelist and publisher at Zero Books.   It’s a really important and unique book and I can’t wait to read and review it.

Previous titles in this genre, which I’ve made a special study of, include James Bacque’s Crimes And Mercies: The fate of German civilians under allied occupation, 1944-1950; Sean Longden’s To The Victor The Spoils: D-Day to VE Day, the reality behind the heroism; and Clive Ponting’s 1940 Myth And Reality.  All three were insightful and revealing, but only cover aspects of the war.  And Ponting’s book is still written by a member of the establishment.  This book, however, is absolute dynamite!

It’s the kind of book I was looking for when I wanted to carry Charley’s War into WW2.  But it didn’t exist.  More soon!

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3 thoughts on “THE CHARLEY’S WAR that might have been: An Unpatriotic History Of The Second World War

  1. Looks to be an intriguing read (though I’m a little reticent to come out too enthusiastic in advance, given it’s by one of the professional contrarians of the post-RCP gravy train!)

    Have you read ‘I Couldn’t Paint Golden Angels’, Albert Meltzer’s memoir? It has some interesting stuff on working class/anti-authoritarian responses to the bosses’ war. Humorous, too!

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