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!