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Freedom Betrayed - Herbet Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath

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Freedom Betrayed - Herbet Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath

Freedom Betrayed - Herbet Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath

  1. 1. Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath
  2. 2. Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath
  3. 3. Quotes on ‘Freedom Betrayed’
  4. 4. “Freedom Betrayed is an extended excoriation of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and his foreign policy... the words will be jarring to many who today regard World War II in uniformly heroic terms”. - Tim Ferguson, Forbes
  5. 5. “A remarkably well- researched, heavily footnoted revisionist history… seems destined to become one of the key historical documents of the mid-20th century, challenging many long-accepted interpretations of events”. - James E. Person Jr., The Washington Times
  6. 6. “Freedom Betrayed is a searing indictment of FDR and the men around him as politicians who lied prodigiously about their desire to keep America out of war, even as they took one deliberate step after another to take us into war.”- Pat Buchanan, “Did FDR Provoke Pearl Harbour?”
  7. 7. “In its sharp dissent from the conventional understanding of the mid-twentieth century, Herbert Hoover's book succeeds in bringing that history back to life and in forcing us to think about it in ways that will surely be unfamiliar to many.” - Tom Bethell, “Revisionist History That Matters”, The American Spectator.
  8. 8. “Freedom Betrayed is the work of a serious student of history, and is heavily researched and footnoted. Its publication is a monumental moment in the history of presidential writings, and Nash deserves credit for his persistence and dedication in shaping it.” - Gerald J. Russello “Herbert Hoover, Revisionist”, The University Bookman
  9. 9. “What an amazing historical find! Historian George H. Nash, the dean of Herbert Hoover studies, has brought forth a very rare manuscript in Freedom Betrayed. Here is Hoover unplugged, delineating on everything from the ‘lost statesmanship’ of FDR to the Korean War. A truly invaluable work of presidential history. Highly recommended.” - DOUGLAS BRINKLEY, is professor of history at Rice University and editor of The Reagan Diaries.
  10. 10. “Finally, after waiting for close to half a century, we now have Hoover’s massive and impassioned account of American foreign policy from 1933 to the early 1950s. Thanks to the efforts of George H. Nash, there exists an unparalleled picture of Hoover’s world view, one long shared by many conservatives. Nash’s thorough and perceptive introduction shows why he remains America’s leading Hoover scholar.” - JUSTUS D. DOENECKE, author of Storm on the Horizon: The Challenge to American Intervention, 1939-1941
  11. 11. “A forcefully argued and well documented alternative to, and critique of, the conventional liberal historical narrative of America’s road to war and its war aims. Even readers comfortable with the established account will find themselves thinking that on some points the accepted history should be reconsidered and perhaps revised.” - JOHN EARL HAYNES, - author of Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America.
  12. 12. “Freedom Betrayed offers vivid proof of William Faulkner’s famous dictum that “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” For those who might think that history has settled the mantle of consensus around the events of the World War II era, Hoover’s iconoclastic narrative will come as an unsettling reminder that much controversy remains.
  13. 13. By turns quirky and astute, in prose that is often acerbic and unfailingly provocative, Hoover opens some old wounds and inflicts a few new ones of his own, while assembling a passionate case for the tragic errors of Franklin Roosevelt’s diplomacy.
  14. 14. - DAVID M. KENNEDY is professor of history emeritus at Stanford University and the author of Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 Freedom Betrayed is must-read for anyone interested in the most consequential upheaval of the twentieth century.”
  15. 15. Imagine spending 20 years writing and rewriting a monumental tome dissecting 20th-century global conflicts, only to have it sit in storage for nearly five more decades !
  16. 16. Such was the fate of the book Herbert Hoover called his Magnum Opus: a heavily documented effort to expose hidden aspects of U.S. foreign policy before, during and after World War II.
  17. 17. At last Freedom Betrayed, the manuscript that the 31st president completed in 1963, is in print (Hoover Institution Press).
  18. 18. Edited and introduced by historian George H. Nash, the 900-page memoir offers an encyclopaedia of uncomfortable truths that dull the gloss of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
  19. 19. Roosevelt engineered the U.S. entry into World War II despite public and congressional anti-war sentiment.
  20. 20. This, in the face of his 1940 campaign promise: "I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars."
  21. 21. In the author's view, the wise course would have been to let Russia's Stalin and Germany's Hitler —"destroy each other."
  22. 22. American territory was never threatened by the Germans, and even Western Europe would have remained unscathed had it not attempted to stop Germany's eastward push.
  23. 23. Instead, by partnering with Stalin to defeat Hitler, Roosevelt and Churchill gave communism legitimacy.
  24. 24. Worse, by acceding to the Russian dictator's territorial demands, they betrayed the very principles of universal self-determination they had proclaimed in the Atlantic Charter.
  25. 25. By November 1943, secret commitments by the Allies at their Tehran Conference constituted "the greatest blows to human freedom in this century."
  26. 26. The Soviet Union would be allowed to annex Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bessarabia, Bukovina and parts of Finland and Poland and to secure a periphery of "friendly border states."
  27. 27. Thus, fifteen nations were betrayed to Communism and the independent life and freedom they had enjoyed were snuffed out.
  28. 28. Hoover documents Roosevelt's repeated assurances to Stalin that he would do nothing to thwart Soviet ambitions.
  29. 29. Freedom Betrayed indicts Roosevelt for instigating the Pacific war as well:
  30. 30. His economic sanctions against Japan and shunning of Japanese peace overtures sparked the Pearl Harbour attack and ultimately the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki —"the act of unparalleled brutality in all American history."
  31. 31. Hoover cites other markers along the slippery slope of the Stalin alliance: the Yalta Conference agreement ceding the Kurile Islands and Sakhalin Island to Russia (in exchange for promised help, of dubious value, against Japan);
  32. 32. the broken agreement with Chinese nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek to consult him on matters pertaining to Asia; the loss of China and North Korea to communism.
  33. 33. One of the author's provocative questions: What part did Communist agents in U.S. government positions play in Roosevelt's policies?
  34. 34. Freedom Betrayed, resembles a prosecutor’s brief against Roosevelt —and against Winston Churchill as well — at the bar of history. Hoover’s “thunderbolt” now strikes— nearly a half-century after it was readied.
  35. 35. The former president’s interpretation of the conduct and consequences of the Second World War… challenges us to think afresh about our past.” - BERTRAND M. PATENAUDE, author of A Wealth of Ideas: Revelations from the Hoover Institution Archives
  36. 36. “Nearly fifty years after his death, Herbert Hoover returns as the ultimate revisionist historian, prosecuting his heavily documented indictment of US foreign policy before, during, and after the Second World War. Brilliantly edited by George Nash, Freedom Betrayed is as passionate as it is provocative.
  37. 37. Many no doubt will dispute Hoover’s strategic vision. But few can dispute the historical significance of this unique volume, published even as Americans of the twenty-first century debate their moral and military obligations.” - RICHARD NORTON SMITH is a presidential historian and author, former director of several presidential libraries, and Current scholar-in-residence at George Mason University
  38. 38. We need to understand the context of our history and rediscover the real facts, the real people and the real history - so that we might counter satan's deceptions of the nations. Facts are Stubborn Things
  39. 39. Dr. Peter Hammond Reformation Society P.O. Box 74 Newlands, 7725 Cape Town, South Africa Tel: (021) 689-4480 Fax: (021) 685-5884 Email: Website:
  40. 40. Dr. Peter Hammond Reformation Society P.O. Box 74 Newlands, 7725 Cape Town, South Africa Tel: (021) 689-4480 Fax: (021) 685-5884 Email: Website:
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