Harry Elmer Barnes (ed.):
for Perpetual Peace
A Critical Examination of the Foreign Policy of Franklin Delano
Roosevelt and its Aftermath
This book is one of those rare historical classics that serve as guides not merely to
the past, but to the future. Forty years after it was first published (in 1953), it
remains the most authoritative, and the most comprehensive, revisionist account
of the real causes and the actual results of America's entry into the Second World
War. The work of eight outstanding American historians and researchers, under
the editorial leadership of the brilliant historical polymath and controversialist
Harry Elmer Barnes, this book is more than the "critical examination of the
foreign policy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt" promised in its subtitle: it is a
scholarly exposé, measured and relentless, of the calculated deceit by which FDR
overturned America's traditional neutrality policy, provoked Pearl Harbor (while
forcing his soldiers and sailors to shoulder the blame), and waged a brutal,
pointless war, which culminated in mass slaughter at Dresden and Hiroshima and
betrayal of America and the West at Yalta and Potsdam.
This work establishes convincingly that America's participation in the Second
World War was neither necessary, nor desirable. But already in 1953, Barnes
predicted that America would continue to be embroiled in military adventures and
alarms around the globe as a result of U.S. imperialism.
Today, almost half a century after VE-Day and VJ-Day, the long road back to the
foreign policy by which America flourished strong and free begins by establishing
the facts and righting the record on our intervention into the Second World War.
For that, there is no better tool than this book.
(740 pages, 14 x 21.5 cm, paperback.)