(He does look possessed!)
I’m almost finished with Pat Buchanan’s “The Unnecessary War”; it’s an in-depth commentary on the World Wars from the perspective of someone who blames Churchill and Chamberlain for both as well as the subsequent downfall of the modern west.
I’m fond of his commentary, but he makes out like Churchill was demon possessed. Fair or not, it’s hard to see the secretary of state (and later Prime Minister) in a good light. Every time the chance arose to preserve Europe, he worked to block it; he strove for war. Perhaps WWII wouldn’t have taken place at all had Chamberlain and Churchill not backed Polish petulance? But that’s neither here nor there. Western Civilization has marched on down the road of history and there’s no stopping it.
I’ll be going back in time a bit for my next book. I think it’s time I give Tolstoy’s masterpiece “War and Peace” a chance.
I told my mom I was about to read it and she asked… “Why??”
Well, it’ll make me feel better about the quality of my liberal self-education if I do. And who knows, maybe it’ll touch me? There’s got to be some reason it’s a famous part of the Western canon. It’ll be nice to get a Russian perspective of the Napoleonic wars.
Anyone read it before?
Any suggestions about what to expect or how to slog through?