Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s Secret History of the Second World War and Its AftermathGeorge H. Nash
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“Herbert Hoover's ”Freedom Betrayed“ is a bracing work of historical revisionism that takes aim at U.S. foreign policy under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Part memoir and part diplomatic history, Hoover's magnum opus seeks to expose the ”lost statesmanship“ that, in Hoover's eyes, needlessly drew the United States into the Second World War and, in the aftermath, facilitated the rise to global power of its ideological rival, the Soviet Union. ”Freedom Betrayed", as George Nash asserts in his astute and authoritative introduction, resembles a prosecutor's brief against Roosevelt—and against Winston Churchill as well— at the bar of history. Thanks to Nash's impressive feat of reconstruction, Hoover's “thunderbolt” now strikes—nearly a half-century after it was readied. The former president's interpretation of the conduct and consequences of the Second World War will not entirely persuade most readers. Yet, as Nash testifies, like the best kind of revisionist history, “Freedom Betrayed” “challenges us to think afresh about our past.” —“BERTRAND M. PATENAUDE”“, author of” A Wealth of Ideas: Revelations from the Hoover Institution Archives