WWII: Debunking the Myths of “The Greatest War”

September 17th, 2020 - by Greta Zarro / World BEYOND War

A New Book and a Forthcoming Online Course

Greta Zarro / World BEYOND War

(September 16, 2020) — World BEYOND War is excited to announce our much-awaited online course on Debunking the Myths of World War II, starting October 5! The course will explore why WWII was not fought to rescue anyone from persecution, was not necessary for defense, was the most damaging and destructive event yet to occur, and could have been prevented by avoiding any of several bad decisions. This promises to be a lively discussion! 
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Greta Zarro is the Organizing Director of World BEYOND War

Leaving World War II Behind

A new book by David Swanson / World BEYOND War

Initial Reviews

 “This is a book of wide synthesis and trenchant commentary. Keep it near to hand for those all-too-frequent moments when you hear someone using World War II to justify yet another horrific military adventure.”Nicholson Baker, author, Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, The End of Civilization

“Swanson demolishes the myths by amassing a huge number of facts, all carefully documented, and leaves us the true, if unpalatable but liberating, history of WWII.” — Kent D. Shifferd, author, From War To Peace: A Guide To The Next Hundred Years

“If you, like me, thought that WWII was the exceptional ‘good war,’ think again. David Swanson brilliantly cuts through the myths surrounding WWII, and in the process cuts through the fog of all wars.”Medea Benjamin, cofounder, CODEPINK for Peace

“David Swanson passionately debunks many of the common arguments used to justify the horrific violence of WWII.”Scott J. Shapiro, Professor, Yale Law School, coauthor, The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World

“This is a brave, passionate, brilliant book, which should be read by anyone who gives a damn about humanity’s future.”John Horgan, science journalist and author, The End of War

“David Swanson shatters all the self-congratulatory distortions that justified US participation in the ‘good war’ of WWII.”Ajamu Baraka, contributing columnist for the Black Agenda Report

“Leaving World War II Behind is a must read for everyone who works for peace.”Margaret Kimberley, author, Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents

“In this book, revealing the hidden history of even our so-called ‘just war,’ Swanson will hopefully shock and awaken enough of us to reject war for all time.”Thom Hartmann, author and radio host

“David Swanson’s latest, revelatory book challenges a long list of pervasive myths enshrined in both U.S. history books and Hollywood movies. Like a present-day Morpheus, Swanson invites readers to choose the ‘red pill’ that strips away the false matrix of morality from ‘The Great War.’ Swanson’s 18 chapters expose scores of uncomfortable truths. One example: Hitler’s rise was abetted by some of America’s most powerful corporations and business leaders. Wars are no longer waged for territory, Swanson notes: ‘they’re waged for weapons sales, fossil fuels, lusts for power, and bragging rights.’”Gar Smith, co-founder of Environmentalists Against War and author of Nuclear Roulette and The War and Environment Reader 

Leaving World War II Behind

By David Swanson

Table of Contents

  1. What WWII has to do with military spending
    2. WWII was not fought to save anyone from death camps
    3. WWII did not have to happen
    4. The United States did not have to develop and promote the dangerous bunk science of eugenics
    5. The United States did not have to develop the practice of racist segregation
    6. The United States did not have to develop practices of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and concentration of people on reservations
    7. The United States did not have to fund and arm the Nazis
    8. The United States did not have to prioritize opposing the Soviet Union
    9. The United States did not have to develop the pledge of allegiance and the one-arm salute
    10. The United States welcomed Nazis into the US military
    11. The United States did not have to engage in an arms race with Japan
    12. WWII does not prove that violence is needed for defense
    13. WWII was the worst thing humanity has done to itself and the earth in any short period of time
    14. WWII in western culture is a dangerous set of myths
    15. There was resistance to WWII in the United States
    16. WWII created taxes
    17. The world has changed: Hitler is not coming to get us
    18. WWII and the case for war abolition

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About the Author

ISBN paperback: 978-1-7347837-5-9
ISBN e-books: 978-1-7347837-4-2
Words: 97,694. Pages: 298. Endnotes: 571
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