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Antoine Capet

Jul 13, 2021, 10:33:25 AM7/13/21
RHS May 2021 NewsletterDear All,

Just out :

Published on behalf of the Royal Historical Society


With all best wishes,

Antoine CAPET, FRHistS
Professor emeritus of British Studies
University of Rouen
76821 Mont-Saint-Aignan

'Britain since 1914' Section Editor
Royal Historical Society Bibliography

Reviews Editor of CERCLES

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Antoine Capet

Jul 18, 2021, 12:51:04 PM7/18/21
Dear All,

Seen by chance on Amazon UK today :

Winston Churchill: His Times, His Crimes
Hardcover – 3 May 2022
by Tariq Ali (Author)

The subject of numerous biographies and history books, Winston Churchill has
been repeatedly voted as one of the greatest of Englishmen. Even today,
Boris Johnson in his failing attempts to be magisterial, has adopted many of
his hero's mannerism! And, as Tariq Ali agrees, Churchill was undoubtedly
right in 1940-41 to refuse to capitulate to fascism. However, he was also
one of the staunchest defenders of empire and of Britain's imperial
doctrine. In this coruscating biography, Tariq Ali challenges Churchill's
vaulted record. Throughout his long career as journalist, adventurer, MP,
military leader, statesman, and historian, nationalist self belief
influenced Churchill's every step, with catastrophic effects. As a young man
he rode into battle in South Africa, Sudan and India in order to maintain
the Imperial order. As a minister during the first World War, he was
responsible for a series of calamitous errors that cost thousands of lives.
His attempt to crush the Irish nationalists left scars that have not yet
healed. Despite his record as a defender of his homeland during the Second
World War, he was willing to sacrifice more distant domains. Singapore fell
due to his hubris. Over 3 Millions Bengalis starved in 1943 as a consequence
of his policies. As a peace time leader, even as the Empire was starting to
crumble, Churchill never questioned his imperial philosophy as he became one
of the architects of the postwar world we live in today.

Older British List Members will remember Tariq Ali's fame as a radical
student activist in the 1960s.
Others can look at his biography on Wikipedia :

Lee Pollock

Jul 20, 2021, 11:16:46 AM7/20/21
This is scheduled for publication in the U.S. next May.

Not hard to imagine what the gist of the book will can almost write the review in advance.

Tariq Ali is a prolific writer although not as well known in the US.  One of his efforts a few years ago was titled "On History: Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone in Conversation" which should have more accurately been "Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone Make Up History."

He didn't like Barack Obama either:  

Best regards,

Lee Pollock

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