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The Secret History of World War Two and its Aftermath



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Imagine spending 20 years writing and rewriting a monumental tome dissecting 20th century global conflicts, only to have it sit in storage for nearly five more decades! Such was the fate of the book Herbert Hoover called his Magnum Opus: a heavily documented effort to expose hidden aspects of U.S. foreign policy before, during and after World War II.


Uncomfortable Truths

At last Freedom Betrayed, the manuscript that America's 31st president completed in 1963, is in print (Hoover Institution Press). Edited and introduced by historian George H. Nash, the 900-page memoir offers an encyclopaedia of uncomfortable truths that seriously challenge the traditional views of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.


False Promises

Roosevelt engineered the U.S. entry into World War II, against the law of the land and despite public and congressional anti-war sentiment. This, despite his 1940 campaign promise: "I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars."



In the author's view, the wise course would have been to let Russia's Stalin and Germany's Hitler - "destroy each other." The colossal American military aid shipped to Stalin's Soviet Union was neither morally defensible, nor wise.



American territory was never threatened by Germany, and even Western Europe would have remained unscathed had it not attempted to stop Germany's eastward push.


Supporting Communism

Instead, by partnering with Stalin to defeat Hitler, Roosevelt and Churchill gave communism legitimacy, and provided the essential support that prevented the Soviet Union from collapsing as Operation Barbarossa was launched.



Worse, by acceding to the Soviet dictator's territorial demands, they betrayed the very principles of universal self-determination they had proclaimed in The Atlantic Charter.


Catastrophic Betrayal

By November 1943, secret commitments by the Allies at their Tehran Conference constituted "the greatest blows to human freedom in this century."


Appeasing Communism

The Soviet Union would be allowed to annex Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bessarabia, Bukovina and parts of Finland and Poland and to secure a periphery of "friendly border states."


Behind the Iron Curtain

Thus, fifteen nations, and over 100 million Christians, were betrayed to Communism and the independent life and freedom they had enjoyed were snuffed out.


Stalin's Ambitions

Hoover documents Roosevelt's repeated assurances to Stalin that he would do nothing to thwart Soviet ambitions.


Provoking War in the Pacific

Freedom Betrayed indicts Roosevelt for instigating the Pacific war as well: His economic sanctions against Japan and shunning of Japanese peace overtures sparked the Pearl Harbour attack and ultimately led to the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - "an act of unparalleled brutality in all American history."


Selling Out China to Communism

Hoover cites other markers along the slippery slope of the Stalin alliance: the Yalta Conference agreement ceding the Kurile Islands and Sakhalin Island to Russia (in exchange for promised help, of dubious value, against Japan); the broken agreement with Chinese nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek to consult him on matters pertaining to Asia; the loss of China and North Korea to communism.


Communist Infiltration

One of the author's provocative questions includes: What part did Communist agents in U.S. government positions play in Roosevelt's policies? The United States Administration of FDR was riddled with communist agents.



The culmination of an extraordinary literary project that Herbert Hoover launched during World War II, his "Magnum Opus" - at last published nearly fifty years after its completion - offers a revisionist re-examination of the war and its Cold War aftermath and a sweeping indictment of the "lost statesmanship" of Franklin Roosevelt.


Expanding the Soviet Empire

Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath originated as a volume of Hoover's memoirs, a book initially focused on his battle against President Roosevelt's foreign policies before Pearl Harbour. As time went on and events unfolded however, Hoover widened his scope to include Roosevelt's disastrous foreign policies during the war, as well as the war's consequences: the expansion of the Soviet empire at war's end and the eruption of the Cold War.


Critical Questions

On issue after issue, Hoover raises crucial questions that continue to be debated to this day:


Undeclared War

Did Franklin Roosevelt deceitfully manoeuvre the United States into an undeclared, and unconstitutional, naval war with Germany even before 1941?


Appeasing Communism

Did he unnecessarily appease Joseph Stalin at the pivotal Tehran conference in 1943?


Communist Subversion

Did communist agents and sympathizers in the White House, Department of State, and Department of the Treasury play a malign role in America's wartime decisions?


Think Again

Hoover raises numerous arguments that challenge us to think again about our past. Whether, or not one ultimately accepts his arguments, the exercise of confronting them will be worthwhile to all.


Humanitarian President

Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) was president of the United States from 1929 to 1933. An internationally acclaimed humanitarian, he was the author of more than thirty books and founder of The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace.




A Shocking Expos

"The work, edited by historian George Nash, is an extended excoriation of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and his foreign policy... the words will be jarring to many who today regard World War II in uniformly heroic terms." Tim Ferguson, Forbes


One of the Key Historic Documents

"A remarkably well-researched, heavily footnoted revisionist history seems destined to become one of the key historical documents of the mid-20th century, challenging many long-accepted interpretations of events." James E. Person Jr, The Washington Times


A Searing Indictment

"Freedom Betrayed is a searing indictment of FDR and the men around him as politicians who lied prodigiously about their desire to keep America out of war, even as they took one deliberate step after another to take us into war." Pat Buchanan, "Did FDR Provoke Pearl Harbour?", Townhall.com



"In its sharp dissent from the conventional understanding of the mid-twentieth century, Herbert Hoover's book succeeds in bringing that history back to life and in forcing us to think about it in ways that will surely be unfamiliar to many." Tom Bethell, "Revisionist History That Matters", The American Spectator



"Freedom Betrayed is the work of a serious student of history, and is heavily researched and footnoted. Its publication is a monumental moment in the history of presidential writings, and Nash deserves credit for his persistence and dedication in shaping it." Gerald J. Russello, "Herbert Hoover, Revisionist", The University Bookman



"What an amazing historical find! Historian George H. Nash, the dean of Herbert Hoover studies, has brought forth a very rare manuscript in Freedom Betrayed. Here is Hoover unplugged, delineating on everything from the 'lost statesmanship' of FDR to the Korean War. A truly invaluable work of presidential history. Highly recommended." Douglas Brinkley is professor of History at Rice University and editor of The Reagan Diaries


Unparalleled and Perceptive

"Finally, after waiting for close to half a century, we now have Hoover's massive and impassioned account of American foreign policy from 1933 to the early 1950s. Thanks to the efforts of George H. Nash, there exists an unparalleled picture of Hoover's world view, one long shared by many conservatives. Nash's thorough and perceptive introduction shows why he remains America's leading Hoover scholar." Justus D. Doenecke, author of Storm on the HorizonThe Challenge to American Intervention, 1939-1941


Road to War and Ruin

"A forcefully argued and well documented alternative to, and critique of, the conventional liberal historical narrative of America's road to war and its war aims. Even readers comfortable with the established account will find themselves thinking that on some points the accepted history should be reconsidered and perhaps revised." John Earl Haynes, author of Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America


Tragic Consequences Exposed

"Freedom Betrayed offers vivid proof of William Faulkner's famous dictum that "The past is never dead. It's not even past. For those who might think that history has settled the mantle of consensus around the events of the World War II era, Hoover's iconoclastic narrative will come as an unsettling reminder that much controversy remains. By turns quirky and astute, in prose that is often acerbic and unfailingly provocative, Hoover opens some old wounds and inflicts a few new ones of his own, while assembling a passionate case for the tragic errors of Franklin Roosevelt's diplomacy. Not all readers will be convinced, but Freedom Betrayed is must-read for anyone interested in the most consequential upheaval of the twentieth century." David M. Kennedy is professor of History emeritus at Stanford University and the author of Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War1929�1945


Serving Soviet Expansionism

"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


An Indictment of U.S. Foreign Policy

"Nearly fifty years after his death, Herbert Hoover returns as the ultimate revisionist historian, prosecuting his heavily documented indictment of US foreign policy before, during, and after the Second World War. Brilliantly edited by George Nash, Freedom Betrayed is as passionate as it is provocative. Many no doubt will dispute Hoover's strategic vision. But few can dispute the historical significance of this unique volume, published even as Americans of the twenty-first century debate their moral and military obligations." Richard Norton Smith is a presidential historian and author, former director of several presidential libraries, and current scholar-in-residence at George Mason University.


"Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted, Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition" 1 Corinthians 10:6-11


Dr. Peter Hammond
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See also:

How Capitalists Saved Communism from Collapse

The Greatest Killer

Death by Government

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