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This is a story not previously available in English about Polish airmen in England at the time of the Battle of Britain. It's a story well known by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and those in England at the time who were literally saved from German invasion by them, but now mainly lost in the more popular histories of World War II.
Ken Follett is an acquired taste that I had not acquired; however, when I heard that he had written an epic novel about the roots and consequences of World War I, I volunteered to review it. I'm glad I did. World War I has largely faded from popular memory; it is the only war that has no major monument in Washington. That is tragic because it was the root of everything that followed in the 20th century, and much of what we now live in the new millennium.
Virtually every adult in the Western world is by now aware of the barbarities committed by Hitler's Germany. A smaller number recognize that Stalin also was guilty of many atrocities. What Yale professor Timothy Snyder has now provided is a detailed recounting of the massive bloodletting in the lands between Germany and the Soviet Union before and during World War II.
"Clearly, some bad scientists are just greedy opportunists who care about only their own well-being. But those who fervently believe their own rhetoric about saving humanity may be even more dangerous," writes John Horgan at the Scientific American blog Cross-check.
"You may wonder why the incessant harping on whether Hitler was an atheist, or why it doesn't matter that Stalin was, or that there is no correlation between atheism and acts of wickedness. [Richard] Dawkins goes through this so often, and so intensely, that it is not hard to speculate on whom he is really trying to convince," writes "The Venerable Bede" at Venerable Beads.
As leftists gain confidence with their stranglehold on Congress, the media and the White House, it is getting easier all the time to identify their suicidal tendencies. Common-sense Americans are increasingly waking up to the Obama fan club that hates entrepreneurialism, capitalism and the American Dream of excellence.
How did the European left rationalize communism's crimes and transform itself into a viable political force after the fall of the Soviet Union? It's all explained in "Last Exit to Utopia: The Survival of Socialism in a Post-Soviet Era."