Book #22: World War II: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today

This book pulls no punches.  Richard Maybury is the author of multiple books that force me to examine what I’ve always understood about history, politics and economics, but this was the first.  World War II: There Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today is a study of WWII from an economic standpoint and what he draws from his research and those of other historian/economists shocked me.

All based on actual documents unearthed with the Freedom of Information Act, the idea that the U.S. had to enter WWII is patently untrue, Maybury claims.  The war was basically over when Germany invaded Russia, but Maybury shares documents and evidence that points very convincingly that FDR would do anything it took to enter the war.  Even orchestrate the bombing on Pearl Harbor.

I’m no conspiracy theorist, but looking at the war not from a conspiracy standpoint, but an economic one, made me seriously examine what I’ve always thought I knew about it.  Eye-opening, paradigm-shifting, and definitely a book I’d like a WWII expert to read and give me a viewpoint on, it another look at something we all thought we knew something about.

Goodreads rating: 4 stars, but mostly because it feels so conspiratorial.  Not in tone, but because it’s information I’ve never heard before and it doesn’t put the Allies in a good light.  I want to know more.


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