Harry Elmer Barnes

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace

A classic collection of historical revisionist essays edited by Harry Elmer Barnes dealing with the astonishing duplicity of American foreign policy leading up to the Second World War. Actually 9 books in 1, this work will forever change your understanding of how America was dragged into that war.


Chapter 1. Revisionism and the Historical Blackout by Harry Elmer Barnes. This details the methods used by the enemies of truth to suppress those historians who dare to lift the veil on reasons for world events, focusing specifically on America’s entry into both World Wars.

Chapter 2. The United States and the Road to War in Europe by Dr Charles Callan Tansill, reveals how the betrayal of President Wilson’s Fourteen Points and the terms of the Armistice of November 11, 1918, laid the basis for the Second World War. Professor Tansill describes the deliberate policies which successive Allied governments followed which could result only in the outbreak of a new conflict; and of how American hostility increased as Hitler opposed Jewish influence in Germany.

Chapter 3. Roosevelt Is Frustrated in Europe by Dr Frederic R Sanborn. This section reveals FDR’s anti-German policy in Europe and his unsuccessful efforts to directly enter the war through the “front door.” By 1941, Roosevelt decided to force America into war through the “back door” of the Far East by a manipulation of Japanese-American relations.

Chapter 4: How American Policy toward Japan Contributed to War in the Pacific by Dr. William L. Neumann, provides an overview of Roosevelt’s foreign policy initiatives which were designed to drive Japan into the war, which would serve as a spark to enter the war in Europe. These policies included an embargo which was nothing less than the economic strangulation of Japan, a policy which the American naval authorities advised against because they knew it would lead to war and that the US navy was not yet ready for such a conflict. Japan, given the alternative of economic starvation or war, chose to fight, just as Roosevelt and Hull expected and hoped she would do.

Chapter 5: Japanese-American Relations, 1921–1941; The Pacific Back Road to War by Dr Charles Callan Tansill. A complete account of Roosevelt’s rejection of all Japanese peace overtures from 1933 to the end of 1941, and of how he ultimately succeeded in needling the Japanese into the decision to attack Pearl Harbor.

Chapter 6. The Actual Road to Pearl Harbor by George Morgenstern. A detailed account of the antecedents of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which casts aside the lies and whitewashing around the event. The cracking of the Japanese code and diplomatic messages revealed that Roosevelt and his henchmen knew exactly when, and where, the Japanese would attack, and deliberately did not warn the commander at Pearl Harbor so as to maximize the shock effect to create a war footing in America and undo the isolationist efforts. December 7 may have been a “day of infamy,” but the infamy was not all that of Japan.

Chapter 7: The Pearl Harbor Investigations by Percy L. Greaves, Jr., is the only thorough and searching account of the various investigations of the responsibility for the Pearl Harbor disaster. This includes the previously confidential report by Secretary of the Navy William Franklin Knox, who flew to Hawaii immediately after the disaster and reported to the president about a week later. Knox stated that the Pearl Harbor commanders could not be held responsible for the tragedy since they had not been supplied with the secret information about the impending Japanese attack which had been intercepted in Washington. Also included are reviews of the other numerous official investigations into the incident which proved over and over again the shocking duplicity of the Roosevelt Administration towards the Japanese and the American public.

Chapter 8: The Bankruptcy of a Policy by William Henry Chamberlin, reveals the physical and monetary cost of Roosevelt’s lies which brought his country into the Second World War against the wishes of at least 80 percent of the American people. “In order to promote Roosevelt’s political ambitions and his mendacious foreign policy some 3,000 American boys were quite needlessly butchered at Pearl Harbor.” The writer recounts the manner in which Roosevelt lied America into war, from the destroyer-base deal of September 1940 to Secretary Hull’s ultimatum of November 26, 1941. Public assurances of peaceful intent were paralleled throughout by policies and actions deliberately and effectively designed to bring the US into war. Chamberlin exposes the bogus scare campaign that was based on the allegation that Hitler planned to conquer and occupy the United States as soon as he had disposed of Britain and Russia.

Chapter 9:  American Foreign Policy in the Light of National Interest at the Mid-Century by Dr. George A. Lundberg. This section investigates the bearing and effects of the Roosevelt-Truman global foreign policy on the national interest of the United States, and in particular how it reversed the tradition of American isolationism into one of taking on the role of “world policeman”—a policy which has led to an ever-increasing series of disasters for the American people.

Chapter 10: Summary and Conclusion by Harry Elmer Barnes.

539 pages. Paperback.


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Harry Elmer Barnes

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