Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World

State War, Threats

Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World

Dramatically recreates a sequence of ten decisions made by six major leaders between May 1940 and December 1941 that reshaped human destiny, from Churchill’s war cabinet’s choice to continue fighting after the German blitzkrieg defeat of France and Hitler’s attack on the Soviet Union to Hitler’s declaration of war on the U.S. and his subsequent decision to eliminate Jewish citizens.

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Sacred Causes: The Clash of Religion and Politics, from the Great War to the War on Terror

State War, Threats

Sacred Causes: The Clash of Religion and Politics, from the Great War to the War on Terror

Beginning with the chaotic post–World War I landscape in which religious belief was one way of reordering a world knocked off its axis, Sacred Causes is a penetrating critique of how religion has often been camouflaged by politics. All the bloody regimes and movements of the 20th century are masterfully captured here, from Stalin’s Soviet Union, Hitler’s Germany, Mussolini’s Italy, and Franco’s Spain to the war on terror. With style and sophistication, Michael Burleigh shows how the churches, in their various guises, have been swayed by–and contributed to–conflicting secular currents.

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The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism

Genocide, Threats

The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism

When Hitler published Mein Kampf in 1924, he held up a foreign law as a model for his program of racial purification: The U.S. Immigration Restriction Act of 1924, which prohibited the immigration of those with hereditary illnesses and entire ethnic groups. When the Nazis took power in 1933, they installed a program of eugenics–the attempted “improvement” of the population through forced sterilization and marriage controls–that consciously drew on the U.S. example. By then, many American states had long had compulsory sterilization laws for “defectives,” upheld by the Supreme Court in 1927.

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