revisionist books that challenge our biases

Ever wonder if the one-sided view of events presented to us in history class or on these “history” channels on TV is the whole truth?  The court historians who write the history texts only repeat what they have been exposed to.  We need historians who are willing to dig deeper and broaden the scope of their inquires without fear of being ostracized or shamed for what they may find.  In other words, we need historians who are free of bias, capable of being objective, and who are truly desirous of getting to the whole truth in their research, and will let the uncovered facts speak for themselves.  Since we only get a one-sided, biased take on history (that which has occurred), the current historiography needs to be challenged and re-evaluated.  Some of the accepted historical accounts need to be critically re-examined.  Thus, there is a need for non-biased, objective revisionism in history.

Thankfully, there are many good, well researched revisionist works of history on a number of topics and periods.  But, revisionist works (books, recorded talks, video documentaries) are under constant attack and are becoming harder to obtain.  (Recall the book banning on Amazon in March of this year of many books that dared to ask questions about – and provided evidence that contradicted – the officially accepted account of the holocaust.)  One may wonder if suppressed truth becomes dangerous to established interests once it is brought to light.

Currently, I am reading 2 books that just arrived from Amazon marketplace sellers.  Let’s take a brief look at both.  These 2 titles are still available on Amazon both as new books, and with copies in used condition for a lower price.



The Devil’s Handiwork – A Victims’ View of ‘Allied’ War Crimes.  (2008, 260 pages, publisher: The Barnes Review)  This book was edited by John Tiffany but the chapters were previously published separately over a number of years by Reverend Major Herbert Brown (now deceased), who had had both a military career in the US (1929 – 1955) and was later a Christian minister.

The emphasis is on World War II era crimes but there are other Allied crimes discussed from other periods.  A partial listing of the Allied crimes covered includes: the forced expulsions from the East of 14 million ethnic Germans beginning late in the war and continuing after the end of the war in 1945 which was neither orderly nor humane (census figures cited in the works of James Bacque show a large decrease in the German population after 1945), the Dresden firestorm (hundreds of thousands of civilians perished), the British crimes against the Boers in South Africa, Union crimes committed against the people of the Confederacy (1860s), the invasion of Lebanon in 1982 (Israel’s actions with the blessing of the US), the Holodomor in the Ukraine in 1932-3 (Stalin’s manmade famine to starve to death those who resisted his forced collectivization of agriculture in the Soviet Union),  The POW camps along the Rhine River (General Eisenhower’s policy of starvation of disarmed German soldiers after the end of hostilities which led to the deaths of over one million Germans), the mass rapes (2 million (likely many more) women and girls) committed in the East by the Red Army in late 1944 and much of 1945, the Stuttgart Atrocity when the Senegalese soldiers fighting under the French shut down a subway station and raped 4,000 women and girls, and the Katyn Forest massacre (Soviet crime).

There are 2 notable quotes in the frontispiece and just after the title page of the book.  We share these now.

“Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.”  – Alexander Solzhenitsyn


“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.” – Ernest Hemingway

The copy I received appears to have been previously owned by an older German lady (the pages retain the fragrance of the perfumes favored by older women).  There are hand written notes in the margins on some pages and photocopies of relevant newspaper clippings were found inserted between the pages in a number of chapters of the book.  The brief handwritten notes on Dresden give the ages of her mother (then 33 in February 1945) and apparently her older siblings.  There is a phrase telling that her family left Dresden on the 8th and were 6 km away when the terror bombings took place on 13 – 15 February 1945.  We are guessing that this woman, former owner of this copy of the book, may have been born after the war in the late 1940s, and eventually emigrated to the US.

We were aware of many of these crimes and outrages through reading revisionist books and articles over the past 25 years.  This book is very helpful for the interested student or reader as it brings together in a single volume so much information that previously was scattered or spread over many articles and books.  Reader discretion is advised because of the very inhumane details of the events that are brought to light.

These significant events and actions have been effectively hidden (or deliberately minimized, trivialized) from Western students and readers for several decades.  These inconvenient facts show that the Allies have not been such “good guys” after all.  The peace achieved by the Allies after their wars has often not been a just nor sustainable nor humane peace.  As well, much that is suppressed would tell us more about why wars are fought, and who strives to foment armed conflicts and who benefits from all the suffering inflicted upon humanity through these terrible wars and their aftermath.  We must say that the accepted history much of the time is propaganda or fake history.  What is buried and kept hidden from the students and the public can correctly be called forbidden history and/or hidden history.

Now, let’s very quickly consider the second book we recently received.



How Britain Initiated Both World Wars, by Nick Kollerstrom, PhD.  Transcription of a talk given to the London 9/11 Keeptalking Group on March 3rd 2016, with slides.  (2017, 95 pages)

Sure to be “controversial” this short book looks at, in 2 sections, how World War One was brought about, and how World War Two was initiated.  From the back cover: ” . . . It is, to be sure, an anti-war polemic.”

We include one relevant quote from the book, in fact the opening paragraph:

“THIS ISN’T ABOUT the history of the wars, or about who are the good guys and who are the bad guys, but it concerns the concept of initiating a world war – a very extraordinary concept – and who wanted it, who wanted it to happen.  We do not accept that it just happened by itself, and I will try and argue that a will to war-initiation came from this country, and not some other country.”  emphasis in original

Wow!  This is a book to challenge our biases.  (We were all taught of German villainy and complete culpability for both world wars.)  We look forward to reading it.  And, because of the author’s courage in going in a bold new direction in his inquiry, we recommend this work as it is no doubt thought provoking.

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  1. Great recommendations. I’m particularly interested in the latter one. I’ve been aware how Germany wasn’t completely responsible for World War One, but for WW2 as well (apart from stuff like the Treaty of Versailles being too brutal on Germany)? I’d very much like to see what this guy has to say.

    1. Yes, the reviews of the book were favorable. It is refreshing to see writers and speakers who can broach tabu topics. Revisionism is somewhat in vogue in some circles. The main point in much of this is understanding why and how nations and peoples are stampeded into such terribly destructive wars that add so much to human suffering.

  2. Great read and well thought out. As more history is revised, the more we will lose the purpose of remembering history, and the mistakes that could have been avoided will certainly be revisited.

    1. Methinks you mean something like the more history is hidden, distorted or falsified we will lose the purpose of remembering history ….

      If revisionists bring history into accord with the facts, then we will learn, or at least have the opportunity to learn the correct lessons from history and may be able to avoid the same mistakes in the future.

      1. Yes, that is exactly what I mean. To the victors the spoils and the history as well it seems. I remember a discussion when I was in school decades ago about Missouri’s role in the Civil War. The elected government that was pro-slavery was exiled and replaced by a Union puppet government. The question at the time was, “Which was the actual government?” Well, since the Union won it was decided that the puppet government was the actual “legal” government. I still ponder that to this day.

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