by Jim Powell
A book subtitled, “How Woodrow Wilson’s Great Blunder Led to Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, and World War II” creates high expectations. In Wilson’s War, Jim Powell delivers on these expectations. Powell’s thesis is clear – that Woodrow Wilson’s involvement of the United States in World War I had dire consequences. Powell shows how American diplomats helped to set the stage for the Communist revolution in Russia, how American involvement helped to turn a would-be negotiated peace between the Allies and Germany into a vindictive treaty which would set in motion events that would lead to the rise of the Nazis and World War II. Even with all of this to prove, Powell’s main point is even more broad – that military interventionism always has unintended consequences which are not foreseen. Wilson’s War is as much a case study of the dangers of military intervention as it is a work of history. On both counts, it is a vitally important book.
Praise for Wilson’s War
“That government intervention can have unintended consequences is nowhere more true than in foreign policy. Wilson’s War brings the lesson home in a way Americans today can ill afford to ignore. Read this absorbing and critically important book.” – Tom Woods, author of Rollback
“In a learned exposition of the Law of Unintended Consequences, Jim Powell shows how U.S. intervention into World War I strengthened the hand of Soviet Communism and led directly to the rise of Hitler and World War II. Wilson’s War exposes how America’s court historians have misled the public for generations.” —Tom DiLorenzo, author of The Real Lincoln
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