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THE UNSURPRISE OF WORLD WAR II By JAMES A. BEVACQUA
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Pearl Harbor was no surprise. In training exercises long before December 7, 1941, the Navy simulated Japanese attacks at Pearl Harbor, one as early as 1933. The designs and production facilities for... More > most of the aircraft and ships used in World War II were in the works by 1939. Producing bomb-grade uranium required gargantuan amounts of electricity, amounts that could only be delivered by the hydro-electric facilities of the TVA and Columbia River Project, both finished by 1939. Finally, Hollywood films prepared the public for patriotic sacrifice.< Less
JFK AND HIS ENEMIES By JAMES A. BEVACQUA
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Nixon, Johnson and Hoover hated wealthy, athletic, Ivy League “personality boys.” In addition, Cold Warriors everywhere viewed as “treasonous” Kennedy’s memorandum to... More > pull out of Vietnam, his memorandum calling for a joint moon landing with the Soviet Union, his nuclear test ban treaty, his respect for the United Nations, his informal liaisons with Castro and Khrushchev, and his desire to recognize Red China. Then there were racists who looked with disdain on his civil rights bill(323 pages).< Less
DEBUNKING MYTHS ABOUT THE ROMANS By JAMES A. BEVACQUA
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The typical American thinks that Roman emperors were decadent, Germanic barbarians suddenly invaded Italy and sacked Rome, Rome fell, Latin is a dead language, Roman soldiers were militarists, and... More > the Pantheon is unremarkable. They also think that American government is based more on Greek democracy than Roman republicanism, Alexander is greater than Caesar, Rome preferred slavery over equality, and Roman women were repressed. These and other popular myths about the ancient Romans are debunked in detail(264 pages).< Less
THE REAL LYNDON JOHNSON By JAMES A. BEVACQUA
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The real Lyndon Johnson was not a poor boy who made good, but from an illustrious Texas political family. He was spoiled rotten and universally disliked, but even as a child he craved power. Never... More > able to win popular affection, his specialty was secretly organizing misfits and marginal social types into a force which then stole power. Johnson affectionately called these coups “Hitlerized operations,” and they characterized his behavior in college, in Congress, in the Senate, and as Vice President(170 pages).< Less
THE IMPROBABILITY OF OSWALD By JAMES A. BEVACQUA
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Lee Harvey Oswald was a disturbed individual, even idiotic, but three reasons suggest he was not a lone gunman, or any gunman at all. First, he didn’t know how to fire a rifle with even... More > average accuracy. Second, having more than once admitted he disliked everybody, “he disliked Kennedy least.” Third, everybody seemed to use Lee, making him an easy “patsy.” Finally, the Warren Commission ignored evidence that would have prevented their conclusion from being “beyond all reasonable doubt(261 pages).”< Less