Magazine article New Internationalist

[Saving Private Power: The Hidden History of the "Good War"]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Saving Private Power: The Hidden History of the "Good War"]

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(Soft Skull Press, ISBN 1-887-128-45-X)

It isn't often that a Hollywood blockbuster inspires an impassioned polemic on global power, media distortion and the misappropriation of patriotism by big business. Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan so incensed Michael Zezima that he decided to evaluate its assumption that World War Two was a 'just' war.

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The result is Saving Private Power which questions the view that the US entered the war to end the Holocaust, to make the world a safer place, or to stop fascism. In fact, Zezima argues, quite the contrary was the case: US businesses traded with Hitler and Mussolini before and during the war and Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh were only the best-known of many avowed admirers of Hitler in the business community. Isolationist sentiments in the population were fostered and pushed towards anti-Semitism and racism. …

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