REPORT ON NORTH AFRICA by Kenneth G. Crawford


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This is not a ""repeat"" on the previous books about North Africa and the invasion, but the first comprehensive analysis of the political implications, and for that reason, news. Crawford replaced another reporter assigned to North Africa, and traveled to his temporary assignment via convoy. His book is intended to offset and combat criticism on the home front: he given specific reasons as to why things happened as they did, and how the policy of expediency produced results and spared civil war. He admits the lack of reform or welfare policies: he concedes that moral values were weighed in the light of ultimate victory, that the inevitable mistakes were not as serious as represented: he presents an interpretative account of the complex diplomatic, political maneuverings, in combination with logistics and front line action. There are interviews, accounts, descriptions, analyses of all the figures involved: there is a good deal about the Arabs, the Jewish persecutions: the intricacies of the higher-ups; the concentration camps and political prisoners; appointments and their meanings. From the first negotiations and deals to the ensuing economic, financial and social arrangements, here are explanatory footnotes to previous books of action on the African front. A series of articles by Demaree Bess has been running in the SEF, the line very much what Crawford's line is in this book. This is for that market, and for those who want to read all sides of the argument for the Four Freedoms, war objectives, and so on.

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 1943
Publisher: Farrar & Rinehart