AMERICA CAN WIN by Major Malcolm Whe Nicholann
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One needs perspective on this book. At the time of reading, it is terrifying in its logical analysis of the fall of our assumption that England can win, that ""efforts short of war"" can be of real value, that America can defend itself, gra a German victory. On closing the book, the conclusions seem convincing but it is hard to take it -- the United States must declare war now, for its psychological value, for the deterrent effect it will have in some directions, the heartening effect in others: troops, even those in training, must be sent to quiet sectors the world over to relieve trained British troops needed elsewhere; our wholly inadequate supplies must all he put to immediate , to ave England from collapse when the real Spring offensive comes. The chapter picturing the possibilities of that offensive is a nightmare. The only thing that can avoid it is an active war on another front -- and perhaps the goslava are going to be the scape-goats that will turn the tide and give us all the time we need. The book is designed as a ""blue print for action"" -- an answer to the isolationists, the appeaers, the Lindberghs and the Wheelers. The author, a retired American army officer, of long and wide experience, does not hesitate to show the Ahilles' heel of our army, navy, merchant marine and air force (and the army is his particular bogy), for he says it is bogged down in bureaucracy. He pleads for a separate air force. He analyzes the situation in the Pacific and the importance of Singapore in the ultimate struggle with Japan. And he shows, in no shadowy terms, the horrors of a Nazi dominated world. Exciting and terrifying reading -- the substance carries over a somewhat haphazard writing and editing job. An alarmist book, undoubtedly, but perhaps it is just the stimulant to effort that is needed.

Publisher: Macmillan