WE CAN WIN THIS WAR by W. P. Kernan
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WE CAN WIN THIS WAR

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But we can also lose it, says the author of the best-selling Defense Will Not Win The War. The outcome depends on the use of strategy, in the application of which Germany has never excelled, and the avoidance of dependence on tactics in which the Prussian military machine has led the world for two hundred years. This book is a sharp indictment of the United Nations' procedure from Munich to Tunisia, Kernan feels that both in North Africa and at Guadalcanal we are doing just what the enemy wants, nibbling at the rim, while striking at the hub alone can win the war. He criticises the policy of bombing tactics and urges continental invasion at any point as preferable. He points out the danger in America's flair for super-efficient administration -- postponement of action until the blue print is complete, while Hitler uses the time to his own advantage. He allows no dispute of the necessity of defeating the German war machine on the field of battle, regardless of human and material cost, before going out 100 in the Pacific. He says we must have a revolution of thought at home -- we must recognize that in our own politico-economic pattern lies defeat, that this is a socio-biological war. Hitler is over-extended -- now is the time -- already ""It is later than we think"". The final chapter strikes a resounding note of militant Christianity. A challenging book, but I don't think it is quite as saleable as Defense Will Not Win The War. That gave the public a slogan. The public is already too sure that We Can Win This War. But this book will wake them up so go to it.

Pub Date: April 12th, 1943
Publisher: Little, Brown