CHARLES A. LINDBERGH AND THE BATTLE AGAINST AMERICAN INTERVENTION IN WORLD WAR II by Wayne S. Cole

CHARLES A. LINDBERGH AND THE BATTLE AGAINST AMERICAN INTERVENTION IN WORLD WAR II

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Clearly and reverently, this book describes how folk hero Lindbergh promoted an alliance between Nazi Germany and the capitalist West against Asiatic Bolsheviks. This effort on behalf of ""the white races"" is described in terms of the euphemism ""nonintervention."" Professor Cole maps Lindbergh's dashes with other ""noninterventionists"" based on the Colonel's refusal to tone down his pro-German sentiments. (He was, however, dissuaded from moving to Berlin just after the 1938 pogroms.) The author not only endorses Lindbergh's exaggeration of Luftwaffe power, but denounces rude journalists as ""barbaric"" while coolly documenting Lindbergh's microscopic differences with Hitler. Perhaps, as he insists, it was unfair to denounce Lindbergh's one public attack on pro-war American Jews as anti-Semitic. Yet Cole himself also quotes a Lindberg reference to Germany's ""Jewish problem."" Much hypocrisy was certainly involved in the Rooseveltled ruling faction's push for war against the wishes of a majority of citizens. But for all its wideeyed grassroots tone, the book makes explicit the actively pro-Nazi content of the ""see no evil beyond our shores"" pitch by Lindbergh and fellow advocates of an anti-Communist replacement for the anti-fascist war.

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 1974
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich