Jacob, Sir Ian
July 1960
Foreign Affairs;Jul1960, Vol. 38 Issue 4, p656
Academic Journal
The article focuses on men who took a leading part in wars. A lot of books are written by these war veterans. Nearly all of these have been autobiographical, giving an account of the events which took place as known to the author, but also including criticisms and judgments made at the time or subsequently. Readers have been surprised by the strength of the criticism leveled by the writers at other leading military and political figures, many of whom occupied, and now occupy, dominant positions. There were differing opinions, arguments and deep personal rifts. A great war is no light matter. The whole existence of the nation is at stake. As time goes on, the weaker men are eliminated and those who achieve and retain power, either civil or military, are the tough and the strong. While the war is still in progress most of this controversy remains secret, especially when the outcome of the operations is seen to be successful. This was true in the last war, particularly from 1942 onwards, when the Allies held the initiative.


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