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Philippe Faverjon, Minciunile celui de-al doilea război mondial (Bucureşti: Pro, 2006).
Philippe Faverjon, The lies of the Second World War (Bucureşti: Pro, 2006).

Author(s): Elena Dragomir
Subject(s): History
Published by: Editura Cetatea de Scaun
Keywords: The lies; World War II; legitimizing truth;

Summary/Abstract: REVIEW: The title of the work sounds probably too commercial for those who are interested in a more scientific approach on history and suspicious about “the sensational’ and “the novelty” which are present on a daily basis present in the newspapers. But “The lies of the Second World War” is a work which cannot be included into this category. The author has probably tried through its title to enlarge the circle of the readers beyond the smaller world of specialists. On the other hand, we have to admit that the lie always fascinated the human spirit, led empires, shaped societies and explained truths, as a tool of specialists from different fields: philosophers, generals, politicians and ideologists. Jean François Rèvel once said: “First among the forces which lead the world is the lie”. Sun Tsu also argued that: “The whole art of the war is based on cheat”, that is on lie. Politicians from historical times closer to ours thought that lie is a compulsory and not so unrespectable tool. Let’s take Talleyrand: “Word has been given to the people in order to hide their thoughts”. While V. I. Lenin: “To tell the truth is a bourgeois prejudice.”

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 5-6
  • Page Range: 133-135
  • Page Count: 3
  • Language: English