The Dangerous Summer of 1940

For a few weeks Hitler came close to winning World War II. Then came a train of events that doomed him. An eloquent historian reminds us that however unsatisfactory our world may be today, it almost was unimaginably worse.

In the summer of 1940 Adolf Hitler could have won the Second World War. He came close to that. Had he won, we would be living in a world so different as to be hardly imaginable. So let us contemplate that dangerous summer. It was then that the shape of the world in which we now live began to take form. Read more »

Mot Juste, With Blarney

Smoothing the way for Lend-Lease

House Majority Leader John McCormack [Democrat of Massachusetts] felt somewhat uneasy about the prospect of introducing the Lend-Lease Bill on the floor of the House on January 10, 1941. … The professional Irishmen who dominated his constituency were likely to become irate over any “aid-to-Britain” legislation like Lend-Lease, and having it labeled the McCormack Bill could direct their anger toward him. … Read more »