Why We Went to War

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Why We Went to War

By Newton D. Baker. Published for the Council on Foreign Relati
Harper, 1936
199 pp. $1.50
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After examining the pertinent documents and consulting his own recollections, President Wilson's Secretary of War comes to the conclusion that it was the unrestricted U-boat campaign, and not the activity of bankers or munition makers or propagandists, that was responsible for the entry of the United States into the World War. His argument is closely reasoned and his style limpid. Not everyone may accept Mr. Baker's interpretation, nor his suggestions as to how the United States can avoid being embroiled in future conflicts, but no one can afford to ignore so sincere and thorough a book. The study, which appeared originally in these pages, is now published in book form with an appendix of documents and a bibliography.