In This Review

Back Door to War
Back Door to War
By Charles Callan Tansill
Regnery, 1952, 690 pp

The character of this revisionist contribution to the background of the Second World War can be indicated briefly by saying that the author sees Germany as having "been baited into war with Britain and France;" and Japan, more familiarly, as having been "maneuvered into firing the first shot at Pearl Harbor." Some new documentation is provided by the author's use of confidential diplomatic correspondence in the files of the State Department, but while Mr. Tansill, as he says, is free of any "compulsion to write a 'whitewash' of the Roosevelt regime," the book obviously suffers from the contrary compulsion to blackwash.