Written in 1933, this book caused furor in many quarters. It’s a far cry from Nichols’ usual light-hearted badinage, being a bitter denunciation of the world’s attitude toward peace and war and a thorough research into the activities of offensive preparations going on in the armament factories in England and on the Continent. It also covers the ineffectual preparations being made for defensive measures. Faced with the fact that war was brewing, the League of Nations was rendered virtually impotent through the media of the day and public opinion and that the civilian population is certain to be the victim in the next European War, his findings are far from negligible. The last half of the book is a succession of challenging dialogues, in which socialism, capitalism, militarism and pacifism are all given ardent advocates. Time and events demonstrated that Nichols predicted how World War II would proceed with uncanny 99% accuracy.
Cry Havoc! Beverley Nichols
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