H.W. Crocker

Don't Tread on Me: A 400-Year History of America at War

donttreadonme.jpg  Three Rivers Press, 2007

I had my doubts as to whether this book would be a dull account of the most relevant facts of the big and small wars America has been through untill today. Scarcely 400 pages to tell all the events related here made me expect a collection of un-related stories, dictionary-like and cold, rather than a single story with one hero and one voice telling it. But I was happy to find out that the author knew his job, and he made this book a joy to read. The hero is the American soldier, the Armed Forces, of course.


The author succeeds in this difficult task by giving us the whats and the hows and the whos of the wars and fights America fought, in an uncomplicated and straightforwardly fashion. Not devoid of sentiment, but not carried away by passion either. A cool and elegant history of the American Forces from the War of Independence to Afghanistan and Irak. It makes a perfect read for history buffs but, above all, for anybody who just wants to have a good time reading.




On Cuba's Revolution:

"The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti, In the Pirate's Den

España [por el contrario de Estados Unidos] se ha ido configurando, siglo a siglo, como una sociedad herida por la envidia, en la que todavía hacer demagogia con la pobreza rinde réditos electorales y donde los que han tenido o tienen grandes riquezas -tanto los progres como la iglesia católica– no pocas veces predican la solidaridad con el prójimo a la vez que protegen sus patrimonios nada desdeñables en SICAVs, algo, dicho sea de paso, bastante lógico tal y como está el panorama fiscal.”

César Vidal en su artículo Las razones de una diferencia en Libertaddigital.com

2. La Constitución se fundamenta en la indisoluble unidad de la Nación española, patria común e indivisible de todos los españoles.

3.1. El castellano es la lengua española oficial del Estado. Todos los españoles tienen el deber de conocerla y el derecho a usarla.

'The Pale Maiden'
"Thus heaven I've forfeited,
I know it full well
My soul, once true to God
Is chosen for hell."

by Karl Marx

from Richard Wurmbrand´s book on Marx

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