This engrossing little book tells part of the tale of what happened to the world in the 19th and 20th century. Thanks to the Enlightenment, many people stopped fearing God and were driven to irrational enthusiasms: nationalism, imperialism, Darwinian racism, eugenics, and socialism. War mongers and racists like Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill, and their counterparts in France, Germany, Russia, Austria, and Italy gave the world the senseless carnage of World War I. Communists then took over Russia, and proceeded to murder more innocent people than the United States did in the Philippines and Germany did in German South-West Africa. The Nazis took over Germany in 1933, and were just as obsessed with improving the human race as the communists were with socialism.
The book starts with an American-Lithuanian, who helped the Germans kill all of the Jewish people in a town named Kraziai, saying, “The dogs must go to the dogs.” He is referring to “communists, Jews, small landowners who had recently sprung up around Kareivishkes like mushrooms after the rain.” He himself was a large landowner who, presumably, lost his land when Hitler and Stalin were collaborating and got it back when Hitler invaded Russia. As G. K. Chesterton said, “People who don’t believe in God, don’t believe in nothing. They believe in anything.”