The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left in Hardcover 
Published July 31, 2017
Dinesh D'Souza  (Author)

A Book Review
Posted by 
Leslie Eastman

In years past, Republicans and conservatives have responded to the false charges with courtesy, humor or mockery. However, the progressives’ hysteria, brutality, and #Resist mentality lead me to believe that it is time to push back and give them a dose of their own medicine…with one YUGE difference. That is, when we say they are acting like fascists, the accusation will be based in the truth.

D’Souza’s book is a great resource for this new approach.

In a nutshell, the book connects the policies of the Democratic Party in the 19th and 20th centuries to the implementing of very specific programs of Adolph Hitler’s National Socialist German Workers Party and the tactics Hitler used to become dictator.

For example 
D’Souza lays out the connection between the German Nuremberg Law that prohibited marriages and extramarital intercourse between Jews and Germans, and the Jim Crow laws passed by Southern Democrats after Reconstruction that continued to be practiced until 1965.

Recently, legal scholar James Whitman studied that transcript [discussions of the Nuremberg Laws] and was astounded by what he found. As Whitman wrote in his book Hitler’s American Model, “The meeting involved lengthy discussions of the law of the United States of America.” The meeting opened with [Reich Minister of Justics Franz] Gurtner presenting a memorandum on U.S. race law, and as it progressed, Whitman noted that it turned to the U.S. example repeatedly.

The Nazis took the Democrat-created Jim Crow laws and applied them to the Jews.

I found the book very well-written and engaging. Some other points of interest:
  • D’Souza goes through the connections between the Democratic policies toward the American Indians in the 1800’s and how Hitler took the concept of treaty-breaking and forceful relocation to create his vision of “Lebensraum”, in which ethnic Germans would dominate Europe.
  • “The Big Lie” describes the brutal, thuggish tactics of the brownshirts and how they would stage “martyrs” and “mayhem” to stifle opposition.
  • “D’Souza goes into the history of Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt, showing how much they were influenced by socialism and fascism.
One aspect of this book I thoroughly enjoyed was how much pre-World War II history I learned.  The chapter on “American Fuhrers” was particularly illuminating:

During Work War I, Wilson created a propaganda ministry that became the forerunner to similar ministries created by Mussolini and Hitler. In terms of its outright bullying and intimidation of the press and political opposition he faced, Jonah Goldberg writes that Wilson’s operation was more effective — by which he means ruthless — than Mussolini’s.

Wilson’s goons even turned their venom against private citizens, encouraging children to spy on their parents and neighbors to spy on their fellow neighbors. They encouraged vigilantes to threaten and even beat up ideological nonconformists….And in fact tens of thousands of Americans were arrested and imprisoned under the notorious Palmer Raids. Goldberg writes “More people were arrested and imprisoned under Wilson than under Mussolini during the entire 1920’s.”

To sum up: Is The Big Lie worth the money and the time? Absolutely! I hope readers will use what they learn in the book to start the process of “Denazification”, which was D’Souza’s final and perhaps most important chapter.