Author L. Craig Williams Takes a Look at the Events of World War II and its Meaning for the Future

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Thought-provoking book combines the elements of psychology, morality, history, theology and faith

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Peace as they say is an elusive dream. Man’s daily life is consumed with violence – shootings at a high school, war in Iraq, the evening news, murder mysteries and television shows. The general public is overwhelmed with violence, and the growing societal hunger for vicarious violence is little understood. It is the primary pestilence of this age—not pollution, not drugs, not AIDS. Those are all tragedies that must be eradicated and tamed, but vicarious leads to wars and killings that threaten the totality of society.

The Fourth Army written by L. Craig Williams invites readers to take a look at the events of World War II and its meaning for today. This book asks the question of whether man will survive for one more generation, and if so, what kind of society we will have built. Combining elements of psychology, morality, history, theology and faith, this book demands that readers fully understand the role of Europe’s Jews in resisting the Nazi onslaught and then factor those lessons into modern life to determine how to arrest the growing tidal wave of political and domestic violence that threatens to swamp society today.

This reflection also invites readers to start to roll back the invidious waves of violence and pseudo-violence that accosts their lives from every side, and invites them to “plowshare” their lives by starting to beat their own swords into plowshares in every aspect of life and social interaction.

This book will bring readers to a new and different understanding of that last great common war that forged the world in which the present generation now lives. These times were so radically altered by those years that those who knew the world before the war could not recognize the landscape that followed it. Readers of this book must reach into themselves to find out why some of those events occurred and use that learning to ensure that such events will never happen again.

The Fourth Army is not the answer to the Shoah; there is no single answer to the horror of those events. This book offers readers a new focus on the sacrifice of the Jews in the Shoah and demands that everyone learn new and enduring lessons from those events. Much of the book is told through the person of a man, Max, whose characterizations and thoughts are based on a man who was a decorated German war hero and who was interned in Theresienstadt. The learning of this book demands that readers look at themselves and their daily habits in modern life and that they begin to recognize the lasting cost to their families of giving in to the violence around them. Every individual needs to start today—not tomorrow—to diminish violence and to become an active combatant for peace.
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L. Craig Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in European History and a Juris Doctor, specializing in international law. He has written extensively about human resources and individual leadership. He has lived in Germany, France and England and makes his home in New York.
The Fourth Army - by L. Craig Williams
Publication Date: November 15, 2012
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