Scapegoats

Thirteen Victims of Military Injustice

Foreword by Magnus Linklater

About The Book

“At all costs avoid blame.” Such is the creed of dictators and politicians, tycoons and company chairmen, media celebrities, and spin doctors the world over. But what about men at war, where the penalties for errors of judgment can be devastating? History is full of tales of those who have been wrongly castigated in the rush to find a culprit; only later, sometimes much later, when the real truth comes out, is the scapegoat exonerated. Exposed here are the real stories behind the myths that allow the reader to make a balanced judgment on history’s fairness to the individual, including those of:

Captain Alfred Dreyfus, exiled and imprisoned on charges of treason in 1895
Lieutenant General James Longstreet, blamed for the failure of Pickett’s Charge in 1863
Major General Jackie Smyth, removed from the Army after ordering the destruction of the Sittang Bridge in 1942
Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire, let down by the United Nations over the Rwanda massacres of 1994

This superbly researched book by a former professional soldier uncovers what might be termed the most disgraceful miscarriages of military justice.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Skyhorse (September 8, 2015)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781632208019

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Raves and Reviews

“Scapegoats is an important book that shows Islamophobia must be addressed urgently. Violence or hate speech against any community based on their faith is un-American and is against our founding principles.” Because when a murderous psychopath goes on a killing spree, law enforcement officials and the media never make his religion the central issue--unless he happens to be a Muslim.—PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER

“My brother Arsalan Iftikhar is one of America’s great champions of reason
and respect. His book is a stirring addition to the literature of American
pluralism. May it help to hold back the ugliness—the intolerance and the indecency—that is disfiguring our country.”—LEON WIESELTIER

“Iftikhar writes with a deep love of his country, and profound anguish about
the betrayal of her cherished values of fairness and inclusiveness. This book is a wake-up call for America.”—BOBBY GHOSH, GLOBAL NEWS ANALYST, CNN

“[Arsalan Iftikhar has] become a go-to voice in American media, playing a variety of roles—explaining Islam, decrying Islamic extremism and also what he sees as rising islamophobia. It is that last which concerns him in a new book, and the title sums up its mission. It's called Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies and Threatens Our Freedoms."
--MICHAEL MARTIN, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

“Scapegoats is an important book that shows Islamophobia must be addressed urgently. Violence or hate speech against any community based on their faith is un-American and is against our founding principles.” Because when a murderous psychopath goes on a killing spree, law enforcement officials and the media never make his religion the central issue--unless he happens to be a Muslim.—PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER

“My brother Arsalan Iftikhar is one of America’s great champions of reason
and respect. His book is a stirring addition to the literature of American
pluralism. May it help to hold back the ugliness—the intolerance and the indecency—that is disfiguring our country.”—LEON WIESELTIER

“Iftikhar writes with a deep love of his country, and profound anguish about
the betrayal of her cherished values of fairness and inclusiveness. This book is a wake-up call for America.”—BOBBY GHOSH, GLOBAL NEWS ANALYST, CNN

“[Arsalan Iftikhar has] become a go-to voice in American media, playing a variety of roles—explaining Islam, decrying Islamic extremism and also what he sees as rising islamophobia. It is that last which concerns him in a new book, and the title sums up its mission. It's called Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies and Threatens Our Freedoms."
--MICHAEL MARTIN, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

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