the book had a lot of good content but fell short of a really good book. for starters the style of the narration was somewhat annoying because they kept asking questions like "Guess what?" The other problem with the book is that it ONLY attacked the Left Wing. I guess the title had already suggested that but almost every point made was very true to Libertarian principles not necessarily Republican ones. If the author had taken the time to point out the problems by both parties the book would have been easier to digest and had more credibility with me.
The version of history you get in public school or even college leaves out critical information that this book points out. Popular versions of history paint a pretty picture about presidents like Clinton, FDR, Lincoln. But when you analyse the facts and events pointed out in this book, you realize just how failed these presidencies where and how distorted the view of history has become. History is truly written by the victors and this book is a must read if one is to understand the less-popular untold version of American history.
If you are interested in learning what you didn't learn, rather than wanting to read something that simply fits with your belief of history, get this book. If you're not willing to learn where your history textbooks didn't tell the whole story (or any part of the story at all), then don't listen to this book because as you can see it is very bothersome to some that don't want to have their views questioned.
Woods' use of quotes to show the real meanings and reasons behind some of the big moments of American history.
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His accents are a little distracting. Not really needed for a non-fiction, history book.
What you SHOULD have learned in school.
Another enjoyable book by Tom Woods. This really is the "history you SHOULD have learned in school" book. He starts from the beginning of the first European settlers and goes right into the Reagan/Clinton era. Probably the most that I learned was the section on World War I. It is very interesting how war hungry some of the Presidents were and how vocal they were about it. The fact that Woods uses a lot of quotes shows that these aren't just conclusions drawn from connecting dots but letting the actors of history speak for themselves. That's probably the biggest strength of the book throughout. Although there are, at times, conclusions and some assumptions it is balanced with clear moments of history that are there in the open. It's just not clear why you didn't learn about this in school. I also enjoyed the reading suggestions at the end of each chapter. Final Grade - A
You will never be the same after listening to this book. In the Matrix movie where you decide which pill to take. The false existence or true reality. This is that book! You will never be the same.
This book provides a fascinating counterpoint to the prevailing narrative and interpretation of American history. Lesser known ideas and incidents are presented, as well as many that are not covered or discussed in popular treatments of American history.
I love Tom Woods, but I can't necessarily say I loved this book. IT'S NOT BAD, by any means, but it did have a few problems. It jumps around a good bit, with frequent flash forwards, sometimes skipping areas I would've liked to learn about. I'd probably still recommend though. I just think he needs to put out a revised edition.