Voracious, omnivorous reader. Audible provides another venue to absorb information.
A necessary expose of the tripe masquerading as conventional American history today.
The description of the Civil War.
The realistic and factual depiction of Joe McCarthy.
Truth is stranger than fiction.
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.
Good Basic Book on US History from the "what really happend point of view". The book will leave you asking your self "Is that the truth" and "I relly need to study that more".
This books goal must have been to create shock and awe. I enjoy reading point/counterpoint pieces, but I wish someone would have mentioned to me that this book is so over the top that even a conservative like me was a little ashamed.
When listening to a book it can be difficult to keep the author honest. Especially when it comes to sources and dates, but this book made me feel cheap and dirty. For example, (and not a specific reference) a point might be made about a topic in the 1930's, and then seamlessly the narrator reads a substantiating reference piece from the 1910 or some time in the early 1900's, but not within 10 years of 1930. This point may not seem clear to readers of the book, but I would guess most listeners were annoyed by this, and in the future listeners of the book should be brought up to speed verbally if there is some hook I missed.
In closing, do not buy this book. I feel you will walk away with a little more knowledge, but that can be accomplished by reading a highlight piece on the civil war, and a little bit about the Lusitania. Not worth the money or the time.
This guy is one of those who decide on a position and then cherry-pick, twist, turn, torture and chew the carpet with facts until it supports his position. I constantly read and listen to history books so I recognize the truth in much of what he says, but there is an underlying theme just below the surface that there is an evil, liberal elite working behind the scenes throughout the years to oppress the humble, righteous, Christian white Southerner. Being a white sixth generation Presbyterian Southerner with numerous ancestors in the civil war and a lifelong Republican until the present administration, I was embarassed by the extreme slant toward his point of view and away from anything that didn't fit his history. Embarassing waste of time! Lots of much better history out there. He talks about books *they* don't want you to read, HERE's one I wish I hadn't.
facts you cannot afford to not know.
if more people knew the real things, america would be so much different
Yes, he shined a light on some things, but there is plenty of rotten stuff he forgot, like the advent of a national income tax and withholding. I agree with a previous reviewer who said that there was a lot of cherry-picking and fact-twisting. Things just ain't that simple.
I'm giving this book a one star rating, but only because the computer won't allow me to enter a NO STAR rating. As a history lover, I was completly mislead by the title of this book and want my money back.
"Historian" Woods makes the classic mistake of coming to his conclusions first, then finding his facts. Of the many outright falsehoods in this book, the easiest to pick apart is the statement that the Indians willing gave away ALL their land to America. Hello? He could at least make his lies plausible
And of course this book is not apolitical so it cannot be a good historical reference for anyone who is doing research unless they are going for a particular slant. (The author's references follow this pattern, and it isn't that the references are "books you are not supposed to read" as the author says, but rather books with little value for people who want a comprehensive look at US history.
On the other hand, everyone interested in how America works should read this book. It adds to the overall flavor of who we are and how we think--what makes us tick.
Overall as a history book, the book is weak, because subjects are treated with a definite bias and there are huge inaccuracies in places where the author has edited events to suit that bias. For example to say that the 1964 Civil Rights Act didn't do anything because it didn't immediately increase minority employment is silly.
If you know American history, this is an interesting point of view. If your understanding of US history is superficial, this is not a good starting point to get a more thorough understanding of our past.