Probably top 10
I liked how PHotUS stuck with the facts and historical events of our country's founding and growth rather than leaning on political bias and socio-economic side items. I thought that this was a great, comprehensive look at America's history and seemed like a fair snapshot of all the people who have influenced the shaping of this great nation.
World War II
"Come see America's Heritage & History come to life!"
"A Patriot's History of the US" was an incredible and exhaustive history of the United States and was exactly what I have been looking for in terms of a comprehensive look at our nation's history.
I previously read the highly recommended "People's History of the US" by Howard Zinn and found it biased and preachy - constantly promoting socialism and anti-capitalist view points. It spoke very little to the actual historical events and instead used them only as a platform to make a point.
With "PHotUS" I thought it did a fairly decent job of keeping to the historical record of events and attempted to stick with the facts. I know at times it would be hard to not go into detail with motivations or even political bias (especially when dealing with presidents); however I think that it was at least fair and balanced.
"PHotUS" was able to cover everything from America's involvement with world wars/conflicts and also the early expansion of America, basically Manifest Destiny. It also provided great insight into our nation's founders, leaders, and influential citizens that brought about innovation, advancement, and change (for better or worse).
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the events that have shaped the United States of America into one of the greatest societies in our modern age.
Pros: a comprehensive read of our country's history and heritage.
Cons: when writing about presidents, it's hard not to cover their activities without some type of political bias.
Bottom line: highly recommended read for anyone looking to get a refresher of our history and to also get a better understanding of what has happened 'then' that has gotten us to 'now'.
Say something about yourself!
Wow! I almost always finish my audiobooks, keyword: ALMOST. This book was so slow. There wasn't much life in the narration which made it difficult to stay interested. Also, I felt like the attention to subject matter would just flip flip going from detailed descriptions of events to general moments in history. It seemed like an awkward approach to revisiting history. I really wanted to finish it and brush up on history but It was so hard to attend to.
Outstanding and interesting if you like History. A bit long but you can break the read into many parts for one does not follow on the prior. Just like history. Highly recommend and everyone should read this one.
This book had some good facts and gave me a feeling for some of the things that were happening. But there was a great lack of good quotes or stories about the characters. The author obviously has biases about each of our presidents and these come out and are not balanced at all by contrary facts.
an overarching criticism is that the book fails to take into account philosophical trends which were occurring in Europe and other nations at the time when the events were occurring in the United States. For example, the eight or so other civil wars which were occurring all over the globe with parallel issues at the time of ours.
But I ask, what about this book inspires me to be a patriot? Can anyone tell me?
I love history and read many historical books, this is very inaccurate account. For example this book states, the results from CCC and WPA are negligible the work ended in 1948. The funny thing is, within 50 miles of the small town where I live are 20 examples of the work from the CCC and WPA and they still being used. It is a slap in the face of all who worked so hard to do such good work, still being used 60 years later. I am neither a Republican or a Democrat, but if you want to write a bias book state it up front. This book's only redeeming feature is it does give insight on how two Republicans view history. I called it the OMG book because, no a chapter went by that I found to be very misleading. If you are a Republican you will love it. If you are in to accurate histories, a Democrate, or do not like politics you will hate it.
The content should be very interesting to me, but the narration sucked so bad that it became an instant snoozer for me every time I tried to listen.....
Awful narration. Listen to the sample before buying. I've put up with his high school style reading for 9 hours already and I just can't take it anymore. There's NO way I can listen to another 41 hours of it. A shame really...it seems well written. If you have the time and inclination to read the physical book, choose that over the audio version.
While I found most of the history interesting, towards the end, when areas of US History I am more familiar were discussed, I noticed several inaccuracies. Several facts mentioned during WWII were just wrong. This made me wonder if there were factual errors in the other areas.
At the beginning of the book, I was told by the author that history has usually been written by liberals, and that this book was not one of them. I didn't really understand that until I got further into the book. The author maintains a theme that if government limited it's pre-occupation with addressing social conditions and just let capitalist economic forces dictate social change, America society would be better today.
I'd like to see an updated editation as this book ends with the fall of Iraq. I would like to see how several years of occupation of Iraq since then has affected the author's viewpoint.
Well written and I have to agree with reviewer that authors did their best keeping it pretty unbiased. My problem was with the reader's mispronounciation of many words and names of places. I used to rent books from Recorded Books. One of their readers, Mike Hammer, made it a point to find out how to pronounce names and places he wasn't sure of. I know this may sound petty, but readers are supposed to be professional and if that means doing a little research, do it.
Excellent book, and well read. Anytime the left is inflamed, as a few of these reviewers clearly are, you have something very near to truth. It is refreshing to listen to something bias free. Buy this book and learn the truth about your country.