This is a very good book. The details were informative and the story was captivating. I have just finished the biography of Andrew Jackson and found the details in this book on the war and the Burr incident more informative. The accounts from the battlefield gave a good visual of the stategic and carnage in the battles. If you want to know about the War of 1812, the leaders and the heroes, buy this book.
I got this book in hopes of looking at History from a Progressive view. What I got was a book that just started calling names and that gave little facts. He made accusations about many things and then would not even try and back them up with facts. The facts were what I was looking for. I wanted to understand. When he did state facts they where sighted with little context or were just wrong. One was when he was stating the greatness of Jefferson and he said that "Jefferson would rely on the Supreme Court to interpret the Constitution" but in the book "What Kind of Nation" documents that Jefferson and John Marshall fought over the role of the Supreme Court and Marshall took the right for the Supreme Court to Interpret and made it stick. This is only one of many. The author also seems say that Jefferson and Thomas Paine were the only real Patiots in the war. This is the same when it came to Jackson, Civil War, and ... really I got feed up after 3 and a half hours of this and deleted it.
If you are not part of the "cause" and want to use this book to understand the left, forget this book. The best book I have found to explain the Progressive view is "The Republic" by Plato. After reading it I understood reasoning of the left today.
The only redeeming qualities were the story of the Bagel man and the Economics of Drug Dealers. I believe this whole book was written to justify abortion. The Economist found stats to back him up and ran with it. Take the Roe v Wade section out and he might sell 6 copies.
So when the Author explains his epiphany of Roe v Wade and that Crime dropped dramaticly 20 after the "Unwanted Children" were allowed not to be born, ask yourself why Violent crime is still up 95% from 1960 to 2003? Before 1960 Abortion was illegal in all 50 states. Did the "Unwanted Children" before 1960 not commit crimes? I think the question is not why did the crime rate go down in the 1990s, but why did it go up in the late 1960’s? Crime had not been a major US issue since Prohibition and all of a sudden crime increases 160% in 5 years. WHY?
FYI Numbers from the FBI (Take a look) from 1960 to 1973, Violent Crime increased 160%, Murders increased 80%, Rape increased 155%, and Robbery increased 200%. On an average crime rates increased from 100% to 150% and 80% of that rate increase was from 1969 to 1973. In Freakanomics defense, crime rates did drop once the middle 1990s hit. Violent Crime dropped 38% from its peak in 1991, Murder dropped 41%, Rape dropped 25%, and Robbery dropped 47%. To put this into perspective from 1960 to 2003, Violent Crime increased 95%, Murders increased 12%, Rape increased 135%, and Robbery increased 137%.
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