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Dan

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  • Our First Revolution: The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America's Founding Fathers (Unabr.)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Barone
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    The ideals of freedom and individual rights that inspired America's Founding Fathers did not spring from a vacuum. Along with many other defining principles of our national character, they can be traced directly back to one of the most pivotal events in British history: the late-17th-century uprising known as the Glorious Revolution.

    rollcall40 says: "Excellent Recap of a Forgotten Event"
    "Not a Real Historian"
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    I don't have a lot to say because I didn't finish the book, and I'll be the first to admit that, because of that, you shouldn't go on my opinion alone on this one.

    But I did want to issue a buyer beware: Michael Barone is not a real historian but a Fox News hack--ok, he also wrote for US News). Does that mean he's not qualified to write a history book? Not necessarily. But in the short part of the book I listened to (enough to make me go "who is this author anyway" and then to wiki him), it was clear that this is a book looking to draw broad, simplistic, moralistic conclusions from history. It's intended to show us where our freedom comes from and why America is the greatest nation on Earth, etc.

    Again, that doesn't mean the book is worthless, but there are plenty of excellent books out there on 17th century English history. Unfortunately, none on audible at the moment.

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