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  • Our Country

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Barone
    • Narrated By William Lavelle
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    In this rare, sweeping history, Michael Barone draws from deep within the political and social record of modern America, from election returns, political polls, news reports, census extracts, and statistical abstracts, to tell the story of how the country of our parents and of our grandparents became our country.

    Lucas says: "A MUST for social science majors!"
    "Enjoyable, but biased."
    Overall

    Presented as a balanced work, the careful listener will quickly notice the Democratic bias of the author. For example, Republicans who follow the the party line are "partisan" while Democrats who follow the party line are "loyal."

    The author also draws many of his conclusions from a heavy reliance on contemporary statistical polling results, without examining the wording of the polls themselves. Of course this is a very error prone approach, since the wording of a poll usually drives the outcome.

    Glossing over historical events that don't fit his bias, the author weaves an interesting tale, but as is typical of historians of his era, reaches conclusions that do not stand the test of time and unbiased scholarship.

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