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  • The Skeptic's Guide to American History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark A. Stoler
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    To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. And in this bold 24-lecture series, you can do just that.

    J. E. JORDAN says: "Let Go of the Grade-School Storybook History"
    "The Skeptic's guide to the Skeptic's Guide...."
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    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Mark A. Stoler?

    I sometimes need a cure for insomnia, so I might try another book for that purpose.


    Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

    I might try if by a different author


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The material was pedestrian. The supposed myths about American history are not myths held by anyone who has ever picked up a history book on their own volition. They might be held by someone with no interest in history. In that case they are unlikely to buy this book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It was disappointing and painful to listen to this slow and belabored recitation of elementary history. It was like like dying of thirst trying to drink from a faucet that drips out one drop of water a minute.


    Any additional comments?

    It could be helpful to rate history or other non-fiction as "Beginner", "Intermediate", "Advanced".

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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