This book offers a long-overdue acknowledgment of America's true and proud history. The authors reexamine America's discovery, founding, and development with an appreciation for the principles of public virtue, personal liberty, and private property that have made this nation so uniquely successful.
©2004 Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"A welcome, refreshing, and solid contribution to relearning what we have forgotten and remembering why this nation is good, and worth defending." (National Review)
"There are a thousand pleasant surprises and heartening reminders that underneath it all America remains a country of ideas, ideals, and optimism: and no amount of revisionism can take that legacy away." (Humane Studies Review)
"Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen remind us what a few good individuals can do in just a few short centuries....A fluid account of America from the discovery of the continent up to the present day." (Wall Street Journal)
It was a refreshing departure from the "History" that is taught in colleges these days. It focuses less on racism, prejudice, and bigotry and more on politics, war, and the home. The obvious conservative bias makes it a little difficult to take seriously primarily due to the author's treatment of Clinton and George W Bush. Up until that point in the story, I was right with him in what seemed like a pretty fair assessment of major events in US history. The events of the recent past (with the exception of 9/11) don't seem as critical in the story of the country as other major past events, but one would not be able to make that determination based on the relative amount of time spent by the author in recounting this period.
This volume contains only stories you've heard before... occasionally with some new insight, but basically the same stuff you learned as an elementary and junior high schooler. Weren't there any unsung heroes in American History that aren't household names?
The depictions of the Civil War and the New Deal provided insights and opinions that I had never heard before.
It was quite long... but I spend a lot of time in the car. I wanted a start-to-finish history of the United States, and that's what I got. This can't be done in a shorter time period and still be worth listening to.
I would recommend this for the younger generation who probably hasn't heard some of these stories due to the changing curriculum in primary schools and to anyone who is tired of hearing that American is history is simply a story of racial bigotry and hatred.
I’m pleasantly surprised with the intensity of passion and diversity of opinion from the reviewers who posted their comments here. It is an affirmation of what the author of this book is saying. The heart of American patriotism lies in our self proclaimed right to express ourselves. Right or wrong, Americans have had the strong will to stand up and take action. This book is an account of that American will. I highly recommend this read. We have a unique history. I chuckled at the account of how Europeans considered American colonists to be unrefined and lack class. As pioneers we have never dressed to impress. Our culture is rooted in a pragmatic approach to living, with special emphasis on the rights of the individual. Americans think differently than the rest of the world. History helps us recognize why. We protect our social freedoms and economic security with a 230 year old political system of checks and balances, laws, not kings, or dictators. Americans trust that system of laws where so many other nations have self destructed with violence. We don’t live in a perfect world. This book does not propagandize us as such. Mistakes and injustices are exposed. Men of genius and character are recognized. And just for the record, I am not of the politically right. I was not offended by this author’s perspective. My interest was kept as he explained how we created a system to challenge the unjust, employ reason and critical thinking to self analyze, to right the wrongs, to blunder, admit it, and pick ourselves back up, to be cautious when it came to starting the fight, but recognize when the time is right to come together with formidable strength to protect what we all know to be “self evident truths”. With eyes wide open, republican conservative, or liberal democrat, we are all patriots.
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'.
This is a history book that I did not want to end. This is the most balanced book covering America's history. I was concerned that it would be too glossy and put a positive spin on everything and everyone.
Every high schooler and college student should listen to this book before heading off to school. The narrator has great energy and is the best narrator that I have listened to.
I highly recommend this book for people that are tired of left/right wing spins on history and want the story of their nation.
This book is long overdue, finally the other side of the story can be told, the one you always knew or hoped for would be true. We live in a great country and its not run by crooks or crazy men. This book is an excellent story and well worth your time. After hearing this story I hope you will be proud to live in this country again.
It is amazing the USA became a nation and survived to its present time considering the ignorance and varied opinions of the general population and government leaders that dealt with events thoughout its history.
This book is laid out and paced well, it does not slog down with too much detail, and presents facinating stories of the events and leaders that directed this country.
All patriots are bound to find this book moving.
This is a wonderful listen! The authors have done a nice job in presenting history thru story telling. It reminds me of cold winter nights when my Grandfather would meet his fellow farmers at the local general store. They would surrond themselves around a coal burning stove and tell stories late into the eveing. Those stories are rooted in my mind because of they way they were told. You'll find the same when you listen to "A Patriot's History of the United States."
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?
First let me state that I am a died in the wool republican. I think Ronald Regan walked on water and both Bush's got a bum deal. However, this book is too slanted even for me. The book not only totally disregards the liberal perspective (which I generally have no problem with) it's full of historical errors. I'm not a history major and even I caught a couple of glaring errors with some of the events of WWII.
Another problem I have with the book is that it seems to gloss over events that I would have liked to hear more details on. I suppose that has to be the case, given the extreme breadth of time this book is trying to encapsulate.
Overall, it's not awful and it is nice to hear from the other side of the fence for a change, but it's not anything I'll listen to again.
I am disappointed with the reader of this audio book. I was hoping for something like Burl Ives or James Earl Jones, or at least a voice that was more assertive, but not aggressive. This voice is okay but not for long periods of listening. Additionally, the reader added TOO much enthusiasm to his reading. I want content not entertainment. It is difficult to listen to this audio book, because I want to learn not be entertained. The reader does a nice job of inflecting and emphasizing, but the content of this book, in my opinion, should not be read with such entertainment-type exuberance.
"Very very impressed."
I have been looking for a "potted" history of the United States of America and stumbled across this. Since I had a credit to use I thought, "what's the worst that can happen?" thinking that 50 hours of audio for 1 credit, it must be quite poor.
I have to report that both the subject matter and the narrator bring this subject to life in a way I never thought possible. If you are interested in American history (or history in general) then this book is an essential purchase.
The subject is read in more or less chronological order making it easy to follow and interesting at the same time and you start to be able to see to the roots of issues that present themselves later on.
Expertly written and read, making for an enthralling experience from start to finish.
"A short 50 hours"
Although like most historical works written from a particular perspective, it was well constructed and very well read. Its length can be daunting but it is read at a pace that keeps you interested and is not overly full of facts. It covers the main points as you would expect. If you are looking for something to give you a good grounding in American History and as long as you bear in mind its conclusions are from a particular perspective you will not be disappointed by this work.
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