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 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.
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.
My name is Ted and my wife is Sandy. I am a school teacher in Montana. I teach math and History. I live on 40 acres south of Great Falls.
I am a moderate Democrat and I still loved the book. I like all points of view on any subject and I tell my students to get as many views on a subject as possible. The books gives a very slanted message that big business and all Republicans are good and just and have created our great country in their image and all Democrats are ruining the country. The book justifies all wrongs we have done in our history and if left alone with Republican leadership all will be right. The author gives all credit to the Republicans while blaming the Democrats for all that is wrong with the country. As I listened to the last pages I had to watch the movie W to keep my sense of humor. Listen to the book, most of it was great listening and made you proud to be an American but keep in mind we must face up to the ills of our history.
Was suggested to me by audible after I bought a few libertarian titles. This book is NOT libertarian, it is an evangelistic look at American history. Republicans might like this, I did not.
I really enjoy this book. As with all history, I probably need to read a few others to determine how great it was or how biased. Wealth of information and wonderful overview. Very readable
This book from start to finish was filled with great accounts of American ambition, innovation, faith, determination, and hope that drives this country forward. The authors were wonderful in their vision create an accurate portrayal of American events showing both America's faults and its greatest achievements. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys history. It is a long book, but well worth the time. The narrator keeps you listening and the stories are not dull because the authors do not drown you with names and dates every other sentence. If you have the time and truly want to learn about American history than look no further.
The book presented a compelling, complete story about american history. I found some of the assertions ridiculous, especially when it came to the more modern period. That being said the author is clear what his bias is and he owns it. After all its in the title. Appreciate the book for what it is, a very conservative history of the United States and a well done one at that.
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'.
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