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)
I don't normally write reviews, but this book makes me feel I need to, so that others don't waste their time like I did. I got this because I'm generally interested in our history. I liked the book thru the first section. I saw that they were actually talking about some of the influence God and Christianity had in our founding. I was excited about this. Then they came to Washington and his faith, where they took the position that he was a Deist. I know this to be false from the writing of Washington's step-daughter, who wrote, "You may as well question his Patriotism as question his faith in Christ." After this hole I had to stop because where else might the writers try to push their agenda and not tell the real truth.
First of all, I like the narrator. He has been on a few of the last 20 audiobooks I've purchased and I think he does a great job.
I like this book very much. When it comes to American history, I feel that you choose whether you want the anti-american or pro-american history book. I chose this book because I want to hear a pro-American history, but feel it gives a very balanced overview of our country's history. It is a long book, but the content and the narrator made it all more than tolerable... even enjoyable.
While I believe this book has good intentions, as a history, it is lacking. People willing to spend this much time with a book would be better served by reading shorter histories that are more period specific. This book touches on many issues but never gives enough detail on any of them to be fully satisfying. Several of the biographies (eg. John Adams) or period histories (eg. What Hath God Wrought) are very interesting and readable and leave you feeling like you have really learned something when they are completed.
So the book is really good so far. I'm not impressed with the narrator. He reads very slow. There are times that I speed it up to 1.5 times & it still sounds ok. Also, maybe i did something wrong with the download, but it seems to be out of order or at least does not show up in a consecutive manner. It plays right, but its hard to stop & restart
I cannot rate on the full book, I am still listening to it. I do want to comment on the narration. For the people who think the narration on this book is bad, you haven't heard bad. Try listening to "Wealth of Nations".
The narration is "ok" in comparison to "Wealth of Nations".
This was an amazing audio book. I never thought I would be wishing for more content after a 60+ hour book. I appreciated the candid non-partisan view through most of the book. Although, I think even the narrator was sick of liberalism by the mid 1900's portion of the book, you could hear the disdain in his voice.
This should be required reading for every High School student!
This was my summer listening book. There are a lot of hours of relevant interesting perspective of the United States. It is the history I did not learn in school given the liberal biasing I was taught. This book had me in tears as it covered Sept 11th...This book made me proud to be an American. Biased, yes but we need this book to counter the other biased history books out there. Well spoken, well covered, well done!
This book took me back to my high school days when I took American History. This was deeper, though. I enjoyed the information and found it difficult to pause my listening. Yes, Patrick Lawler was probably not the best choice of narrator, and I have complained about him before to the Brilliance people, not Blackstone. I think Grover Gardner probably would've been better for this book. Narrator's voice aside, Patrick does make this interesting enough for me to keep listening. This is a good book. Don't let the narration hold you back from listening to a superior historical book.
This is a very pleasant book to listen to. It confirms all that I knew but it paints the picture too.
"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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