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A Patriot's History of the United States | [Larry Schweikart, Michael Allen]

A Patriot's History of the United States

Since the liberal revolution of the '60s and '70s, American history books have been biased toward the negative. They overemphasize America's racism, sexism, and bigotry while downplaying the greatness of her patriots. As a result, more emphasis is placed on Harriet Tubman than on George Washington, more on the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II than on D-day or Iwo Jima. This book offers a long-overdue acknowledgment of America's true and proud history.
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Publisher's Summary

Since the liberal revolution of the '60s and '70s, American history books have been biased toward the negative. They overemphasize America's racism, sexism, and bigotry while downplaying the greatness of her patriots. As a result, more emphasis is placed on Harriet Tubman than on George Washington, more on the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II than on D-day or Iwo Jima, more on the dangers we faced from Joseph McCarthy than those we faced from Josef Stalin.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    "Biased"

    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.

    6 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    chris las vegas, NV, United States 04-15-10
    chris las vegas, NV, United States 04-15-10 Member Since 2005
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    "the red pill or the blue pill"

    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.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    BILL felton, PA, United States 01-27-11
    BILL felton, PA, United States 01-27-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Finally!"

    Finally an American history book that is both thorough and objective. Lawlor does a superb job in the narration

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bart Elizabeth, CO, United States 12-03-10
    Bart Elizabeth, CO, United States 12-03-10 Member Since 2006
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    "A good start"

    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.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Walter 03-03-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Still listening, but here are my thoughts"

    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

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brian St. Robert, MO, USA 02-10-10
    Brian St. Robert, MO, USA 02-10-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Narration"

    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".

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Dawsonville, GA, United States 09-28-10
    Steve Dawsonville, GA, United States 09-28-10 Member Since 2010
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    "An outstanding summary of American history"

    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!

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Franklin, MA, United States 09-23-10
    Robert Franklin, MA, United States 09-23-10 Member Since 2001
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    "The American History I did not learn in School"

    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!

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Curtis Austin, TX, United States 03-15-10
    Curtis Austin, TX, United States 03-15-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Better Than high School"

    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.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David Gaston, OR, USA 02-27-10
    David Gaston, OR, USA 02-27-10
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    "True unabridged history with background and detail"

    This is a very pleasant book to listen to. It confirms all that I knew but it paints the picture too.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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