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Seven Events That Made America America: And Proved That the Founding Fathers Were Right All Along | [Larry Schweikart]

Seven Events That Made America America: And Proved That the Founding Fathers Were Right All Along

Every schoolchild is taught the great turning points in American history, such as Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy assassination, and 9/11. But other, equally significant events have altered our destiny without being understood---or even widely noticed. Acclaimed conservative historian Larry Schweikart now takes an in-depth look at seven such episodes and reveals the profound ways they have shaped America.
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Publisher's Summary

Every schoolchild is taught the great turning points in American history, such as Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy assassination, and 9/11. But other, equally significant events have altered our destiny without being understood - or even widely noticed. Acclaimed conservative historian Larry Schweikart now takes an in-depth look at seven such episodes and reveals the profound ways they have shaped America. He also asks listeners to reconsider them not just in terms of what happened but in light of the Founding Fathers' vision for our nation. What would Washington, Jefferson, or Madison have said about these events?

In the same accessible style of his previous best sellers - A Patriot's History of the United States and 48 Liberal Lies About American History - Professor Schweikart doesn't merely recount our history; he forces us to rethink what makes our country great. He shows how individual liberty, private enterprise, and small government helped build a free and prosperous nation. Conversely, whenever these values have been threatened by big government, oppressive taxes, and special interests, we lose sight of the principles that made us strong. You'll be surprised to learn how these events spurred sweeping changes that still affect us today.

For instance:

  • Martin Van Buren's consolidation of the first national political party made it possible for Barack Obama to get elected almost two centuries later
  • Dwight Eisenhower's heart attack led to a war on red meat, during which the government took control over Americans' diets
  • The rock 'n' roll craze (often mistakenly claimed as a liberal phenomenon) helped bring about the decline of communism and the fall of the Soviet Union

In this time of national uncertainty, it has never been more important for Americans to understand what has shaped our national destiny. This provocative book will enlighten anyone looking for clarity about our past and inspiration for our future.

©2010 Larry Schweikart (P)2010 Tantor

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"A welcome, refreshing, and solid contribution to relearning what we have forgotten and remembering why this nation is good and worth defending." (National Review)

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    Russell Keystone Heights, FL, United States 09-18-10
    Russell Keystone Heights, FL, United States 09-18-10
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    "WOW!! an eye opener"

    This is a great book! it shows how there has been a subtle domino effect thought out American history. All those little events lead us to where we are now. This is an interesting and entertaining eye opener.
    I like the fact that the author did not lean left or right.
    The the guy who said this book had a right wing slant; all I can say is this is the first time I heard it explained that Reagan screwed up, and that screw up lead to 9-11

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Chet Prairie Village, KS, United States 01-03-12
    Chet Prairie Village, KS, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A Reader's Digest of unrevionist American History"
    Would you listen to Seven Events That Made America America again? Why?

    These are events that are key to understanding where we are, how we got here and how terribly easy it would be to lose what we consider to be the most valuable aspect of our ability to create the lives we want for our families.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The clear defining of the reality that what we now have is an absolute abnormality in the experience of humans. 2-5% of human kind have had the freedom we have had and that only in the last couple of centuries - but we seem to somehow think this is the norm. It is not, nor is it likely to continue untended by energetic human endeavor.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Berkrot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It should make anyone cry if they love individual freedom.


    Any additional comments?

    Should be required reading in order to get a GED or better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ugo Oak Park, CA, United States 11-16-10
    Ugo Oak Park, CA, United States 11-16-10
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    "7 events that changed America"

    Quite a perspective! An eye opener for old bookworms of history and young fans of rock music.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kaye New Braunfels, TX, United States 04-16-12
    Kaye New Braunfels, TX, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2004

    As a reading specialist I read lots of YA books. Now retired I get to read adult books. I love adventure, mystery, and historical fiction.

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    I learned so much from this book. It made connections I would never have made on my own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Live Oak, FL, United States 10-29-10
    Ed Live Oak, FL, United States 10-29-10 Member Since 2004
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    "able to see histroy unfolded"

    I really enjoy history explained by Larry Schweikart. He brings detail and history together that makes an enjoyable read/listen. I recommend this book to anybody interested in history and anybody that is interested in the Founding Father principles.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    08-02-11
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    "Why ISN"T THIS IN THE HISTORY BOOKS?"

    Reality is only known by a few. This opens up what really happened and where it took us. Excellent read, captivating. Highly recommended for any red blooded American. Should be a required reading history book at the college level.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan westover, wv, United States 11-30-11
    Ryan westover, wv, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "awesome book"

    Awesome book told like it is, as a history major i dont think I could have stated it better myself.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 12-01-11
    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2011

    I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.

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    "Wish I had read the description more thoroughly"

    I expected an in depth and academic look at forgotten and interesting events in our nation's history. Instead, I found that this book is little more than a 10 hour right wing rant. I can't believe I finished the whole thing, but then, I'd already wasted an audible credit and wouldn't have had anything else to listen to.

    Just one example of what I mean, in Chapter 7 he describes Fox News as the only fair and balanced T.V. news source left. There is nothing more to say.

    For a much better history lesson look at "Lies My Teacher Told Me" by James Loewen.

    8 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Leanne Cheever 12-16-11 Member Since 2004

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    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Bigoted right-wing extremists would probably latch on to this book, as they generally have no knowledge of history to begin with.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Schweikart again?

    I would never listen to anything else from Larry Schweikart, for knowledge or entertainment, because his work contains neither.


    What does Peter Berkrot bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Peter Berkrot should not be penalized because of the content. He was a good performer.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Seven Events That Made America America?

    He markets to racists and non-informed people. If I were the editor and I wanted to make money above morality and reality - I'd leave all the scenes in. But, if I were me, as I am, I would not have published it at all. He is not a historian; he is a sincerely biased human being calling himself a historian.


    Any additional comments?

    Stop. Before you buy this book, be sure it is the one for you. Read other reviews and read up on the author - and then make your decision. I wish I would have.

    If you believe that the ???Boston Tea Party??? was about the government telling the citizens of the colonies which tea, they could or could not drink; or that the case of Dred Scott (1857) was the impetus for the Civil War (1861-1865) and that the founders (1776) did not really intend for slavery to be abolished; or that the events that unfolded in New Orleans and the Astrodome was the fault of the citizens???this book would then be for you.

    This is not history; this is a fanatic on a mission, he spins history in hopes that readers do not even know who Dred Scott is; let alone the dates of the Civil War. He is a bigot; and no amount of drumming for a band that opened for Steppenwolf, will change that (I cannot for the life of me understand why he continually uses this as a selling point).

    This author has written other books (I now know - after the shock) such as 48 Liberal Lies About American History (That You Probably Learned in School). Oh yes, he has a problem with the educational system. He also prides himself on being on ???Fox and Friends???. I really could have used that information.

    In short, let me save you the time: This book is about Democrats being idiots while Republicans are smart; he also hopes you will not remember or know, that the Republican and Democratic parties switched platforms. This book and his message is that the government is bad, big business is good and non-white people are the downfall of the American dream.

    How absurd???my fear is that there are people that do not know history and they will actually take this book, and incorporate it into their ???fact??? box. Please don???t. Please read unbiased history books and think for yourself.

    4 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Leo 04-04-12
    Leo 04-04-12 Member Since 2003
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    "BE WARNED Not at all what it looks like"
    Would you try another book from Larry Schweikart and/or Peter Berkrot?

    No this guy is a crack pot and paranoid fool!


    Has Seven Events That Made America America turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Berkrot’s performances?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from Seven Events That Made America America?

    The author who is a fool.


    Any additional comments?

    Worse use of an Audible credit EVER! Should be listed under ficton.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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