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.
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
"A welcome, refreshing, and solid contribution to relearning what we have forgotten and remembering why this nation is good and worth defending." (National Review)
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
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.
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.
It should make anyone cry if they love individual freedom.
Should be required reading in order to get a GED or better.
I learned a lot from this book, but I really think this would be a book better read, or at least read while listening. I can tell you what it talked about, but I could not tell you what the seven events are. I would be really happy to get a copy of it and try reading it. There was a time or two I got completely lost in the details of eating meat or something like that. Apparently there is no harm in eating a really poor diet with little nutritional value. At least that seems to me to be what it was saying. It made no sense to me! Still I think there is much to be learned from the book.
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.
I learned so much from this book. It made connections I would never have made on my own.
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.
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.
I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
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.
Bigoted right-wing extremists would probably latch on to this book, as they generally have no knowledge of history to begin with.
I would never listen to anything else from Larry Schweikart, for knowledge or entertainment, because his work contains neither.
Peter Berkrot should not be penalized because of the content. He was a good performer.
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.
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.
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