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The Skeptic's Guide to American History | [The Great Courses]

The Skeptic's Guide to American History

To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. And in this bold 24-lecture series, you can do just that.
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To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. And in this bold 24-lecture series, you can do just that.

Travel back in time and examine many commonly held myths and half-truths about American history and prompt yourself to think about what really happened in the nation's past - as opposed to what many believe happened. These lectures demonstrate how reconsidering some of the most popular notions of U.S. history can yield new (and sometimes startlingly different) interpretations of political, social, economic, and military events. But more than just debunking commonly accepted accounts, you'll be able to replace these misconceptions with insightful truths. Exploring both America's history and the verdicts that have been rendered about some of its most enduring figures - including George Washington, John Adams, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and many others - these lectures investigate a wide-ranging list of questions. What impact did other nations have on the American Revolution? Has George Washington always been revered as president? Do we now understand the true blunders in America's Vietnam policies and tactics?

In exploring these and other questions, these lectures prove themselves to be a delightful intellectual experience that will allow you to rethink not just the facts of U.S. history, but also their meaning.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

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    Matt 03-20-15
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    I'm not a history buff, just wanted to learn more. This was easily digestible by me, the history layman.

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    David in San Angelo, TX 03-17-15
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    Very entertaining and educational. Learned a lot and had fun too! Recommend this to anyone wanting to learn more history!

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    KJ 03-09-15
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    "learned a lot"

    The professor has an interesting perspective while presenting many non mainstream ideas and facts from American history and connecting them together in a way that is digestible across interrupted listening sessions.

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    Tiger 02-12-15
    Tiger 02-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    Very insightful and informative. A must listen for anyone interested in US history. Great narration as well. I will listen more than once. The Great Courses do not disappoint.

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    DB 02-11-15
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    "Another great lecture by great courses"

    Great information and objective thinking. Sheds light on a lot of events I knew some about, but in a much more rounded and articulated way.

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    Should be named the skeptics guide to American political history? I I I I I I I I I i

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    "I learned something and that alone was worth it"

    Excellent professor, really presented the material in an engaging manner. The great courses did a good job with this one.

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    M. J. Brailsford Shanghai, China 02-06-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Mainstream History - I don't see the "Skeptic""
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Perhaps Prof Stoler (or Great Courses) should review the definition of Skeptic, because this course is mainstream history, and is very far from "skeptic". I would recommend this to a high school student if they had a bad teacher. But, if you have read anything about US history after getting out of high school you will have covered almost everything in this course. Very disappointed. Granted, there is more depth here to the mainstream history, but do not expect to hear anything truly iconoclastic here. If you want a real analysis of true skeptic's view of US history visit Howard Zinn.


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    KansaKilla MSP, USA 02-05-15
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    "Enjoyable and not too controversial"

    This was an excellent lecture series. Presented well and delivered well. It counters common myths about US historical events does so with evidence. Highly recommended.

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    "Something all can enjoy."

    Great speaker! Great course! Haven't heard one of the Great Courses that wasn't one of, or the best book on the topic I've heard.

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