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A Patriot's History of the United States Audiobook

A Patriot's History of the United States

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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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    "Thought Prevoking"

    It is amazing the USA became a nation and survived to its present time considering the ignorance and varied opinions of the general population and government leaders that dealt with events thoughout its history.
    This book is laid out and paced well, it does not slog down with too much detail, and presents facinating stories of the events and leaders that directed this country.
    All patriots are bound to find this book moving.

    22 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Baltimore, MD, United States 12-05-12
    Rebecca Baltimore, MD, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I felt like I was back in college...."

    Wow! I almost always finish my audiobooks, keyword: ALMOST. This book was so slow. There wasn't much life in the narration which made it difficult to stay interested. Also, I felt like the attention to subject matter would just flip flip going from detailed descriptions of events to general moments in history. It seemed like an awkward approach to revisiting history. I really wanted to finish it and brush up on history but It was so hard to attend to.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Shukhrat Martinez, GA, United States 09-26-10
    Shukhrat Martinez, GA, United States 09-26-10
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    "Good beginning but rabidly biased approach"

    I am changing my rating from 5 stars to one star after reading the last chapters. I need to say that I utterly enjoyed listening and could not understand why others were pointing toward bias. But I became suspicious when there were disrespectful attacks on FDR and JFK whom I respect as much as I respect Ronald Reagan. I believe authors broke basic rule that historians true historians: they should not be partizan in their writing and try to be as objective as possible. Rabid hatred of Clinton family and painting everything dark is totally disgusting and unprofessional. Painting George Bush junior as somebody who astutely created "true democracy" in Irak and Afganistan is ...????. Should you write books to enlighten people in history when you are so naive??? Come on, only struggle between parties is an engine which catapults America into it's greatness. It is great because it embrace us all irrespective of race, religion or party preferences. The worst thing possible is that when only one party is in charge and there is no competition. "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely". Of course, as a person with moderate conservative views, I would prefer moderate republicans to rule our country. But for best results, moderate democrats should rule the country at least every 8-12 years. And I would not hesitate to vote for Hillary Clinton despite the fact that I do not agree with some of her ideas.

    27 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Roland West Brookfield, MA, United States 11-30-11
    Roland West Brookfield, MA, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2002
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    "A clearly republican view of history"

    First let me state that I am a died in the wool republican. I think Ronald Regan walked on water and both Bush's got a bum deal. However, this book is too slanted even for me. The book not only totally disregards the liberal perspective (which I generally have no problem with) it's full of historical errors. I'm not a history major and even I caught a couple of glaring errors with some of the events of WWII.
    Another problem I have with the book is that it seems to gloss over events that I would have liked to hear more details on. I suppose that has to be the case, given the extreme breadth of time this book is trying to encapsulate.
    Overall, it's not awful and it is nice to hear from the other side of the fence for a change, but it's not anything I'll listen to again.

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    "Disappointed"

    I am disappointed with the reader of this audio book. I was hoping for something like Burl Ives or James Earl Jones, or at least a voice that was more assertive, but not aggressive. This voice is okay but not for long periods of listening. Additionally, the reader added TOO much enthusiasm to his reading. I want content not entertainment. It is difficult to listen to this audio book, because I want to learn not be entertained. The reader does a nice job of inflecting and emphasizing, but the content of this book, in my opinion, should not be read with such entertainment-type exuberance.

    15 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Great Falls, MT, United States 04-27-10
    Sandy Great Falls, MT, United States 04-27-10 Member Since 2013

    My name is Ted and my wife is Sandy. I am a school teacher in Montana. I teach math and History. I live on 40 acres south of Great Falls.

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    "A Patriots History of the United States"

    I am a moderate Democrat and I still loved the book. I like all points of view on any subject and I tell my students to get as many views on a subject as possible. The books gives a very slanted message that big business and all Republicans are good and just and have created our great country in their image and all Democrats are ruining the country. The book justifies all wrongs we have done in our history and if left alone with Republican leadership all will be right. The author gives all credit to the Republicans while blaming the Democrats for all that is wrong with the country. As I listened to the last pages I had to watch the movie W to keep my sense of humor. Listen to the book, most of it was great listening and made you proud to be an American but keep in mind we must face up to the ills of our history.

    8 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    C. White Ogden, UT USA 11-15-07
    C. White Ogden, UT USA 11-15-07 Member Since 2017
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    "Evangelistic"

    Was suggested to me by audible after I bought a few libertarian titles. This book is NOT libertarian, it is an evangelistic look at American history. Republicans might like this, I did not.

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    joey dean 05-18-17
    joey dean 05-18-17
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    "Comprehensive!"

    This book is a comprehensive and detailed arrangement of our history. It helped me understand so much about the events that we learn (dumbed down version). This book should be a textbook in schools today.

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    Douglas 03-29-17
    Douglas 03-29-17 Member Since 2014
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    "My Assessment"

    This book confirmed many suspicions I had about American history and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. well written and we'll narrated, I would recommend this.

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    Nathan 01-04-17
    Nathan 01-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book even though it skews right"

    I really enjoy this book. As with all history, I probably need to read a few others to determine how great it was or how biased. Wealth of information and wonderful overview. Very readable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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