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"How unusual is it, really, in the history of all known human experience, to enjoy the blessing of living free?" The answer may surprise you. In The Miracle of Freedom, Chris and Ted Stewart make a strong case that fewer than five percent of all people who have ever lived on the Earth have lived under conditions that we could consider "free". So where did freedom come from, and how are we fortunate enough to experience it in our day? "A deeper look at the human record," write the authors, "reveals a series of critical events, obvious forks in the road leading to very different outcomes, that resulted in this extraordinary period in which we live."

They identify and discuss seven decisive tipping points:

  • The defeat of the Assyrians in their quest to destroy the kingdom of Judah
  • The victory of the Greeks over the Persians at Thermopylae and Salamis
  • Roman Emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity
  • The defeat of the armies of Islam at Poitiers
  • The failure of the Mongols in their effort to conquer Europe
  • The discovery of the New World
  • The Battle of Britain in World War II

The journey to freedom has been thousands of years long. Now that it has found its place in the world, the question for those of us who experience its benefits is simply this: Will we work to preserve the miracle of freedom that we enjoy today?

©2011 The Shipley Group Inc. and Brian T. Stewart (P)2011 Shadow Mountain

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Neocon propaganda

A waste of time and not even technically accurate. I especially laughed at the part where the Assyrian general stood up in his stirrups, stirrups that wouldn't even be invented for at least a thousand years. Save your money.

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should be an essential read in every school

This volume should absolutely be a read by every American child in the schools of this nation.

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Everyone needs this

Everyone in the world let alone America, would benefit from listening to this history! Brings great perspective!

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Outstanding

Freedom is not free. Americans need to work harder to keep the liberties they enjoy, including maintaining rule of law and preserving freedom of speech, especially for those you don't agree with politically.

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  • Frank
  • West Valley City, UT, United States
  • 06-26-17

Wonderful

Best book of this type! Couldn't stop till end. Extremely well written. Wealth of knowledge herein.

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Good read, but a bit flabby

What did you like best about The Miracle of Freedom? What did you like least?

Best: Good solid conclusions. Least: 90,000 foot view of events with lack of details

What did you like best about this story?

What details there were of each highlighted event

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was a bit hokey. Didn't care for one author reading the facts, and another author reading the fiction.

Do you think The Miracle of Freedom needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

Any additional comments?

Overall, I enjoyed this because one doesn’t hear the point of view I like to call “Western Exceptionally” much these days. But since everyone needs to regularly check out of modern intellectual atheistic elitism to get their bearings and take in some air, I was overall pleased with this book. However, the view was SO high level and left out SO many important details about each of the highlighted events, that some parts left me wanting more. Each of the highlighted events begins with a “story” from someone who lived in that particular era, but of course the “story” appears to me to be fiction. After the first half of the story, the author then moves to the meat of the event, then concludes the short fictional story. It’s an interesting style, but I’m just not used this type of writing from more detailed histories I tend to read. Overall the author’s conclusions were solid, and if you have not already done lots of reading on each of the highlighted events, this is will be a good read/listen for you.

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Interesting read, minor political bias noticeable

Enjoyable and thought provoking read. My only hesitation on giving 5 stars is that in a few of the cases examined in the book, the authors allowed a noticeable political spin to taint the analysis. Their conclusions were accurate but the portrayal of a couple of them seemed to contain political bias.

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Intriguing!

Good food for thought. Make you understand and appreciate all that we have in this great nation! Well done book