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The Skeptic's Guide to American History Lecture

The Skeptic's Guide to American History

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Publisher's Summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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    Thomas Y. Taber Fort Collins, CO United States 07-13-16
    Thomas Y. Taber Fort Collins, CO United States 07-13-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Lectures and new perspectives!"

    Great Lectures and new perspectives!

    I have a new understanding of US history. I'm looking forward to more lectures.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Little Rock, AR United States 02-19-16
    Amazon Customer Little Rock, AR United States 02-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Engaging reexamination of American History"

    An engaging look at long held misconceptions in United States history which looks at events through the perceptions of their times and through the perspectives of various historians who have written about those times.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 02-19-16
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    "Really expands your knowledge of history"

    Very good overview of many historical legends and events. The lecturer is very well spoken and knowledgeable and doesn't have any obvious political bent.

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    Mark L. Robinson 01-25-16
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    "Realistic View"

    This course presented a realistic view of American History with all the twists and turns and conflicts that defines who we are as Americans. What an eye opener!

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    Edward Sturm 12-04-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Really passionate and informative"

    Very much enjoyed this. I didn't know much about U.S. history going into this, but I was still able to follow everything. The lecturer was also clearly really passionate about the subject matter.
    5/5 stars

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    "Fantastic discussion of American History!"

    I appreciated the details on alternate points of view and the discussion on the political and societal perspective at the time of each historical event or era.

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    SEMH 06-02-15
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    "Fascinating and informative"

    Taught me many new ideas about American history and gave me a framework for further study and interpretation.

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    Joshua 05-27-15
    Joshua 05-27-15
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    "Interesting, If Not Deeply Skeptical History"

    Stoler is an insightful historian and a captivating lecturer, but only someone very new to American History will find their beliefs significantly altered. Still, I enjoyed every lecture; Stoler makes it interesting to learn things I mostly already know. He discusses events running the range of American History, while clearly explaining relevant subjects like economics, warfare, politics and historiography. I especially liked his analogy of the blackboard.

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    John W Lindsay Oconomowoc, WI, US 05-17-15
    John W Lindsay Oconomowoc, WI, US 05-17-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Every kid should read this"

    An honest look at the history of the u.s. We need to be honest with our selves about thinking we're always the good guys.

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    Woodhouse Santa Monica, CA 10-01-13
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    "Great to listen to while driving"
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    This lecture series was great to listen to while driving to work. It was interesting and the perfect length for my car rides. I would recommend this audiobook to anyone curious about US history.

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