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The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History

By: Thomas E. Woods Jr.
Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
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Everything, well, almost everything, you know about American history is wrong because most textbooks and popular history books are written by left-wing academic historians who treat their biases as fact. But fear not; Professor Thomas Woods refutes the popular myths in The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.

Professor Woods's audiobook reveals facts that you won't be, or never were, taught in school. It tells you about the "Books You're Not Supposed to Read" and takes you on a fast paced, politically incorrect tour of American history that will give you all the information you need to battle and confound left-wing professors, neighbors, and friends.

©2004 Thomas E. Woods, Jr. (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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Highly recommended! Not for the faint of heart!

Woods offers a skillful recitation of truth and accuracy of American history. While I can’t say that I agree with every one of the author’s opinions and conclusions presented in this book, I am moved and impressed with the clear and faithful account of the facts. This is absolutely what every American of any age needs to be taught concerning our past. It debunks the inaccurate and incomplete history that is being taught in our schools and pulls together the bits and pieces of our historical background. It would be a great service to teach each and every school child this information. Unfortunately, because most of us are the victims of the public school system, adults as well as children are in dire need of this critical information.

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Way, waaay too slanted!!

This guy is one of those who decide on a position and then cherry-pick, twist, turn, torture and chew the carpet with facts until it supports his position. I constantly read and listen to history books so I recognize the truth in much of what he says, but there is an underlying theme just below the surface that there is an evil, liberal elite working behind the scenes throughout the years to oppress the humble, righteous, Christian white Southerner. Being a white sixth generation Presbyterian Southerner with numerous ancestors in the civil war and a lifelong Republican until the present administration, I was embarassed by the extreme slant toward his point of view and away from anything that didn't fit his history. Embarassing waste of time! Lots of much better history out there. He talks about books *they* don't want you to read, HERE's one I wish I hadn't.

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Why You're Frustrated

This book should be manditory reading for everyone thinking of voting in upcoming elections. A wonderful - though brutally honest - trip through American politics that helps you understand the truth of our past, the reality of our heroes and where we as a nation have gone both right and wrong.

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Fiction

Total garbage. One of those rare books you actually get dumber from reading. Tells the “conservative” side of the story, and when their isn’t one, the writer makes on up.

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could have been better

the book had a lot of good content but fell short of a really good book. for starters the style of the narration was somewhat annoying because they kept asking questions like "Guess what?" The other problem with the book is that it ONLY attacked the Left Wing. I guess the title had already suggested that but almost every point made was very true to Libertarian principles not necessarily Republican ones. If the author had taken the time to point out the problems by both parties the book would have been easier to digest and had more credibility with me.

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This is not a good book to listen to

This books goal must have been to create shock and awe. I enjoy reading point/counterpoint pieces, but I wish someone would have mentioned to me that this book is so over the top that even a conservative like me was a little ashamed.

When listening to a book it can be difficult to keep the author honest. Especially when it comes to sources and dates, but this book made me feel cheap and dirty. For example, (and not a specific reference) a point might be made about a topic in the 1930's, and then seamlessly the narrator reads a substantiating reference piece from the 1910 or some time in the early 1900's, but not within 10 years of 1930. This point may not seem clear to readers of the book, but I would guess most listeners were annoyed by this, and in the future listeners of the book should be brought up to speed verbally if there is some hook I missed.

In closing, do not buy this book. I feel you will walk away with a little more knowledge, but that can be accomplished by reading a highlight piece on the civil war, and a little bit about the Lusitania. Not worth the money or the time.

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Quotes Over Conjecture

What did you love best about The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History?

Woods' use of quotes to show the real meanings and reasons behind some of the big moments of American history.

What other book might you compare The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History to and why?

Meltdown by Woods

9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America: And Four Who Tried to Save Her Hardcover
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What does Barrett Whitener bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His accents are a little distracting. Not really needed for a non-fiction, history book.

If you could give The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History a new subtitle, what would it be?

What you SHOULD have learned in school.

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Another enjoyable book by Tom Woods. This really is the "history you SHOULD have learned in school" book. He starts from the beginning of the first European settlers and goes right into the Reagan/Clinton era. Probably the most that I learned was the section on World War I. It is very interesting how war hungry some of the Presidents were and how vocal they were about it. The fact that Woods uses a lot of quotes shows that these aren't just conclusions drawn from connecting dots but letting the actors of history speak for themselves. That's probably the biggest strength of the book throughout. Although there are, at times, conclusions and some assumptions it is balanced with clear moments of history that are there in the open. It's just not clear why you didn't learn about this in school. I also enjoyed the reading suggestions at the end of each chapter. Final Grade - A

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Insightful!

This is a wonderful, well paced and easy to follow history of the United States that is not taught in high school. It makes you question, not only the history you learned in school, but the "news" you're given today.

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So biased I barfed.

This glossed over so much important history it isn’t even funny. American Indians “removed” quick run thru the industrial revolution. All to get to the 20th century so he could bash all the liberal presidents. He inadvertently collaborated a few things I found to be important. So I’ll give him that. But overall l, I could have done with a more balanced history. Some people would actually believe this. He left out so much context. It’s insane.

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Fantastic Book

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Reading the other reviews, I couldnt believe that they bought the same book. One person claimed the book only attacked the "left". That is an absurd lie. In the book, and in general, the author has no issue whatsoever attacking Republican policies and actions.

Great book. Full of facts. I will listen to it 1-2 times more.

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