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- Alan Brinkley, Allan Nevins Professor of History, Columbia University, and author of The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century and American History: A Survey
“Thaddeus Russell is a trouble-maker for sure. Whether you call his book courageous or outrageous, his helter-skelter tour through the American past will make you gasp and make you question—as he does—the writing of ‘history as usual.’”
- Nancy Cott, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard University, and author of Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation and The Grounding of Modern Feminism
“Thaddeus Russell has broken free of the ideological prisons of Left and Right to give us a real, flesh-and-blood history of America, filled with untold stories and unlikely heroes. No waving incense before the sacred personages of Washington, D.C. here. This wonderful book follows the best American traditions of iconoclasm and—what is the same thing—truth-telling.”
- Thomas E. Woods, Jr., author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History
“Howard Zinn wrote the ‘People's History’ of the United States. But Thaddeus Russell has written the history of the American People Whom Historians Would Rather Forget: the whores, delinquents, roustabouts—the so-called bums and immoral minority who did more for our civil rights and personal freedoms than anyone could count—until now. There is no understanding of American feminism, sexual liberation, civil rights, or dancing in the streets without this careful analysis that Russell has put before us.”
-Susie Bright, syndicated columnist, author of The Sexual State of the Union, and series editor, Best American Erotica
“A Renegade History of the United States takes us on a tour of backstreet America, introducing us to the rebels and prostitutes, the hipsters and hippies. The book tells good stories, all in the cause of illuminating larger historical struggles between social control and freedom, repression and letting go. Author Thaddeus Russell gives us a new pantheon of American heroes, and argues that those who expanded the realm of desire—for sex, for drugs, for illicit experiences—were the very ones who created our liberties. This is a controversial book, but certainly not a dull one.”
-Elliott Gorn, Professor of American Civilization and History, Brown University, and author of Dillinger's Wild Ride: The Year That Made America's Public Enemy Number One
"This lively, contrarian work [is]... A sharp, lucid, entertaining view of the “bad” American past." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
This is a fun read that makes a serious point. Even drunkards, whores, black pleasure-seekers, gangsters, and drag queens have contributed to American culture, and sometimes in surprising ways. --W. J. Rorabaugh, professor of history, University of Washington and author of The Alcoholic Republic
"It's always fascinating spending time with a devil's advocate, and Russell is one of the best. You'll shout at this book endlessly, but you won't be able to put it down, for it's chock full of startling, upsetting, and entertaining anecdotes" --The Scotsman
"[A] rollicking and sure-to-be-controversial history of our great nation..." --Metro-Boston
I highly recommend the reading of this book along with Howard Zinn's A history Of America.
Liberals will similarly be horrified by Russell's compelling and iconoclastic treatment of slavery and the Civil Rights Movement.
The next time I see a woman with 100 pairs of shoes, I feel like it will be my patriotic duty to thank her.
I heard this author on a late night radio interview and found his ideas intriguing. I'm a student of history and had never heard a viewpoint like his expressed. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Gerald
Really a good way to revisit history. Mostly, I already knew the historical items covered. Also mostly, I'd kind of filed the facts away on a dusty shelf and hadn't thought about... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John E Riley
Some of his conclusions (and I suspect cherrypicking of historical facts) were outrageous, but this book was so worth it to know about history based on research that we don't get... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nolagal
my Doc knows that I am a history buff so when he finds something he really likes he will e-mail me about it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LTCRET
Great book in new condition. Saw it referenced several times on the American TV show "10 thing you didn't know about"Published 2 months ago by Jonathan H.
"A Renegade History of the United States" presents a fascinating perspective that reveals a history previously hidden from public view. Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Rev. Donna R. Constant
Looking for a new perspective on American History? This book is for you.
The idea that drunkards, slackers, sexual deviants, and other "renegades" are a force of... Read more
I started reading A Renegade History and was immediately unhappy with the fact that there are no footnotes to back up the author's assertions. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jeff
This is one of those books that has disturbed my view of the world. Personally and politically. It is not that it has tried to persuade me to change my mind so much as it shown... Read morePublished 5 months ago by B. Killen