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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 have given out a dozen copies of this book, and im buying a few more.
I read over half the contents of the book titled 'A renegade history of the United States' and I've have really enjoyed it so far.
Liberals will similarly be horrified by Russell's compelling and iconoclastic treatment of slavery and the Civil Rights Movement.
Talks about the other side of history -- the people who didn't get monument built to their memory, the other 99%.Published 12 days ago by John Baldwin
This book fascinated me. Russell's insights on the common man, and, well, renegade people is important for any historian or educated person to understand better. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richmond
This is an interesting work, a good read, a fact-based (though maddeningly un-footnoted) history, but... it is a frustrating book.
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Thaddeus Russell is one of those few people willing to set sail for the land of Original Thought...and the world could use more scholars and scientists to undertake the voyage. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rob Nichols
Designed to be provocative, but profoundly wrong on many of its core claims, this book oversimplifies almost everything it takes on in order to promote a vague and juvenile idea of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A Reader
If you love history you should definitely check out this book. Russell's voice is refreshing and the angle to which he zooms in on the much lesser known points of American history... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vince Cruz
This is an entertaining book which is based on true history.Published 1 month ago by Joyce A. Williams
Fascinating piles of new info and new perspectives on stuff I already knew about.Published 1 month ago by Tim Kellogg