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Globocop: How America Sold Its Soul and Lost Its Way Kindle Edition

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I was born in Tennessee but grew up in a small town east of San Francisco. Summers were spent living out untold (and, to adults, untellable) adventures in the yellow oak-sprinkled foothills of Mt. Diablo. The oaks, though, along with the walnut orchards down in the valley, have all been leveled to make way for the great suburban migration. My family was part of that migration, but an early part, thus a part on the edge. Our house bordered wildlands. We kids, at least those so inclined, had access to a world of magic and dreams. Now the small towns in the valley have all grown together into one borderless mass. Only the profile of Mt. Diablo, the steady pole of my childhood's inner compass, remains.

I grew up intellectually, but not academically, inclined. That is to say, I studied, but rarely what was assigned at school. I scraped by, only really finding my place years later in graduate school. I pursued linguistics, after discovering that Language - not literature, not foreign language, but language itself - was a window on the human mind. I built my career in Japan on that, first as an English teacher, much later as a teacher of linguistics and American history. I've been in Japan over thirty years, now, raising a family and becoming rather Japanized in my ways. I've kept tabs on America with both the intimate understanding of an insider born there but also the perspective of an outsider. Dual sight has, I believe, been fruitful.

In any case, after 9/11, I applied my insider-outsider perspective to a search for answers to that tragedy. The result was first Globocop and then the first three volumes of an envisioned five or six volume history of America, a history written from a constitutionalist, somewhat libertarian, and always (I hope) sympathetic point of view. The great American experiment is in crisis but not yet buried. This is, I hope, my small contribution towards reviving it.

I have published a number of "real" books and academic papers in Japan dealing with language and English learning issues. The four here on kindle, though, are self-published. Many thanks to Kindle-Amazon for opening the world to indie writers.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bettridge on November 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
First of all, I should point out that Mark is a longtime, a good friend of mine. Whether or not that biases my review of his book, I will let other readers of it decide. Much of the book is incredibly informative and entertaining, its style purposefully nonacademic and personal, the author's presence in the work evident throughout as if he were there to remind us, "Reader, the research, the organization of concepts of the history and politics around the book's core subject, the conclusions the book draws: all are mine." And Mark is confident in his conclusions, even while he allows for disagreement. That said, he challenges the reader, as he did me, to rethink our disagreements in the light of the material he presents. As for its core subject, the book is a detailed argument, a plea, even, against American interventionism, the crux of that argument being that it goes against the very wise foreign policy path the Founding Fathers set out for our country, goes against the Constitution in spirit, as well as in letter. For me, one of the most illuminating and interesting segments in the book is his discussion of militia vs. standing armies. Using, as always, historical record to support his argument, Mark holds up the Swiss militia and its use for national defense--as opposed to use of a standing army--as a litmus test of whether a country is a true democracy or not. He discusses how in its fight for independence and for sometime after, the United States did use such a militia, did have such a "democratic" philosophy of national defense and non-interventionism, only in the ensuing years, for political and economic reasons, to turn to an army of professional soldiers, and from that, to interventionism. "Globocop," a role which America has taken on, means global warrior.Read more ›
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John D. Ottini 'author of A Fool and His Money' on August 23, 2010
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Ah the slippery slope from Republic to Empire ... if you've ever wondered how we evolved from a nation who believed in free trade and a non-interventionist foreign policy, to a country of nation builders and policemen the world, then this is the book to read. This book traces the important events and personalities directly responsible for the shift in ideology and policy, which lead to the America we see today.

A fascinating read, at a wonderful price!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Martin Parish on April 7, 2011
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First off, I'll say straight out I don't agree with all of the book's conclusions, especially about FDR -- but that's partly because politically I'm on the left-wing side of the house (OK, maybe die-hard liberal would be a more honest description). Nonetheless, this well-written book manages to be both enjoyable and thought-provoking, even for those of us who (like myself) subscribe to a different interpretation of history. The author takes the reader on a walk through America's past, tracing the development of what he sees as two tendencies innate in the American character, the one dedicated to a more Jeffersonian ideal, the other to interventionism and imperial ambition. Along the way, he discusses some interesting forgotten episodes in US history -- the Espionage Act of 1917 and Sedition Act of 1918. (I seem to remember hearing about these in passing in high school, but that's about all I remember -- and that was a while ago). He contrasts America's history with that of Switzerland, a country that has remained staunchly neutral/isolationist even through the world wars. Finally, he forges these observations on history into a bold argument for a radical change in American policy that would more closely parallel the Swiss model.

All in all -- interesting, well-researched book, even if you disagree. Recommended for anyone wanting to understand the libertarian view on US foreign policy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 22, 2012
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I've never written a book review before, but this work from Mr. Ledbetter has compelled me to do so. I stumbled upon Mr. Ledbetter's "Americas Forgotten History, Foundations" and read it like a man possesed. I believe it was recommended to me by kindle from my reading history, which included many biographies of Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Washington, Adams, works by Hayek, Smith, Bastiat, histories of the progressive era, and full scale American history books. I have been on a search for the truth of where we as a country went wrong, and was determined to find it no matter where it lead me....Even if that forced me to renounce everything I hold dear and my very right leaning world view. In this search I went from Republicanish, to hard core Jeffersonian libertarian anarcho-capitalist. Anyway, I read the first "Americas Forgotten History" because kindle recommended it, the title intrigued me, and it was a buck fifty. I figured I'd only be out of a cup of coffee if I bought it and didnt like it. Well, I started the first page and couldnt put it down. I finished around midnight, and wanted more. The house I happened to be at, didnt have wifi, so at 1:30 in the morning I drove to a 24 hour McDonalds and downloaded the second "Americas Forgotten History". Naturally I wanted more, So I went searching for the third addition on amazon. I was horrified to find it isnt out yet, but I found "Globocop" and bought it instead. Now a word of caution, I try to be skeptical of everything, and living by Jefferson's famous "question with boldness even the existance of god, for if there be one, surely he more approves the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear" quote, well That is not an exact quote but very close.Read more ›
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