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Liberty Inherited: The Untold Story of America's Exceptionalism [Kindle Edition]

John L Hancock
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Liberty Inherited will take you beyond 1776—beyond the original thirteen colonies—and across the Atlantic to discover the English principles that made America a unique and exceptional nation. Within its pages you will learn the origins of principles such as limited government, individual freedom, private property, and free-market economics. Furthermore, it tells the exciting tale of the political struggles of early modern England and how they set the stage for the success of the American Revolution and of what was to be called the ‘American experiment.’ Unlike many books on the subject Liberty Inherited accepts the reality that the “Founding Fathers” did not create the United States out of thin air, but established it on the ‘rights of Englishmen.” And while it is a story of America, it is also the story of England and the English-speaking world.

Additionally, 'Liberty Inherited' will provide you with an understanding of the historical origins of the principles and ideas that are the foundation of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America, and the Bill of Rights. By examining the historical context of these principles you will gain a deeper understanding of why they were written the way they were and what was the true intent of the Founding Fathers.

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This book is a refreshing antidote to the prevailing historical schools on both sides of the Atlantic. - Daniel Hannan (MEP, Columnist, Author)

John Hancock has written a book that should be required reading for any student of the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution.- Stefan Bartelski (Political Commentator, Radio Talk Show Host)

This book is required reading for anyone concerned that America is losing its exceptionalism.--Former Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX)

About the Author

John L. Hancock is generally recognized as one of the leading figures in the field of American exceptionalism, conservative history, and the foundational infrastructure of English-speaking societies. He speaks professionally on the subject of liberty, freedom, and the unique place the United States holds in the world, and the role it played historically in bringing freedom and prosperity to that world. He holds a degree in International Business, and has an extensive international network of speakers, historians, politicians and authors. In his bestseller Liberty Inherited, John shares his vast knowledge of American and English history to reconnect readers with the exceptional, yet untold, story of the origins of American liberty, prosperity, and uniqueness.

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  • File Size: 583 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466438037
  • Publisher: Liberty Lane Media; 1 edition (November 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007X4OYNA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,664 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Education! October 16, 2012
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I don't usually make much time for reading, and studying factual matters ranks low on the list of my priorities. But I was interested in this book as it brings together the origins of America with the influences of Britain monarchy and government, and as an ex-pat living in the USA for twenty years the topic is close to home.

I should also say that I am left-brained, an engineer with a love of mathematics, and paid little attention to the arts, such as history, when I was educated in England. This book changed my attitude to history, making it alive and driving my curio(u)sity to keep reading and discovering more of which I was previously unaware. Such an awakening later on in life I did not expect!

John Hancock starts with a good grounding of the situation in Europe and Britain from which America came to be. I had never understood the intricacies of the change from Catholicism to the Church of England, rather than dismissively to think that it was simply to satisfy Henry VIII's desires for divorce. This book set me straight on that, along with many other mis- or non-conceptions I may have been harbo(u)ring.

I don't want you to think from this description that the book is anything like the dry old history books which I chose to ignore in class (sorry, Whoccy RIP!). I thoroughly enjoyed it, finding it hard to put down, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to you if you have any interest in the topic or not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liberty Retored January 20, 2013
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Challenging book about our roots. A country worth fighting for. I loved it, but found it too short. First time I'vee reread the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution in a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 THUMBS UP FOR LIBERTY INHERITED August 20, 2012
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What I enjoyed most about Liberty Inherited was it's flow; every sentence that lead to the next was to the point and left you nowhere in the dark, but rather intuned and interested to get to the next page. Not only was it interesting to read but it honestly kept my full attention throughout the whole book- and I'm not a big history buff. I wanted to gain some knowledge about the birth and origin of America, that's what I got! And the events and stories John L. Hancock chose to provide the reader with were fun to read and put in just the right spots to give you a full clear illustration. 2 THUMBS UP FOR LIBERTY INHERITED
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERY Freedom Lover must read this! August 19, 2012
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In Liberty Inherited, John Hancock takes you from the very source of American Liberty to the present day and its threat to that incredibly successful ideal we call Freedom. Not only does he give the reader a delightfully told history of where our freedom and its foundations come from, well before the American War of Independence, but he explains why the American form of government has had such a world-wide impact on all human beings; what it means to be an "American"; and why this freedom and lifestyle in under constant attack. He concludes with suggestions of what each of us can do to prevent the total demise of freedom everywhere.

The book is well written, literally a page-turner and something that evey American needs to read and be at least aware of. It is a beacon of light in a very dark cave. You will be hard pressed to invest a few dollars and a couple of days in a better way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opening book August 19, 2012
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This is a great book that clearly explains how our Founding Fathers came to produce the inspired documents that created this country. For many, like myself, the founding documents seem to appear out of nowhere, from a bunch of very clever people. But Mr. Hancock shows how the knowledge that was necessary to create these important documents had been built up over time. This is well worth reading, especially now that the Constitution is so under attack.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American History Revisitied August 17, 2012
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Liberty Inherited is a fantastic exploration of an American History that is rarely discussed. As politics become more heated and even more divisive in this country, it is crucial that we, as Americans, educate ourselves as to what we are fighting for. Enlightening, inspiring, and intriguing, this is a must-read for anyone concerned about our country and its future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary work, and vital reading August 17, 2012
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This is a breathtaking, in-depth study of international history, focusing on what's made America unique. It is well-researched, rich with important events and details, and a delight to read. I applaud Mr. Hancock for this work. It belongs in every college's political science curriculum, and every high school's American history classes.

What I like about this book is the level of academic research that went into it, and how eloquently it's written. Many (perhaps most) books with this kind of information are so dry, there's no joy in reading them. "Liberty Inherited" is an exception, and a superb example of what all history books could be like.

I especially liked the introduction, because it gave me a clear understanding of Mr. Hancock's political stance. I like that. Spare me "objective" books with hidden agendas. They annoy me as much as overt, relentless propaganda. Mr. Hancock seems to trust that his readers are intelligent, and -- from the outset -- establishes a foundation of mutual respect.

The content of "Liberty Inherited" is extraordinary and worth recognition in the field. (If producers for PBS or the History Channel don't turn this into a series, they're overlooking something important.) I will probably buy a print copy of this book, just so I can highlight it and write notes in the margins. It's that good, and that important as a reference.

On many points, Mr. Hancock and I will disagree, but only in terms of the emphasis we'd each place on events, and how we interpret their influences. The facts remain consistent. This book is well-researched, beautifully written, and it is persuasive rather than argumentative.

The facts and insights in this book could stand on their own. The presentation and writing style are a bonus. I heartily recommend it if you're interested in American history and the foundation of America's current political debates.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An Easy, Well-researched and Compelling Read
I just picked up a copy of this fascinating book from the author himself. I must admit that I read the conclusion first. Read more
Published 7 months ago by cat
5.0 out of 5 stars R.E. Riepe says 'Read It!' And then you will know you are blessed!
I met John through a good friend. I don't usually read non fiction because I don't have much free time to read anything so I thought I would take a gander at this work. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rex Edward Riepe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, Not what I expected, More
Great investment of time to read this. Gives a low down on where conservative ideology was born and transplanted here in the colonies. Read more
Published 9 months ago by H. A. Vander Leest
5.0 out of 5 stars So That Is How It Started.
This book is great. I love reading and will go through a book of fiction overnight, if it is good enough. Non fiction seems to take a little longer. Read more
Published 12 months ago by tro
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview of the Roots of American Exceptionalism
John Hancock's Liberty Inherited is a good overview of the English roots of American political institutions. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lexington Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading Exceptionalism
I found this book to be informative on many levels. There is much to history we don't learn about in school, and this book fills some gaps in our understanding of how we have the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mikey
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and easy to comprehend
I really enjoyed the book. I wasn't good with history in school but this book helped fill in a lot of blanks in my education. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Laura Cross
1.0 out of 5 stars Same Partisan Crap
I was expecting something interesting, but instead this is just right wing crap. Don't waste your money (unless you enjoy right wing crap)
Published 19 months ago by Jesse Honigberg
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John L. Hancock is generally recognized as one of the leading figures in the field of American exceptionalism, conservative history, and the foundational infrastructure of English-speaking societies. He speaks professionally on the subject of liberty, freedom, and the unique place the United States holds in the world, and the role it played historically in bringing freedom and prosperity to that world. He holds a degree in International Business, and has an extensive international network of speakers, historians, politicians and authors. In Liberty Inherited, John shares his vast knowledge of American and English history to reconnect readers with the exceptional, yet untold, story of the origins of American liberty, prosperity, and uniqueness.

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