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  • Series: The Politically Incorrect Guides
  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; an exclusive hardcover conservative book club edition edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596980923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596980921
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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The truth revealed--and PC myths shattered--about the Founding Fathers

Tom Brokaw labeled the World War II generation the "Greatest Generation," but he was wrong. That honor belongs to the Founders--the men who pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for the cause of liberty and independence, and who established the United States. This was a generation without equal, and it deserves to be rescued from the politically correct textbooks, teachers, and professors who want to dismiss the Founders as a cadre of dead, white, sexist, slave-holding males.

Now, a clear-sighted conservative historian, Dr. Brion McClanahan, does just that. In The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers, he profiles Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, and other important Founders; traces the key issues of the day and shows how they dealt with them; and in the process details the Founders' deep faith, commitment to the cause of independence, impeccable character, and visionary political ideals.

Even better, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers proves that the Founders had a better understanding of the problems we face today than do our own hopelessly liberal and painfully self-serving members of Congress. McClanahan shows that if you want real and relevant insights into the issues of banking, war powers, executive authority, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, states' rights, gun control, judicial activism, trade, and taxes, you'd be better served reading the Founders than you would be watching congressional debates on C-SPAN or reading the New York Times.

That makes The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers much more than simply a restoration of a bit of our patrimony, reconnecting us with the greatest political thinkers in our history--as urgently needed as that is. McClanahan shows that it was from their debates--and their bedrock conservative principles--that we secured our liberty. He argues that only by understanding their principles will we be able to keep the freedom that Americans have cherished for generations. That makes this a vital guide to restoring a sane, sober, Constitutional sense of responsibility to today's public debates.

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In Praise of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers

"Brion McClanahan does far more than merely rehabilitate the Founders. In his devastating and relentless presentation, he reminds us, on one issue after another, how utterly opposed they were to what has since become fashionable opinion. Here's the stuff our competent historians know but would rather you didn't."
--Dr. Thomas Woods, author of New York Times bestsellers Meltdown and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History

"Brion McClanahan's bang-up new book gives us the Founding Fathers as they really were, providing what intelligent readers of history want: the plain truth. In short, the men who made the USA deserve our admiration, and McClanahan's fascinating account shows just why."
--Dr. Kevin Gutzman, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution

"The American history profession ignores or denigrates our founding fathers because they were champions of liberty and feared Big Government. Brion McClanahan's Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers sets the record straight and revives the true history of these great men. Every student--and teacher--in America needs to read this book."
--Dr. Tom DiLorenzo, author of Hamilton's Curse

"Our American Founding Fathers were the leaders in the creation of a unique and noble experiment in liberty and self-government. The passage of time, the misunderstandings of superficial commentators, and misrepresentations by those pushing agendas incompatible with the Founders' wisdom, have hidden and distorted our real history. Dr. Brion McClanahan, one of the ablest of younger historians, has gone a long way toward uncovering who the Founders were and what they really intended."
--Dr. Clyde Wilson, Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina and Editor of the John C. Calhoun Papers


More About the Author

Brion McClanahan holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from the University of South Carolina. Born in Virginia, he attended high school in Delaware and received a B.A. in history from Salisbury University in Maryland. He lives with his wife and children near Phenix City, Alabama, just across the river from Columbus, Georgia.

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171 of 192 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery J. Rogers on June 29, 2009
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Brion McClanahan has written a gem of a book with The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers. Here we get a sense of what the founding generation was really like and what they really believed and did, not the sensational, trivial and silly portrayals that we so often get from non-academic sources such as the History Channel and PBS. As for the academics who write on the Founders, far too many come to their subject with veiled (and some not so thinly veiled) agendas that it is difficult to know who exactly these men were. The great virtue of McClanahan's guide is that it is rooted in that which all good and true history is grounded, the primary sources. As McClanahan himself asserts, if you want to know what the Founders really thought, then simply read what they wrote. When you do, as McClanahan has done, you truly do find a generation of brilliant men who believed in liberty and were willing to fight to secure it.

The book is divided into two parts with the first touching on several contemporary myths about the Founders. Here you will find excellent dismissals of the myths surrounding the Founding generation's supposed egalitarianism and support for democracy. McClanahan demonstrates what any honest and knowledgeable historian of the period knows; the Founders did not believe in equality as it is presently conceived and they certainly were not unreserved advocates for democratic government. In doing this McClanahan reminds us that the Founders created a Federal Republic, not a mass, egalitarian democracy, and an appreciation of the differences between these forms of government is an essential starting point to understanding the history of the early American Republic.
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This is a truly wonderful book. It answers some of the many questions I had about what my three children were learning about American History during their six years studying in Boston Latin School. Living in the heart of historic Boston, I was constantly being stunned and amazed that my children didn't know who the various statues in their neighborhood honored. They had grown up riding their Big Wheels and bicycles around some of these bronze statues of famous Americans without having the faintest idea of each statue's identity. All three could tell me who Harriet Tubman was, but none could tell me exactly why Paul Revere, Sam Adams and John Hancock were famous. They did recognize two of the names--one was a well-known beer and the other was the name of Back Bay Boston's tallest building.
For all those fans of the Jay Leno television Walking Tours who were constantly shocked of the level of ignorance in the general public as demonstrated by his perfectly normal appearing tourists that Jay asked simple questions to at "Universal City," this book answers many of the questions that none of Jay's clueless average American tourists could answer even after he gave them clues. You know, "Who's buried in Grant's Tomb" or "Who is Washington D.C. named after?" This book is a long overdue correction of the media and educational record. The honor of the title of the "Greatest Generation" belongs to "the Founders, the men who pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for the cause of liberty and independence...The Founding generation has no equal, and it deserves to be rescued from politically correct textbooks, teachers, and professors who want to dismiss the Founder as cadre of dead, white, sexist, slave-holding males.
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30 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Rick D. Hamilton on September 11, 2009
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This is a perfect resource for those seeking materials designed to educate, round out and fill in those questions about our most sacred beginnings. I've been researching this very topic for many months and McClanahan's book helped tremendously, as did the following other sources: Spaeth & Smith's Constitution of the United States, Dick Morris's 'Catastrophe', Levin's 'Liberty and Tyranny', 'Politically incorrect guide to the Constitution' and several others but hands down, Brion's book is the BEST, it's laid out the cleanest, makes the most sense, has interest stories, terrific analogies, keeps you reading, makes kids WANT to learn...it's a book that belongs in EVERY American's den..

Dr. McClanahan should be breaking down every difficult subject for Americans into 'politically incorrect' guides, he's great at it!!! this is my two cents!!

Annie Hamilton
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M any profess to be very knowledgeable about the intent of the founding fathers when they wrote the constitution. Readers of this book will have much more information on which to base their opinions. Read it.
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By eric quinn on January 24, 2013
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This is the truth of what the founding fathers were. Not some politically correct progressive rip of our founding fathers. It teaches their wisdom and tell the truth. No revisionist history here.
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52 of 82 people found the following review helpful By NJ Reader on July 23, 2011
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I wanted to like this book, as I think that the entire idea of the PIG series is necessary. But the author is apparently a southerner who wants to share the blame for slavery with the northern colonies as well as the southern ones. This may be true, but one of his examples is that Benjamin Franklin owned slaves even while he published an abolitionist newspaper; this is a half truth.

Benjamin Franklin owned only two slaves. He became an abolitionist after visiting an African school and seeing African children learning just like European children. But he realized that if he simply released his two slaves without educating them, they would not be able to fend for themselves. He educated them and eventually released them, but the author of this book never mentions that.

The author wants to be dishonest and call it "conservatism," when it is simply southern apologism and dishonesty. And he chooses to malign Benjamin Franklin, who was one of our most important Founders. How can one trust anything that he writes if he pushes his own political agenda in such a dishonest manner?
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