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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.
"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
You'll never find this in today's liberal oriented classrooms. High School or College! Refreshing to find accurate information on our country's history.Published 4 months ago by Douglas B. Alder
Very good and glad I got it. A very interesting read to learn more about why the founders did what they did to create a country and undo the evil of slavery that they grew up in.Published 5 months ago by Bill in Ohio
I found the entire book completely entertaining and educational at the same time,throwing lihgt not only the Big Six, but many other "smaller" heroes of the Revolution.Published 11 months ago by Steven D. Wittberger
Strip away all the myths, legends, and character enhancements, and you have an honest account of who the human beings were, that helped found the greatest nation on earth. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michael J. Nellett
Excellent read, It is the second PIG book I have read and both were easy to follow, interesting and loaded with facts I had never heard before.Published 14 months ago by Ken Olson
Nothing but a lot of useless venom against the "politically correct" authors out there, like Howard Zinn, who apparently have the audacity to point out that these founding fathers... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Scott Delaruelle
Most five-star reviews for this book will understandably come from conservatives, many of them professing Christians. Read morePublished 18 months ago by M. Dinsmore
The premise of the book is sound, and I dare say academically useful, if not necessary. (I write as a full professor of government and law at a medium size university). Read morePublished 22 months ago by WJD
Unlike most liberals, I can find a certain level of acceptance with a well reasoned conservative point of view. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Anda