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A Republic--If We Can Keep It [Kindle Edition]

Lawrence W. Reed , Burton W. Folsom Jr.
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Book Description

A collection of essays by FEE President Lawrence W. Reed and historian Burton W. Folsom, Jr. that surveys the economic history of the United States and the modern world. Along the way, they dismiss commonly-held fallacies and present the stories of the individuals who changed history and expanded liberty for everyone.

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About the Author

Lawrence W. Reed has served as president of the Foundation for Economic Education since September 1, 2008. Prior to that, he was president for twenty years of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. Reed has authored over 1,000 columns and articles dozens in newspapers, magazines and journals in the U. S. and abroad, as well as five books. He has lectured in dozens of nations. Reed’s articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, among many others. His interests in political and economic affairs have taken him to 72 countries on six continents. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree in History from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. He holds two honorary doctorates from Central Michigan University (Public Administration—1993) and Northwood University (Laws—2008). He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and is an adviser to numerous organizations around the world. A full bio is available at and on Wikipedia. Burt Folsom is a professor of History at Hillsdale College, a senior fellow in economic education for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and senior historian for the Foundation for Economic Education. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. His B.A. and M.A. degrees in history are from Indiana University and the University of Neb raska, respectively. Folsom has published many articles and books, including the widely acclaimed The Myth of the Robber Barons. His two most recent books are New Deal or Raw Deal? How FDR’s Economic Legacy Damaged America and FDR Goes to War: How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America. He lectures widely throughout the U.S. and is a regular speaker at FEE's summer seminars for college students.

Product Details

  • File Size: 595 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1572460318
  • Publisher: Foundation for Economic Education (April 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WU6HTE
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book! December 29, 2011
By turling
Get ready for an education. In my opinion this is a must read for all liberty lovers out there!
This book covers history and economics and both are largley misunderstood by most people today.
For example, it reveals the true costs of the Civil War and the mistakes Lincoln made promoting unconstitutional internal improvements like railroads, canals and roads. The book takes on the differences of the principles of charity and government redistribution of wealth.
After reading the book, one will understand the greatness of President Cleveland and how he resisted power and enforced the proper role of government.
Inflation, free markets, fiat money, property rights and so many more subjects are covered in an easy-to-understand way of reading. I don't think anyone who will try to refute this book will be able to do so without resorting to ad hominems.
The authors take economics and historical approaches to the topic of our Founders' political philosophy, convincingly making a central case that the government is to be a protector of liberty instead of the unrestrained agent of coercion.
At a crucial time in our country's history, this book should be read by every American.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changing the Course of Events January 31, 2012
The authors state in the preface, "we recognize that both economics and history must be more than numbers. That's why many of the offerings here focus on the interesting contributions of people who changed the course of events."

I have not been a life time proponent of freedom. In truth, I would have been an more outspoken advocate of liberty much earlier had I come in contact with a book like this. One thing I am learning about freedom, it is not enough to simply understand it, one must be able to communicate it with simple and inspiring stories. Reed and Folsom are experts. Their articles are short, well written and inspiring. Just what is needed to support a growing movement and help folks like me continue to tell the story. Books like this are valuable in that "they put the cookies on the lower shelf" and help me to become one who can "change the course of events."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome March 7, 2012
By Lexi
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I love this book! It's a conglomeration of historical truths, put together in an easy-to-read, engaging book. Each chapter can stand alone, but the book is one you'll want to read cover-to-cover. Another triumph by Reed and Folsom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Republic-- If we can keep it was a very enjoyable read covering many different events and figures from the early days of the constitution to the present. This book covers the principles of limited government, American entrepreneurs, hazards of government subsidies, non-American liberty supporters, sound & un-sound economic policies, and much more! My personal favorite chapters involved some of the great myths of the great depression and the accumulation of debt over the past 100 years. Both authors have done great research on pulling out facts and figures, such as the market values of gold and silver during the 19th century and the price manipulation causes that lead to the panic of 1893.

There are tons of great stories to read about and keep you entertained. All 56 chapters have a strong message to offer. It's also a pretty quick read going chapter to chapter. If you love history and liberty, then you'll enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous compendium of Liberty-oriented essays May 1, 2012
Messrs Reed and Folsom offer us a delightful body of essays, about assorted historical and economics topics, from a Liberty-focused approach. Both men challenge the status-quo thinking, of certain historical events, and offer thoughtful arguments for a laissez-faire approach.

The book is easy-to-read whether you have 5 minutes or five hours. Each chapter is an essay so this book can be picked up or cast aside at will. It makes for reading on a commuter train, a flight, or when you need something good to read on the fly. There is absolutely no reason this book could not be used as a textbook as well. It's format is designed for a semester of classes, discussing the essays in detail

My dog-eared copy has notes in the margins, questions the essays beget, and discussion points with my friends.
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