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To begin, the authors are religious and tend to hold a fervently American bias, and this is not shied away from in their examination. As they say, they believe in "American Exceptionalism", and for good reason as argued in their previous book. America is where the greatest and most wide-spread improvement in the human condition has taken place. The Stewart brothers attribute this to a number of factors, and the most important is America's foundation of freedom.
With a book titled "The Miracle of Freedom," the reader would reasonably ask, "What is freedom?" The authors don't give a definitive answer, and rather ask readers to envision a world without it--what would it be like to live in a world without democratic governments or rule of law, without justice or equality, without free nations defending against tyranny and oppression. In short, the concept of freedom is rather assumed, which might lead to ambiguity and debate. Generally, a clear definition in the style of Hayek or Mill is not necessary for the purpose of this book.Read more ›
I believe that we are at a "tipping point" in history. What happens in the next few years will have a major impact for many generations to come.
It is true that freedom isn't free.
It is also true that freedom doesn't just evolve or just happen.
The authors make a convincing case for seven tipping points that saved the world for freedom.The key question, is which way will number eight tip?
They claim that there are series of critical events, a sort of crossroad points that lead to different outcomes, and resulted then to the world/societies where we live now.
The authors mention and discuss about the 7 tipping points in history (the crossroads) which are:
1. The defeat of the Assyrians in their quest to destroy the kingdom of Judah
2. The victory of the Greeks over the Persians at Thermopylae and Salamis
3. Roman Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity
4. The defeat of the armies of Islam at Poitiers
5. The failure of the Mongols in their effort to conquer Europe
6. The discovery of the New World
7. The Battle of Britain in World War II
Their arguments are believable, and knowing something about the history, their point of view is very believable. I would recommend this to readers who are looking for historical reviews, books and also those who are interested in how the world became to be as it is now. This book was very enjoyable reading.
Telling the story of history and using a story line of a fictional character at the time made the book exciting and very readable.
However, sometimes I got a little confused and had to refer back to previous sections of a particular chapter.
If they come out with another edition I would recommend a time line at the front, much like a time line one would find at the front of the Bible. (I'm very visual.)
But it is a real eye opener of what the world might be like without these Tipping points. And, in fact, looking at the world today, I wonder, are we at another great tipping point? Can Freedom really last?
And lastly, it is a sad tell, the horrific dark side of humanity. Over and over again there are those who did and those who will seek power and glory and riches at the expense of every human being on the planet. It is clear that that will never change. Just look at the 20th Century; Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Che Guevara, Mao. It's a Miracle that the entire world is not enslaved already.
Read it to be informed. Read it to be forearmed. Read it to be vigilant.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Elightening...made me appreciate just how special is the USAPublished 20 days ago by P. Richard Wirt
Clear, concise and if you have a remote interest in history-you will enjoy reading this. To understand the delicate balances that can change history, good or bad, can make you more... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ruth Ann Hammond
A moving text that enlightens about the values of our extraordinary civilization, its incredible potential and the risks that is facing, with enormous consequences for the future... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Flavio Riverti
I loved this book. I just finished it and I'll probably read it again. Each chapter is a story and each story is quite thought provoking.Published 4 months ago by Patience Fisher
I started to read and then gave it to a friend that I thought would enjoy it more. I would like to read it in it's entirety soon. Intriguing.Published 5 months ago by B. A. Brown
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