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Great History - No Spin, Not PC,
This review is from: Seven Events That Made America America: And Proved That the Founding Fathers Were Right All Along (Hardcover)
Although one could argue with the author's choice of events in this volume, I found the selection very interesting if somewhat different than usual. After all, Dr. Schweikart does not contend these are the only events that shaped America, only that these should be considered important and worthy of examination.
The events are:
1. Martin van Buren's creation of the Democratic Party and the spoils system leading to big government,
2. Chief Justive Taney's Dred Scott decision leading to a panic and a civil war,
3. The Johnston Flood as an example of how private enterprise ALWAYS handles a crisis better than the Federal Government,
4. Ike's heart attack gives birth to the food and health police,
5. Rock music spells doom for communism (at least temporarily),
6. Reagan learns that sending in "peacekeepers" is a fatal exercise in futility (but forgotten by Clinton and Bush),
7. Obama's charismatic speeches thrill the country, but plaster over inexperience and a lack of leadership with words, and the leftist media bias becomes a propaganda machine that would put Goebbels to shame.
Each of the first six underscores American exceptionalism and provides a counterweight to the liberal/progressive spin taught daily in American schools and universities. Then the comparison is made with the seventh, and one comes to realize how out-of-control the Federal Government in the 21st century has truly become.
This is a valuable work, and the review by the liberal/progressive Publishers Weekly shows how upset liberal/progressives can become when their propaganda is exposed through good scholarship. There is no "rabid anticollectivist sermonizing" (does the reviewer really have that much against pro-private enterprise writing), no "paranoid hyperbole" (my, my, such over-the-top hysterical writing), and no "obscure mutterings" (everything is right out there to read.) Conservatives will undoubtedly love this book, and socialists will probably hate it.
But there is something for everyone -- more than that, there is much to learn here. This is American history at its best. Each event is examined closely, the facts presented, and the lessons to be learned and applied by us today are clearly and concisely presented.
Absolutely recommended. Since this is a short book and extremely easy to read, it would also make a great present to high school kids who might want to expand their knowledge.
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Initial post: Jun 4, 2010 1:41:36 AM PDT
Thomas T. Verga says:
This is what all reviews should be, Precise about the content, concise about the postives and negatives, Written with clarity. very well written review.
Posted on Jun 26, 2010 10:17:55 AM PDT
A good book for high school kids? Are you kidding me!
While we're at it, why not bring Herrnstein's body of work into the curriculum, take out Darwin, take a "fair and balanced" approach in our presentation of global warming, and give teens the thumbs-up on an all fast-food diet. Besides, the literature on fat and cholesterol is still equivocal--right?
The emperor indeed has no clothes. This book is preposterous, under the guise of scholarship.
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Paul V. McDowell says:
Sorry, but he does have a point. The Herrnstein (and Murray) book amounted to a restoration of racism. Darwin's work is about natural selection, which was nature's way to differentially select species; breeding horses, crops, and farm animals generally amounts to the same thing, only these are done by humans, and this Darwin called artificial selection.
I wish the censors would take a hike, and let us decide for ourselves whether a post adds to the discussion or not.
Posted on Jul 7, 2010 9:51:11 AM PDT
Because of this review I will add this book, "Seven Events That Made America America:and Proved That The Founding Fathers Were Right All Along," to my wish list. I will order soon as I'm finished reading "The Forgotten Man" by Amity Shlaes. Thank you David Dougherty, for an indepth review.
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D. tlcc says:
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2010 2:21:41 PM PDT
Timothy P. Scanlon:
Are you disputing that Larry Schweikart is an author? If so, please explain the fact that he wrote a book.
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