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Great Introduction to Recently Forgotten American Heroes,
This review is from: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Real American Heroes (Politically Incorrect Guides) (Paperback)
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Real American Heroes is the latest in the series of politically incorrect books, written by an astute group of historians and economists like Tom Woods -The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History and Bob Murphy -The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal.
Real American Heroes follows the same format of the politcally incorrect guides, written in an accessible style with side bar annotations containing quotes and recommendations for further reading.
If you have kids, this is a great book to have as the heroic tales of some well know and little known Americans are told in a breezy, well-informed style. Kids love to hear about heroes and they will gravitate naturally towards the genuine ones, if they are exposed to them. In the past fifty years, however, progressive education has unofficiously tossed aside many of the heroes in Mr. McClanahan book in favor of left hand picked heroes Cesar Chavez, Franklin Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. This book reintroduces real American heroes to kids who grow up either not hearing about them or worse, hearing them denigrated.
The book is also a useful reminder to adults who may have learned about real American heroes but have either forgotten about them or have been subjected to popular liberal media that inaccurately portrays them as nothing more than privileged, racist, dead white men.
The final sixty pages of the book covers anti-heroes, or the false heroes of the progressives. For example, Dr. McClanahan exposes the fascist and arrogant tendencies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the negative influence that Thomas Dewey had on education and the damaging impact that feminist writers like Margaret Sanger and Marxist Betty Friedan have had on "limiting the family".
This book is a family book in that kids can read it or it can be read to them* It's also a great starting point for further study as it contains a generous bibliography.
Mr. McClanahan, holds an M.A. and Ph.D in history and is a professor of U.S. History to 1877 in Tom Woods' online Liberty Classroom [...]
*you may wish to steer your younger children away from the section on the Kennedys which references their sexual peccadilloes (as does the Roosevelt chapter)and makes note of Ted Kennedy's "offshore drilling".