"All you need to do is read the one-star reviews to see why you should read this book."
Indeed. I recommend following J Barber's advice here and looking at the first page of one-star reviews. I believe that, unless you have ideological blinders on that won't allow you to regard different viewpoints as at all legitimate in any way, shape, or form, no matter how reasoned, you will find that the majority of those reviews give good reasons for why they don't believe this product to have any credibility. I don't doubt that J Barber found several such illogical reviews when he searched through the low ratings, but, based purely on the first page of one-star reviews, I would advance that the author of this review is perhaps cherry-picking instances of bad logic and rude rhetoric and using these to mis-characterize the majority of the negative reviewers.
"It seems to me you have three choices: you can passively accept the establishment version of American history, you can actively defend that establishment view, like a good robot, against anyone who dares to question it, or you can THINK FOR YOURSELF, and go wherever the evidence takes you. Woods has more than enough qualifications to guide you through."
I believe, rewritten in less ideologically-driven language, this paragraph amounts to the following:
"It seems to me you have three choices: you can passively accept opposing interpretations of American history, you can actively defend those opposing interpretations, like a good robot, against anyone who dares to question them, or you can THINK LIKE ME."
Allow me to advance a few points which you seem to have not considered in the past:
1) Everyone who disagrees with you is not a brainwashed communist robot.
2) It is perfectly possible for two people to THINK FOR THEMSELVES and to come to two completely opposing interpretations of just about anything or, indeed, everything.
3) If others have been programmed like robots to expouse a certain point of view by influences in their lives, then it is equally probable that you have also been programmed like a robot to expouse a certain point of view. If you would deny this, then might I ask why you deny this freedom of will to every other human being who disagrees with your worldview?
Thanks for your time!