- File Size: 1475 KB
- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publisher: Mark David Ledbetter; 3 edition (April 12, 2010)
- Publication Date: April 12, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003GXEU90
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,157 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
America's Forgotten History, Part 1: Foundations Kindle Edition
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Part One includes America's beginnings through the War of 1812 and covers the presidencies of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. America's beginnings were actually in Europe, particularly England, dating back to the English Civil War in the mid-17th century. In a manner that reminded me of the old TV series "Connections," the author, like James Burke, demonstrated how interconnected events in England and other countries influenced the colonists in America. Mr. Ledbetter's connection of the American Civil war to the English Civil War was one of the most remarkable conclusions that I've read in an American history book.
But most of the story the author weaves is from the earliest settlements along the Atlantic coast through the War of 1812. He gives a good sense of how chaotic the years following the revolution were, especially as the state delegates met to draft the Constitution, and afterward as the members of the three branches - Executive, Legislative, and Judicial - worked to carve out their place in the new government. During these years the battle raged between advocates of a small, limited federal government and those who wanted a very strong federal government.Read more ›
Mr. Ledbetter covers one BIG swath of history in short order in this book. It's not bad history, but it could have been more thorough and requires documentation. Topics that he'd do well to cover in more detail (and in many places would further support his perspective) are skittered across in what feels like an effort to get caught up to modern-day issues in a hurry. Without references to source material the reader is left adrift, unable to dig deeper into some pretty significant points in English and American history. It only costs $1.50 so I'm not too torn up about it, but without prior knowledge of the subject matter most readers will only come away with a bare hint of America's timeline. That's a shame, because I get the feeling the author has more insight and more to say than what appears on his E-Ink pages.
Documentation forces an author to do his homework. It makes him gather and organize, makes him elucidate better. Mr. Ledbetter didn't do that -- this book is essentially a riff through history. He would garner significantly more respect from his readers were he to spend the time to provide more structure, but again, for $1.50, it's hard to get too up-tight about that level of detail. This was money well-spent for me. This is a solid layman effort, and an indication of what publish-to-Kindle can do for new writers looking to plant their flag.
I thought this book was excellent. I've learned much from it. I've already downloaded part two and am excited to start it. I have begun to recommend it to friends.
The book helped tie together all the separate bits and pieces of early American history that I have picked up through school and reading. It contains lots of interesting facts and stories. It clarified some points that I was vague on.
I highly recommend it.
Mark David Ledbetter excels at presenting the libertarian point of view without coming across as a crazed lunatic, a problem among many libertarian authors who seem interested only in throwing red meat to their target audience. I'm a huge fan of Tom Woods, Tom DiLorenzo, Murray Rothbard, etc., but they all fall short of Ledbetter when it comes to explaining the moral arguments in favor of libertarianism to the uninitiated. His writing is more of an appeal to reason for those who might be described as fence-sitting neoconservatives or progressives. I'm sure that if his work were more widely read, many hearts and minds would change.
I look forward to parts 3,4, and 5 of this series. Mr. Ledbetter, if you're reading this, PLEASE continue this series to the end!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
That the settlers at Jamestown were greeted by an English speaking native was one of many worthy revelations. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A very well researched as well as easy to read history that provides important information every american needs to hear!Published 1 month ago by Dan Powell
Ledbetter has given us one of the most intriguing histories on America I have ever read. It's crowning achievement is its fairness to all sides. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joe Boudreault
Like expected with "antique" language and sometimes hard to follow arguments. Still provides insight into the back - story that existed around the writing of the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed reading this book as it took me through the creation of the United States and provided background to the standard "history facts". Read morePublished 4 months ago
I have read the first 2 books, and they are first class. What We need now is this information in hard copies. You know, real books! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hedgerider
Good old fact book will be a little out of strp for todays youth reader they will find a lot they may have not knownPublished 6 months ago by The Thinker
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