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Founding Fathers Know Best: Is the President Leading the Country in the Wrong Direction. The Past Presidents Return to the White House to Counsel on Current Issues Paperback – April 25, 2012
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Here are just a few examples of the book's failed scholarship .
Page 55: Puskar has Madison stating the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 freed 3.1 million slaves. Actually, the Proclamation itself didn't free any slaves. What freed the slaves was the military conquest of the Confederacy. The Proclamation announced to all that ending slavery had become a primary purpose of the Union in the Civil War.
Page 55: Puskar has Madison saying the federal government has done little to enforce the Civil War Amendments. Actually, enforcement of these Amendments was a pointed objective of Reconstruction, about a ten year effort. Through Reconstruction the institution of slavery ended, everyone born in the US became a US citizen and black men gained the vote. The Fourteenth Amendment had been enforced often and was critical in ending racial segregation of schools, establishing abortion rights, and recently in allowing homosexual marriage.
Page 60: Puskar makes a tortured argument that Progressivism is racist. The argument goes that since TR and Wilson are labeled as Progressives and since they held to certain discriminatory ideas of their time, Progressivism is therefore racist. By this argument every ideology held by an imperfect man can be condemned.
Those choosing to read this book may have expected a scholarly exposition of founding father views as they relate to contemporary issues of statecraft.Read more ›
Author Ross Puskar combines an amazing penchant for satire with a unique understanding of American history by creatively combing Dickens' masterpiece A Christmas Carol with the Federalist Papers. The result is the most entertaining political yarn I have had the pleasure of reading.
The book starts by reminding the reader of the current state of affairs in America as President Obama enters the fourth year of his presidency. Recognizing that America is on the precipice of disaster, the ghosts of presidents past, known as the "President's Club," decide to offer the sitting president some assistance.
The club nominates Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Madison to visit President Obama over the course of a week. Puskar brilliantly uses the Founding Fathers, in their own words, to provide solutions to all of the problems facing America today. The only question is; will President Obama listen?
The only issues I have with Puskar's highly entertaining book are that he did not source his material and that he refers to President Obama as Ob. But don't let either of these minor hiccups prevent you from reading an outstanding book.
This is Ross Puskar's first book and I hope it is not his last. He is truly gifted wordsmith and I look forward to his future works.
FFKB is a sharp presentation of today's political issues through a fascinating historical lens. Great for those who love history - and for those who usually don't, well, you never knew history could be so fascinating! I was captivated and couldn't put it down. Puskar's passion and patriotism are infectious. As the election nears, this is a "must read."
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This is a compelling book. The author makes the choice to bring back former presidents to sit and talk with the current president. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by Irene's Book Reviews
Have you ever wondered what America's founding fathers would say to President Barack Obama? Imagine the rhetorical thunder that would ensue from that clash of philosophies. Read morePublished on October 13, 2012 by Dennis Gallagher
I LOVE reading books that give historical data and perspective! This book really delivers on that front. Very entertaining and perfect timing for this election year. Read morePublished on July 30, 2012 by Steve Obrien