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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Hugo House Publishers (April 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936449226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936449224
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,018,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By I. Kayak on October 16, 2015
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Founding Fathers Know Best is a book that should have wide appeal with those disinterested in historical facts and cogent argumentation. For those who regard fact checking of political claims as subversive, this book belongs on their shelves.
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.
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Founding Fathers Know Best is one of the most intelligent, cogent and timely books I have read in quite some time.

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.
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Founding Fathers Know Best is an engaging satire that delivers on its mission. Puskar presents an entertaining, educational and stimulating read that offers a creative and fresh way to think about the problems our country faces: how would past Presidents counsel Obama on today's issues? The spirits of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison return to the White House to offer their expertise and insights while supported by other past Presidents and the "Friends Club" (which includes colorful characters from Winston Churchill to Abigail Adams to Ben Franklin.)

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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Ross Puskar's political satire is both grounding and eye opening. It lays the perfect foundation on which the Presidents Club and the current POTUS can have meaningful discussions about the issues threatening our country today. The colorful, and sometimes tempestuous, Founding Fathers make it not only an educational but a truly enjoyable read . Sometimes I really felt like I was sitting right there in the oval office with them. I especially enjoyed the hilarious fictional anecdotes about the former occupants of the White House - genius! If you are planning to cast your vote in November, you must read this and share it with everyone you know.
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By TAG on June 27, 2012
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Interesting and informative, this book is a must read for anyone. Regardless of which way you lean politically, or even if you are looking to read casually, you'll agree that Puskar has written an eye opener. A great reminder of the principles on which America was founded and an in depth look into our current events. Do yourself (and the country) a favor and read this book.
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