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- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: November 15, 2005
- Language: English
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Those readers who consider themselves liberal will hate this book because it skewers many left-wing sacred cows. However, Woods also takes many conservative icons to the wood-shed as well, including Abe Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. Those reviewers who say that Woods has written a one-sided attack on 'liberals' in history must not have read the book.
I was very familiar with many of the arguments and positions raised in this book before it was published. I have read several of the books that Woods cites in his bibliography. The chapters on the Civil War and Reconstruction, The Great Depression and New Deal, and JFK and LBJ are particularly well done.
It's amusing to read some of the scathing reviews of this book--almost all of them are groundless. None of the ones I perused raised any significant challenges to his facts. It would be difficult to do so, since Woods is presenting well-documented information. From the perspective of a fellow historian, there's nothing actually new in this book--it's merely a compilation of facts and data that most readers are probably unfamiliar with.
One is certainly free to support the more 'politically correct' history that you can find in every library and textbook in America. What Woods has done is compile some of the historical facts pushed out of those books in the name of political correctness, as he calls it. It creates a counter-point to the history most of us are used to seeing.Read more ›
I like the criticism that Woods condemns Woodrow Wilson and his decision to enter WWI. Is there anyone around still defending that decision? Hilarious. I also like "Woods blames the Great Depression on liberal social programs." Woods actually blames the Federal Reserve for the Great Depression, and Hoover and FDR's interventionist policies for making it so long. So what that a zillion other scholars are now saying the same thing. To a liberal today, this is enough to make you an "extremist," regardless of the evidence you have in your favor or the credentials you can boast.
I don't see any page on which Woods defends an abstract "right" to hold slaves. That would be a strange position for a libertarian like Woods to hold. But this is the kind of hysteria and irrationalism you can expect when you dare, like Woods, to ask serious and important questions. Even worse is that Woods is obviously quite prepared to ask and to answer these questions. He is a Harvard Ph.D. and holds his other degrees from Columbia. So instead of carefully answering Woods, he needs to be crushed, smeared, and destroyed. That is how these enemies of the truth operate.Read more ›
Woods knocks off one myth and misperception after another - the Puritans "stole" Indian lands; and my favorites, as a long-term student of economics: Herbert Hoover "did nothing" about the market crash (he did way too much and hastened a depression); FDR changed all that (he continued and expanded on Hoover policies to give us another 10 years of depression), and so on. None of this should be news but apparently it is and that's why we need a book like this.
Moreover, Woods presents it - even some of the more arcane constitutional issues - with remarkable clarity. He has a facility to put facts in the context of contiguous events as well as fast forwarding to the "PC" of today. There's no sugar coating here. We see some of our treasured ideas and men - warts and all. You probably won't "agree" with (perhaps I should say like) all his findings (I didn't).
The organization of the book with highlights, bullet summaries and sidebars adds to comprehension and recall. While I found a few nits to pick here and there they are too insignificant to lower the rating of the book. Buy it. Read it! And have your kids read it when they study American history.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent intro with solid fundamental criticisms of revisionist history. By illuminating the gaps/discrepancies in history ignored by our school system, Mr. Read morePublished 11 days ago by P. Stanton
Great read. I went to public school and was never told the real truth about history. This book will open your eyes and hopefully give you a new perceptive on American History.Published 23 days ago by Dustin Kube
History is constantly being rewritten to be "politically correct" to a point where no one really understands where our country really came from and what our Founding... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Meredith Gray
Another enjoyable book by Tom Woods. This really is the "history you SHOULD have learned in school" book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patrick J. Studabaker
I am a long-time Tom Woods fan: daily listener to his podcasts and had read almost all of his books...except for this one, his first. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paul H. Jacobson
I liked the format and scope of coverage in this book. I recommend this book to all those who care to read outside the Left's narrative of history.Published 2 months ago by A New Day Dawns
As a student studying history I found this to be an excellent supplement to go alongside my base knowledge. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Josef Venable
Neo-Confederate view of American history. Author wrote for the notorious "Southern Partisan" magazine. In one article he condemned the Enlightenment. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Edward H. Sebesta