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on December 2, 2016
I know Tom personally - but didn't meet him until AFTER reading "Guide" and several other works. Easy to read, comprehend and, above all, appreciate; a great (self) teaching tool.
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on November 21, 2015
Not a lot of good guys in either side in these conflicts
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on August 3, 2012
In short summary - a very interesting and entertaining read. This book is much shorter and less exhaustive than many similar books that take a deeper look into the "untouchable" topics of American history. As Professor Woods is quite liberty minded, I would recommend ignoring the reviews that focus on a conservative versus liberal interpretation of the book. His discussion on the modern interpretation of the war between the between the states may seem "controversial" to some at first glance, but a deeper reflection reveals an indictment of military aggression and intervention, and the effects of such imperialism - no matter what the stated reasoning is for entering into conflict. If he was discussing most any war other than the American "Civil" War, then this would be viewed as a very left-leaning position. Of course, the "controversial" part comes in when Professor Woods discusses that economic factors played a heavy role in the Northern decision to use force, instead of the morality play of good versus evil that has become the modern portrayal. The author is not downplaying the horror of human slavery (no self-respecting libertarian would), he is simply pointing out that the North's use of force was more than unnecessary, and that the incentive for northern aggression was much more about fear of the long term consequences of competing with southern states that valued free trade with a Northern Union that was well entrenched in a protectionist tariff (the use of the military to suppress free trade doesn't play nearly as well as a freedom force sent to break the shackles of slavery). This book does a great job of covering several topics in American history with a point-of-fact matter that disputes many over-simplistic modern dogmatic portrayals that many times are just factually incorrect. With the probable exception of absolute statists (communists, fascists, etc.), individuals across the spectrum of political philosophy and thought should find at least portions of this book to be interesting, thought provoking, and well worth the short read.
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on April 14, 2015
Refreshing to read someone willing to tell the truth about our History. The good, the bad and the ugly without trying to make it politically correct.
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on July 19, 2017
The truth may be unpopular but this author does not care
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on July 24, 2015
Son-in-law was very happy with this Christmas gift.
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on December 8, 2016
Informative and enjoyable evisceration of American sacred cows.
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on January 9, 2018
Loved the book. Excellent read.
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on August 2, 2017
Publisher's Weekly's (PW) review is deliberately written to discourage the reading of this book. They call it "contemptuous of anything supported by Liberals." As if choosing Liberal or Conservative is like a choice between crunchy or smooth peanut butter. The Liberal ideology is worthless. It promotes war, murder, aggression and hate. Just look around. States' rights and small government are the core of our Republic. And no, most people DON'T know that the War Between the States was not fought over slavery and was not a "Civil War." Because people like the ones at PW keep telling us it was. Almost no one knows about Stalin starving the people of the Ukraine because we've been distracted by countless books about the Nazis and the Holocaust. If PW will examine the history, they will see that the Left HAS distorted the New Deal and the Civil Rights movement. After all, PW is part of that distortion. (PBS claimed that Hoover did nothing about the Depression.) Worse yet, they resort to name-calling by calling his 'Books You’re Not Supposed to Read' "right-wing revisionist histories." Colleges and Universities today are filled with Left-wing revisionists. Maybe Woods should have called them "Books PW Doesn't Want You to Read." Is it really necessary for PW to cherry-pick the books it's going to give favorable reviews to? I'm sure "Rules for Radicals" and "The Communist Manifesto" would get high marks. I've read this book and it is outstanding. There is a lot more to American History than goes into any textbook. A good example is Lincoln. He has a memorial building in his honor yet (if PW will do some research) he shut down Northern newspapers that dared criticize him and arrested people with no habeas corpus. That's called breaking the law. The Emancipation Proclamation ONLY freed slaves in non-union states. That PW, is real history. Thomas Woods-style history. Look it up. The PW review can hardly be called objective. Perhaps PW would like to officially re-write history like they do in Russia so that people will believe only what government wants them to believe. Orwell was right.
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on July 14, 2013
History as it actually happened not according to Hollywood or the heavily bias history books of the public school system learn how things really happened during the revolutionary war, the civil war, the great depression, both world wars, Vietnam, as well various other things that tend to get swept under the rug in todays pc world.
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