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7 Tipping Points That Saved the World Hardcover – June 3, 2011
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About the Author
Chris Stewart is a bestselling author who has published more than a dozen books, has been selected by the Book of the Month Club, and has released titles in multiple languages in seven countries. He has also been a guest editorialist for the Detroit News, among other publications, commenting on matters of military readiness and national security concerns. He is a world-record-setting Air Force pilot (fastest nonstop flight around the world) and president and CEO of The Shipley Group, a nationally recognized consulting and training company.
Ted Stewart was appointed as a United States District Court Judge in 1999 by President Bill Clinton. Prior to that, he served as chief of staff to Governor Michael O. Leavitt, as executive director of the State Department of Natural Resources, as a member and chairman of the Public Service Commission, and as chief of staff to Congressman Jim Hansen. He has been a visiting professor at two state universities, teaching courses in law and public policy.
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I highly recommend this book.
It is a fantastic book that makes excellent points about our current liberal economic orders and the regard for the individual that we experience in much of the world today.
My work has taken me to the far corners of the globe. I've seen a slave market. I have been through countries where torture, rape, and other atrocities were facts of life. Why was Great Britain different? What made the United States a beacon of freedom? What are individual rights still trodden on in many parts of the world? What made Western Europe different?
The book grabbed me in the first chapter when it stated, "a student asked the professor, 'how did slavery start,' and the professor replied, 'that is the wrong question. You should ask when did freedom start. Throughout recorded history there has been slavery, and it has only been in the last 1-2% of recorded history when freedom was wide spread.'"
The book explores seven points when the survival of the cultures that ultimately ended up spreading the news of democracy, the worth of the individual, and freedom were significantly challenged.
Examples included World War II, the invasion of the Mongols, etc.
While you can argue whether those were the exact seven most significant tipping points for freedom and democracy, you have to appreciate the research and logic that went into the book.
It is very well written. Each chapter contains a story told from a first person perspective as well as a more academic description of the tipping point. The points in the book are well made, and the book is engaging.
Given that I did not write one of the first reviews, it is important to acknowledge some of the points made by other reviewers earlier.
I see that many of the reviewers giving the book one, two, or three stars did not bother to read the book. There is unfortunately a strong anti-Judeo-Christian undercurrent in western society. Many of the people that talk about the ills of religion don't know a censor from a censer. If the only thing that one knows about Judaism or Christianity is that it is popular to make fun of those religions or your main source of information about history is Wikipedia then you will not like this book.
Even if you fall in that camp, please indulge me for one point. Yes, the world has been a terrible, terrible place to live at times in the past, and yes, our ancestors all did things that would be regrettable in light of current moral views. Do a side-by-side comparison between the cultures you are criticizing and their competitors.
You might be surprised.
I give this book my most hearty endorsement.
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