This is part 2 of a 3 part Cassette audiobook edition.
For at least thirty years, high school and college students have been taught to be embarrassed by American history. Required readings have become skewed toward a relentless focus on our country's darkest moments, from slavery to McCarthyism. As a result, many history books devote more space to Harriet Tubman than to Abraham Lincoln; more to My Lai than to the American Revolution; more to the internment of Japanese Americans than to the liberation of Europe in World War II.
Now, finally, there is an antidote to this biased approach to our history. Two veteran history professors have written a sweeping, well-researched book that puts the spotlight back on America's role as a beacon of liberty to the rest of the world.
They offer a long-overdue acknowledgment of America's true and proud history. They reexamine America's discovery, founding, and development with an appreciation for the principles of public virtue, personal liberty, and private property that have made this nation so uniquely successful.
Schweikart and Allen are careful to tell their story straight, from Columbus's voyage to the capture of Saddam Hussein. They do not ignore America's mistakes through the years, but they put them back in their proper perspective. And they conclude that America's place as a world leader derived largely from the virtues of our own leaders-- the men and women who cleared the wilderness, abolished slavery, and rid the world of fascism and communism.
The authors write in a clear and enjoyable style that makes history a pleasure, not just for students but also for adults who want to learn what their teachers skipped over.
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LARRY SCHWEIKART is a history professor at the University of Dayton. He has written more than twenty books on banking and financial history, business history, and national defense.
MICHAEL ALLEN is a professor of history and American studies at the University of Washington, Tacoma. He is the author of the prize-winning Western Rivermen (1763-1861) and Rodeo Cowboys in the North American Imagination.
Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen remind us what a few good individuals can do in just a few short centuries....A fluid account of America from the discovery of the Continent up to the present day. --Wall Street Journal
A welcome, refreshing, and solid contribution to relearning what we have forgotten and remembering why this nation is good, and worth defending. --National Review
There are a thousand pleasant surprises and heartening reminders that underneath it all America remains a country of ideas, ideals, and optimism--and no amount of revisionism can take that legacy away. --Humane Studies Review
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