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VANITY: Have You Read this Book: A Patriot's History of the United States, by Larry Schweikart

Posted on 09/30/2008 6:34:43 PM PDT by 2nd_Amendment_Defender

I was curious if anyone has ever read this book by Larry Schweikart

A Patriot's History of the United States

I am looking for a great book to teach my kids TRUE American History. It is quite concerning to me the garbage that is in some American History textbooks that are in public schools.


TOPICS: Education
KEYWORDS: bookreview; schweikart

1 posted on 09/30/2008 6:34:44 PM PDT by 2nd_Amendment_Defender
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To: LS

Well?


2 posted on 09/30/2008 6:36:11 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: 2nd_Amendment_Defender

Yes, I’ve read it.

Excellent work that does not continually damn America.

As you may know LS is a Regular on FR.


3 posted on 09/30/2008 6:36:51 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: 2nd_Amendment_Defender

Yes, and this Freeper wrote it:

http://www.freerepublic.com/~ls/


4 posted on 09/30/2008 6:37:11 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (No longer holding my nose to vote - McCain/Palin 2008!)
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To: 2nd_Amendment_Defender

Gonna be deleted in a few seco

Will read it.


5 posted on 09/30/2008 6:37:45 PM PDT by silentreignofheroes (In my day,Flunking gym was not an option , even for Stupid Kids!)
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To: 2nd_Amendment_Defender; LS

Yes, it is a very good history by free republic member “LS”.


6 posted on 09/30/2008 6:44:08 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Obama and ITS thugs are made paranoid by Sarahnoia. (stole from molly_jack2007))
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To: 2nd_Amendment_Defender

I’ve read it. I highly recommend it.


7 posted on 09/30/2008 6:45:26 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Palin 2008 (oh yeah, and McCain too))
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To: EyeGuy

Getyour copy now. it will be more difficult to obtain after Jan 20 09. Oh and I use it with my classes and my daughter made good use of it in college.


8 posted on 09/30/2008 6:46:55 PM PDT by xkaydet65 (Freedom is purchased not with gold, but with steel.)
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To: 2nd_Amendment_Defender
Yes, very good book. My son took AP US History and used Schweikert’s book for ‘balance’. In fact, he was so impressed with it that he is considering Dayton (History) for college...
9 posted on 09/30/2008 6:54:56 PM PDT by RippinGood
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To: 2nd_Amendment_Defender
Yes, I have read, and taught, the “Patriot's History.” It is not only a good history, but it also is an effective rebuttal to various other (liberal) histories. The author names the names of those other histories and rebuts them, especially Howard Zinn’s “Peoples History.” So it is a debative, polemical, book.

You might also check out Paul Johnson's “A History of the American People.” I have just finished reading it and really enjoyed his narrative approach. It is a positive, loving, treatment of the American people and culture. Johnson says in his introduction that “I have not bowed to current academic nostrums about nomenclature or accepted the flyblown philacteries of Political Correctness.

“So I do not acknowledge the existence of hyphenated Americans, or Native Americans or any other qualified kind. They are all Americans to me: black, white, red, brown, yellow, thrown together by fate in that swirling maelstrom of history which has produced the most remarkable people the world has ever seen. I love them and salute them, and this is their story.”

Johnson is an Englishman.

10 posted on 09/30/2008 7:03:26 PM PDT by TIElniff (Autonomy is the guise of every graceless heart.)
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To: 2nd_Amendment_Defender

I’ll bet freeper LS has read it.


11 posted on 09/30/2008 7:09:18 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: 2nd_Amendment_Defender
Yes I have read it, good stuff. LS is from Tacoma I believe, right down the road from us here in Seattle.

Paul Johnson's Modern Times is a hard but excellent read. It really focus's on the last 80 years trends toward moral relativism and lack of personal responsibility and how destructive these ideas are toward most of the world.

schu

12 posted on 09/30/2008 7:14:07 PM PDT by schu
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To: 2nd_Amendment_Defender; LS
It's an outstanding book; thoroughly detailed, broad in scope, and an eye-opening alternative to the usual Leftie bile that oozes out of the academy. Buy it - you'll want to refer to it again and again, and Larry can use the royalties.

Plus, the author, once a rock star, is a FReeper. :)

13 posted on 09/30/2008 7:17:07 PM PDT by TonyInOhio (This is no time to go wobbly.)
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To: TIElniff
“So I do not acknowledge the existence of hyphenated Americans, or Native Americans or any other qualified kind. They are all Americans to me: black, white, red, brown, yellow, thrown together by fate in that swirling maelstrom of history which has produced the most remarkable people the world has ever seen. I love them and salute them, and this is their story.”

A masterful quote of truth by Paul Johnson. Thanks for posting this information.

14 posted on 09/30/2008 7:50:44 PM PDT by 2nd_Amendment_Defender ("It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains." -- Patrick Henry)
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To: xkaydet65
LOL. You know what happens when supply drops? Prices rise!

Seriously, I co-authored a history of banking in California with Prof. Lynne Pierson Doti, and it had a limited print run because it was paid for by the CBA. Well, now each copy is going for $350 on Amazon! Wish all my books brought that much.

15 posted on 10/01/2008 4:27:54 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: TIElniff
Johnson is good, but his book is riddled with constant, unrelenting minor errors. He is also completely contradictory with himself on the causes of the Great Depression.

His Modern Times is a far superior book, and he's more in his element in European, not American, history---which is another reason we thought the world needed PHUSA.

16 posted on 10/01/2008 4:29:43 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: schu

No, Mike Allen, my co-author, teaches at UW-Tacoma. I’m in Dayton, OH.


17 posted on 10/01/2008 4:30:19 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Travis McGee

Yes. See my comments, above. It has some flaws.


18 posted on 10/01/2008 4:30:59 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: LS
“He is also completely contradictory with himself on the causes of the Great Depression.”

(I'm flattered that the author of the PHUSA would have responded to my posting! Let me take the opportunity to thank you for your work.)

I always tell my students that there are two things that most historians never get right: theology and economics. So I guess I just overlooked Johnson's analysis of the Great Depression: As a philosophical follower of the Austrian school of economics, I just ignored his analysis. I expected it to be flawed, so why bother? (!) Even using your book in my class (it is the adopted textbook at Montreat College, where Bill Fortschen is the major force in the department), I used Murray Rothbard’s book on the Great Depression as supplemental reading.

19 posted on 10/01/2008 5:43:31 AM PDT by TIElniff (Autonomy is the guise of every graceless heart.)
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To: TIElniff
Johnson argues that tax cuts---which he correctly credits with helping cause the 1920s boom---led to "speculation" and inflation. (Wrong: Friedman shows undeniably that the Fed FAILED to expand the money supply equivalent to the growth of real GNP; and that the bank failures were throttling the elasticity of money; and that the Fed never accounted for the influx of European gold---three separate Fed screwups). At one point he correctly points out that "average people" were involved in the stock market, but then seems to also blame "inequities of wealth."

To give him the benefit of the doubt, and looking at his sources, I just don't think he was well-read enough on this subject, especially in recent articles in American Economic Review and Journal of Economic History, which have been nearly unanimous that the stock market "bubble" was minor; that stock values represented real assets; that most people knew what they were doing; and that the Fed was primarily responsible for the initial recession.

20 posted on 10/01/2008 6:59:41 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: LS
Opps, got it wrong. I used to live in Cinti right up the road from you. You must teach at Univ of Dayton?

schu

21 posted on 10/01/2008 1:42:16 PM PDT by schu
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To: schu

Right.


22 posted on 10/01/2008 1:56:05 PM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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