Skip to comments.A Patriot's History of the United States . . . Finally, On Sale Today!
Posted on 12/29/2004 5:39:25 AM PST by LSEdited on 12/29/2004 8:20:02 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
This is it, Freepers! A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus' Great Discovery to the War on Terror goes on sale today!
Freepers, if you love history, and, more important, if you think that there has been a void in the telling of America's REAL history, this book is for you.
Thanks to you several Freepers who have read and commented on parts of this book. It is already the winner of February's Lysander Spooner Award for literature that advances the cause of liberty, and we are in talks with Fox and other outlets for a media blitz to take place during the official "roll out" in the second week of January. Meanwhile, if you are returning Christmas gifts and didn't get that "stocking stuffer," by all means, this is it!
I'll be happy to autograph copies if any Freeper wants to send me their copy, tell me to whom they want it inscribed or what they want it to say, and provide a postage-paid return envelope!
Some brief (if fun) anti-review material by a one "Ralph E. Luker" who doesn't like Schweikart: http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/5407.html
http://www.google.com/search?q=luker+schweikart+war takes us to http://www.historynewsnetwork.com/articles/1401.html - a fickle dialog on President Bush's impact on the muslim world beginning with a similarly named Schweikart essay.
Schweikart starts off with an intriguing reference to the "World Island."
Mackinder is a curious character: http://www.bartleby.com/73/2041.html
Yah, ol' Ralphie is a closet (?) socialist.
"Fickle?" Is that you Ralph?
Dunno much about him. He appears to come from a secular humanist, multiculturalist perspective from the few snippets I read of his comments. So of course we're not better at anything. I kind of agree with him that too much hyperbole regarding our tactical victories in Iraq is nauseating. If he can't take that a step further and see that there's a larger strategy at work, then I think he's just another tie-died sandal wearer who should be surfing in Santa Cruz instead of ribbing conservative pundits. Then again, Schweikart seems the serious type, perhaps akin to VDH only with less experience. So some ribbing comes with the territory.
I will check it out. BTTT.
Schweikart, I am he.
Awesome! Er, sorry :)
I had no idea. I used Google to get some context here. Good luck with the book. There are some other writers on FR you probably already know. Y'all should make a club or something.
I'm goin' to buy it. I know I'll just love this book. I'm going buy several for other family members. God Bless You. ;o)
Luker and I have been round and round on H-Conserv. Suffice it to say, if he thinks I'm a "whacko," you ought to see what I think of him. And suffice it to say he loses all the arguments :)
Is there any chance I can get an autographed copy?
Thanks. I know you'll love it (and I wouldn't say that about all my books, or even most of them). But this one is special, and if you don't get teary-eyed over the sections on Lincoln, I'll eat the pages with salt.
You might want to look into buying this book. LS has the same belief standards as both of us. A True Believer!!!
Absolutely. I'll give you my mail in a private message, an dif you send it, with an enclosed (stamped) return envelope, I'll be happy to. Just tell me what you want inscribed.
I found HHN and conservativenet.com from that search. Interesting stuff. I'm relatively new to online conservative activism and I'm glad to find them. Something tells me I prefer the FR format, though.
About the Author
Larry Schweikart is a history professor at the University of Dayton.
Michael Allen is a professor of history and American studies at the University of Washington, Tacoma.
Product Description: 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 countrys 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 Americas role as a beacon of liberty to the rest of the world.
Schweikart and Allen are careful to tell their story straight, from Columbuss voyage to the capture of Saddam Hussein. They do not ignore Americas mistakes through the years, but they put them back in their proper perspective. And they conclude that Americas 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.
H-conserv is really for academics, and it runs through a (good) moderator but it lacks the fire of FR and also is VERY slow. Moreover, because it IS mostly academics, many don't want to say anything that is too controversial for being "outed" as "real" conservatives. So they tend to be a quiet bunch.
His "Modern Times" is simply the best history book ever written.
You know, my main problem with "Intellectuals" (and I use the section on Marx as required reading in my West. Civ. classes) is that PJ HIMSELF is guilty: he admitted to having a mistress all these years. So it blunts his charges of "hypocrisy" a great deal.
That's interesting -- I didn't know about that. However, it's only hypocrisy if Johnson had made a big deal out of "family values" or traditional morality. Although I cannot claim to have read all of his work, my impression is that he largely concentrates on "big picture" conservative issues, dealing in power, liberty, and the struggle of democracy with totalitarianism. I never thought of him as a "social conservative."
Well, he attacks Marx for having a "sex slave" in his basement, and overall his message is that you can't trust these peoples' views because their personal lives were hypocritical.
I know someone who left an MA program because of rampant academic marxism. During the Cold War parts of his family had been behind the iron curtain, and knowing their former plight, he felt nauseated every time his teachers would bring up some marxist concept.
I just ordered it from Amazon.
Thank you! I'll autograph it if you want to send it to me with return postage.
Is it in the stores yet? I don't know if I can wait for Amazon delivery. If I can I will go out and purchase it today. I have'nt had much time to read much outside of work lately, but I will make time for this one.
BTW, see you are a Prof at UD; I'm down here in Cincinnati. You all dug out of the snow yet?
Thank you for the offer. I'll probably just want to immediately begin digging into it. I need a quick antidote for much of what I've had to study lately.
This is a must have. Can't wait to read it. Very cool of you, LS.
"Local Freeper Makes Good With Book" Ping!!!
It sounds really interesting, LS!!
sounds great! congratulations LS! i will need to get this for my highschooler and middle schooler.
Well I'll have to buy the book then.
Good catch. Drag 'em out of the closet on here so we can pummel em :)
Thanks for the ping!!
Go Larry! Go Larry! Go Larry!
Good luck, sir. Keep up the good work!
"Y'all should make a club or something."
Starting a club might be a little risky. :)
Wonderful news; will put it on my gift list.
I can't say if the bookstores actually have it IN today---hoping they do---but Amazon gives a 10% discount (it's a good deal) and they deliver pretty quickly. If you get a copy, I'll autograph it if you want to send it to me with return postage.
I'll autograph it if you want to send it to me with a postage-paid return envelope.
800 pages! Wowser! Seriously, congrats for the Spooner Award, and best wishes for success.