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A Patriot's History of the United States . . . Finally, On Sale Today!
Penguin/Sentinel and Amazon.com ^ | 12/29/04 | LS

Posted on 12/29/2004 5:39:25 AM PST by LS

Edited on 12/29/2004 8:20:02 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

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To: LS

Much needed!


101 posted on 12/29/2004 11:24:35 PM PST by dennisw (G_D: Against Amelek for all generations.)
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To: LS; Future Snake Eater; fporretto; walford; rwfromkansas; Natural Law; Old Professer; RJCogburn; ...
I think he misses the real significance of the 1950s; and, of course, stops sooner than we do.
Do you find it difficult to detach yourself from such current history as the War on Terror for analytical purposes?
Not really. I am of the view that while no historian can escape biases, one should neither pretend they do not exist (the "empiricists") or seek to counterbalance them with antithetical concepts (the New Left).

If you look at my previous book, "The Entrepreneurial Adventure," published in 2000, I went through 1996 or 1997 and (so far) my assessment of what was happening at the time I wrote it does not appear to be too far off.

I am interested in the nature of factual reporting, and the limitations of topical information ("the fog of war"). Part of my brief against journalism as we know it is the fact that journalists IMHO continuously hide from the judgement of history by taking refuge in the fog of breaking news. That is, they simply change the subject when events threaten the template in which they have been cramming the news into.

For example, "the Cold War is over" - but who won it, and who lost it? From the Tet offensive until the disintegration of the USSR, journalism was unanimous that the Right Wing Cold Warriors such as Reagan were the great threat to peace and safety of the world. Yet Reagan can be buried full of honors as the statesman who won the Cold War without the least implication that journalism, and journalism's pollitical organization known as the Democratic Party, fought Reagan tooth and nail from the start of his campaign for the presidency to the inauguration of his sitting VP as president. And beyond, with the Iran-Contra investigations.

As I said - the subject of journalism's wrongheaded perspective during the Cold War simply never came up when Reagan's life was celebrated. Yet the signal virtue of Reagan was that he was able to do what was necessary over the bitter opposition of journalism and its lackeys.

Do I get a discount on your book for invoking my ping list? : )


102 posted on 12/30/2004 2:23:53 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters but PR.)
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To: LS

I bought my copy of it at borders yesterday. Had to pay full price but its worth every penny. Finally Howard Zinn has serious competition in how American history is treated and interpreted. Its about time!


103 posted on 12/30/2004 2:25:44 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: LS
I would have preferred a 2,000 page tome. You mean you couldn't compete with the Oxford Companion To United States History? On second thought, I'm glad it wasn't another encyclopedia
104 posted on 12/30/2004 2:27:40 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: LS

Paul Johnson's treatment of American history on the whole is fair and sympathetic. One can disagree with some of his interpretations but then its perfectly in the nature of historians to have their own take on how and why certain events happened.


105 posted on 12/30/2004 2:29:39 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Media bias bump.


106 posted on 12/30/2004 3:02:33 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

In PHUSA, WE WON the COld War, pure and simple. Sorry, the discount on Amazon is as steep as it gets. But I will autograph.
LS


107 posted on 12/30/2004 4:52:48 AM PST by LS
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To: goldstategop

You should see how much we cut! Originally, I don't even know the word length, but we had to cut it by 1/3, then in the last moments, we had to chop another 20,000 words. We lost a lot of "social history," music, art, lit., and sidebards that were interesting, but, alas, expendable!


108 posted on 12/30/2004 5:14:20 AM PST by LS
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To: goldstategop

Yep. As I say, next to ours, his is the best. But ours is better. It's the difference between a Corvette and a Ferrari1!


109 posted on 12/30/2004 5:15:13 AM PST by LS
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion; LS
That is, they simply change the subject when events threaten the template in which they have been cramming the news into.

That's an interesting take. I'd almost say you were wrong in your assessment if reporters did what they were supposed to do and report the news. However, they continually try to spin it to fit their view of "the way things should be." Therefore they fancy themselves as present-day historians, never really taking into account what has happened before that created the events which they are reporting.

The main reason I asked about the detaching ones self from recent history for analysis is that I've always heard that it's nearly impossible to truly analyze the effect an event has on history without at least a generation or so between the event and the analysis, otherwise your analysis would be too buried within the world created by the event (does that make sense?).

110 posted on 12/30/2004 7:57:56 AM PST by Future Snake Eater ("Stupid grandma leaver-outers!"--Tom Servo)
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To: Future Snake Eater
Yah, this is an ongoing concern for historians---i.e., when is something subject for "historical" analysis. While new evidence can come out that will change an interpretation (for ex., only in 1969 was it proven that A. Jackson had really nothing to do with causing the Panic of 1837 through his policies; or only in the last coupld of years did Patricial Cornwall prove that Jack the Ripper was Walter E. Sickert, and actor/artist), as often as not, time does NOT change the intial observations.

I'm comfortable bringing things up to the present (meaning, submitted to the editor) after which time there is a several month gap between submission and editing, then still more time before publication.

111 posted on 12/30/2004 8:01:04 AM PST by LS
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To: LS; conservatism_IS_compassion; All

Thanks for the history ping

IMO, the best overview history texts were written pre-WWI when the western culture was trying to understand where they came from, who they were, where they were going plus understanding the cultures they conquered and why they had to conquer them.

Today, we are trying to grasp why we are given the responsibility of reforming Islam. Today, there are 100,000 books on the subject. Fifty years from now, ONE history books will obscure the facts to fit Iraqi War into one paragraph, no doubt fitting a certain agenda.


112 posted on 12/30/2004 10:22:50 AM PST by sully777 (our descendants will be enslaved by political expediency and expenditure)
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To: sully777

I think you'll find we know where we came from, and where we are going in our book.


113 posted on 12/30/2004 10:29:26 AM PST by LS
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To: LS; All

Since "A Patriot's History. . . ." is now available on Amazon.com, I notice that Amazon also now lists a limited number of copies of the long out-of-print volume, "Our Ageless Constitution," 1987 Bicentennial Edition, by Stedman and Lewis, a 320-page work on the ideas and principles underlying the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. At the time of the Bicentennial, this book provided a reminder of the danger of the "living constitution" proponents who have, in the intervening years, further eroded our liberty in violation of the Constitution's own Amendment Process.

That book makes a great companion piece for "A Patriot's History of the United States," inasmuch as "Our Ageless Constitution" outlines the Founders' philosophy and principles. The Editors collaborated with many leading constitutional scholars who detailed step-by-step the methods by which we have strayed from those philosophies and principles over 200 years.

The Editors, in 1995, published an abridged version entitled "Rediscovering the Ideas of Liberty," but it did not contain the detailed accounts of judicial, legislative, and executive departures that the original volume did. "Rediscovering...."

Thank you, LS, for your work!


114 posted on 12/31/2004 12:02:20 PM PST by loveliberty2
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To: loveliberty2

Cool. You're welcome. Amazon's execs are no fools. They know that conservative ideas---no matter when they were written---still have a market. Heck, next you'll see us "packaged" with "God and Man at Yale" and "Atlas Shrugged."


115 posted on 12/31/2004 4:54:06 PM PST by LS
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To: LS

I just got back into town and into the swing of FR, this looks great!


116 posted on 01/02/2005 8:49:23 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: LS

As a fellow historian, I say "hoorah" and "it's about time!" I can't wait to read your book.


117 posted on 01/02/2005 1:42:36 PM PST by The Right Stuff
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To: The Right Stuff

It's good. And I don't say that about everything I write, but there are passages in this that, I think, soar. I'm particularly proud of our interpretation of the 1950s and of the sections on Woodstock, Reagan, and Lincoln.


118 posted on 01/02/2005 2:29:37 PM PST by LS
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To: LS; Travis McGee; spatzie; hookman; Alamo-Girl; Wolf_Lochert
First book I've ordered in the new year. It strikes me as mildly amazing that we're at the midpoint of the first decade of this new century, and your work looks to be an appropriate milepost along that journey.

No sense hiding your light under a bushel, however. Here's a more reasonably sized cover shot:


119 posted on 01/03/2005 9:06:24 AM PST by archy (The darkness will come. It will find you,and it will scare you like you've never been scared before.)
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To: Travis McGee; Eaker; AK2KX; Ancesthntr; ApesForEvolution; archy; backhoe; Badray; t_skoz; Becki; ...
I just got back into town and into the swing of FR, this looks great!

Concur. Worth a CWII ping, IMHO, too.

120 posted on 01/03/2005 9:08:59 AM PST by archy (The darkness will come. It will find you,and it will scare you like you've never been scared before.)
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I'm going into a room with a non-internet computer for a few months until I've finished "Domestic Enemies."

Great to see LS hitting the mark with "A Patriot's History!"


121 posted on 01/03/2005 9:18:41 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: archy

Wow. Thanks for the compliments.


122 posted on 01/03/2005 9:26:20 AM PST by LS
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To: archy

Buuump!


123 posted on 01/03/2005 10:24:35 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Travis McGee
I'm going into a room with a non-internet computer for a few months until I've finished "Domestic Enemies."

Good luck and Godspeed Matt.

Hit it hard. Git-R-Done.

124 posted on 01/03/2005 3:23:33 PM PST by Vigilantcitizen (#40)
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To: LS

BTTT


125 posted on 01/03/2005 3:51:30 PM PST by spodefly (This message packaged with desiccant. Do not open until ready for use or inspection.)
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To: LS

I just ordered the book. Thank you for writing it. We will be studying American History next year with our son. We usually just use very dry Christian textbooks for history, but I like a well written narrative. You have provided another much needed source for our history studies. Thank you for all the hard work. I'm really looking forward to reading it.


126 posted on 01/04/2005 3:43:01 PM PST by Waryone
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To: Travis McGee

excellent, glad to here that you are determined to finish it.

Thanks for Domestic Enemies. I am looking forward to it.

I am hanging fire on the next case of books, lots of irons in the fire, so to speak...


127 posted on 01/04/2005 6:56:55 PM PST by marktwain
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To: Travis McGee
I just started reading your book (purchased via Amazon) - I should not have started reading it - the first few pages made my stomach sink and I am still uneased by what I read, I have this feeling of dread. This novel works on such a level because the event presented could be true. Many feel and some have written about how deep in our nation's power elite circles people exist like this with agendas of all kinds. I saw what such manipulative powers did over in Bosnia and Kosovo (sorry to sound like a broken record on the Balkans).

Highly recommended reading for this book. It is an intelligent read - not corny or cornball as some first time amateur works on "right wing" topics tend to be but Tom Clancy like in its authorship, professionalism and plausibility both in plot and in character development. The poor patsy in the first few pages not only seemed like a real man - but we know such broken and forgotten men exist living in VA hospitals or on the streets of our cities.

PS: Folks, while this is TG's first book it is not a light book. Lots of pages - bible thick and great for long vacation reading. It has gravitas both in weight and content.

128 posted on 01/06/2005 10:37:36 PM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: Destro
Thanks again!


129 posted on 01/07/2005 9:39:45 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: LS

le bump for a timely purchase......


130 posted on 02/15/2005 6:35:38 AM PST by RaceBannon ((Prov 28:1 KJV) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.)
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To: archy

I just got my copy in today's mail. Thanks for the heads-up!


131 posted on 04/07/2005 6:16:59 AM PDT by Wolf_Lochert (Ask me about my vow of silence.)
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To: archy

Hey, would you check that I am still on this ping list, archy? I just happened to find this. Now I gotta go buy another book. {:0)


132 posted on 04/07/2005 6:34:10 AM PDT by MileHi
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To: MileHi
Hey, would you check that I am still on this ping list, archy? I just happened to find this. Now I gotta go buy another book. {:0)

Yep, you're good. Check your FReepmail.

133 posted on 04/07/2005 10:34:59 AM PDT by archy (The darkness will come. It will find you,and it will scare you like you've never been scared before.)
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