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Freedom Just around the Corner: A New American History, 1585-1828

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2005

    Scholarly, but Negative

    Although this book is highly scholarly, I found it difficult to read because of the author's negativity. He starts by lamenting current student's history knowlege, then proceeds to bash the uncivilized nature of the Irish. The book just doesn't achieve its full potential.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2004

    Very Good

    This is obviously a well researched book. Mr. McDougall does not only a good job of presenting the reader with the actions and prevailing sentiments leading up to the American Revolution, but he also gives more in-depth explanations than you'd find in 'standard' American history books. The motives for revolution were far more complex and varied than the popular conception in this country. Additionally, Mr. McDougall reminds the reader that independence from Britain was not an overwhelming choice for all members of the thirteen colonies. And the author traces the backgrounds of the people who make up those colonies to provide the reason for this. My only (minor) problems with the book were that the included maps did not live up to the quality of the text and I think the author tries a little to hard to make his point that America was built by 'hustlers.' But this is certainly a book I highly recommend for anyone interested in the forming of the country. For a real treat, read it in conjunction with Alan Taylor's American Colonies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    Fascinating Perspective On US History

    I just finished reading Freedom Just Around The Corner and I think it's a great work of history. American history can be deathly dull in the wrong hands, but this book was fascinating, thought-provoking and compulsively readable. I very much look forward to the next two parts. It really gave me a new perspective to look at our history. This book made a great case for how important 'hustling' was in our formation as a nation. I probably have a more strict interpretation of the establishment clause than the author does. That's probably because I'm an escapee from fundamentalism living in the bible belt. People here believe that the founding fathers were 'born-again' Christians. When I try to explain that that's not the kind of Christians they were, can imagine. This work helped me to understand that our Founding Fathers were neither born again fundementalists nor absolute secularists. They were men devout in different ways and to different degrees out to establish a civic religion. Highly recommended for anyone the least bit interested in American history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2004

    A Great Read Just Around the Corner!

    Walter McDougall has written a well-researched and entertaining narrative that captures and celebrates the unique spirit of enterprise, individuality, and sense of unlimited potential that defines America. He not only brings new insights into familiar themes and historical actors, but introduces us to some fascinating 'characters' -- including a great many women -- who played a significant role in the formation of our country's political and social history yet who are normally overlooked. I hope he doesn't wait too long to grace us with the next volume!

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