The Miracle of Freedom: Seven Tipping Points That Saved the World

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To what do we owe the great privilege of freedom?
• To a handful of Greek soldiers and their naval commanders in a life-or-death confrontation with the Persians in 480 bc?
• To a small band of Frankish soldiers who stood against the conquering armies of Islam more than 1,300 years ago?
• To the people of Great Britain who refused to surrender to the overwhelming power of Hitler's Third Reich? Today, fewer than...

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Overview

To what do we owe the great privilege of freedom?
• To a handful of Greek soldiers and their naval commanders in a life-or-death confrontation with the Persians in 480 bc?
• To a small band of Frankish soldiers who stood against the conquering armies of Islam more than 1,300 years ago?
• To the people of Great Britain who refused to surrender to the overwhelming power of Hitler's Third Reich? Today, fewer than 12 of the 193 countries in the world have a democratic government that has survived for more than fifty years. So, what extraordinary events in history have made it possible for us to enjoy self-rule and personal liberty? And what role has the hand of God played in securing that freedom? In this remarkable new book, bestselling authors Chris Stewart and Ted Stewart highlight seven miracles that changed the course of the world. Skillfully weaving story vignettes with historical explanations, they affirm that history would have been dramatically altered if any one of these events had turned out differently.

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"Most of us don't fully understand how rare freedom is in human history. Liberty didn't just appear in 1776. With Miracle of Freedom: Seven Tipping Points that Saved the World, Chris & Ted Stewart have written an eye-opening & entertaining history that spans thousands of years. If you're worried about the loss of freedom at home, and the attacks on Israel abroad, this important book should only reaffirm our commitment to stand tall."--(Glenn Beck)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606419519
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/3/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 142,764
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Stewart is a bestselling author who has published more than a dozen books, has been selected by the Book of the Month Club, and has released titles in multiple languages in seven countries. He has also been a guest editorialist for the Detroit News, among other publications, commenting on matters of military readiness and national security concerns. He is a world-record-setting Air Force pilot (fastest nonstop flight around the world) and president and CEO of The Shipley Group, a nationally recognized consulting and training company.

Ted Stewart was appointed as a United States District Court Judge in 1999 by President Bill Clinton. Prior to that, he served as chief of staff to Governor Michael O. Leavitt, as executive director of the State Department of Natural Resources, as a member and chairman of the Public Service Commission, and as chief of staff to Congressman Jim Hansen. He has been a visiting professor at two state universities, teaching courses in law and public policy.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

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    Concise and interesting summary of pivotal events

    This is a very concise and cogent presentation of 7 pivotal events in world history. The authors utilize a clever approach by mixing fictionalized first-person accounts with standard historical narrative. (They utilize different typefaces to highlight the changes to younger or more casual readers). Each of these events has been the subject of exhaustive historical analyses in their own right. This book is a perfect launching point to introduce the significance of each of these events and place them in a framework that provides the reader with an understanding and appreciation that may fuel additional, in-depth study of one or more of these critical junctures in history. Highly recommended for the serious middle- or high-school student that thinks history is "boring". This book shows how history can come alive and how the world we live in today is a function of many (sometimes random) events that have taken place across time.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Why isn't this a Nook book?

    Odd, you can get this on the kindle, but not on the nook. Anyone know why?

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2011

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    Interesting and able to keep my attention

    Sometimes books like this lose my attention quickly. This book was able to blend a fictional story throughout each event that helped explain the world at that time. There is alot of information in this book and pages of footnotes, however it is not dry. The subject is very meaty so it could easily be a very boring book. I was afraid that it might end up being like a textbook but it was not. I would consider this a "living book" that is educational and at the same time easy to read. Definitely would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys history or is just looking for a book to read that has some substance.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2011

    Why isn't this a book nook??

    Why isn't this a book nook!!! Makes me want to buy a kindel.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    A revisionist Christian right version of events, for those of yo

    A revisionist Christian right version of events, for those of you who are real students of history I would recommend you pass on this book. Interesting theory but lacks a serious counter argument about Christianity, a religion that did not always embrace freedom, individual thought, science and philosophy, and often supported despotic and cruel princes throughout its history. While everyone knows that Christianity played a significant role in the development of the West, I would give Greek society and the early Roman Empire a lot of credit for the development of democracy, rule of law and freedoms we have today, all embraced during the Renaissance and continued into the Enlightment period despite the resistance of the Church. The slavery theme developed in the book is pure fiction to me, unfortunately Christianity did not prevent the bondage of millions of people and many manipulated their Christian faith to support it. The argument that Christianity paved the way for Capitalism is simplistic and does not account for many other factors which produced that economic philosophy. Full disclosure I am a moderate Catholic, so while I do believe that Jesus' teachings did help support an argument for democracy and freedom. The author's argument that Christian "reason and logic" was directly influenced by the Greeks and many Romans, and way not on display during the Inquistion, persecutions, crusades, and did not prevent slavery in the West. I would say there is a reason why Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter are recommended reads for people who like this book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Well wwritten

    This book contains some interesting historical facts and puts together a wel documented case for the miracle we take for granted.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2011

    Excellant book. Anyone with any interest in history should read it

    Well written, concise and to the point. History could have been very different had these tipping points had different results. Much much worse from the standpoint of freedom.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    This book should be taught in our schools.

    This book should be taught in our schools.

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    Allow me to strongly recommend against reading this book, 7 Tipp

    Allow me to strongly recommend against reading this book, 7 Tipping Points that Saved the World. I received it as a Christmas present. It's supposedly about seven great moments in history that led to some of the political freedoms enjoyed today. One of the seven "tipping points" is the discovery of the New World. Why? Because it started a huge infusion of gold, silver, cash crops (sugar, tobacco, etc.) and food crops that helped Old World monarchies defeat the Ottoman Empire. There's literally NOT A SINGLE WORD about the many millions of indigenous Americans who were killed, enslaved, or died of disease due to the European conquest of the Americas. The deaths of 50 million people (to use a conservative estimate) are apparently not even worth mentioning, as the only noteworthy aspect is the wealth that revitalized European monarchies, allowing them to oppress their own populations and kills lots of Muslims. This is what qualifies as one of the great moments in the history of freedom?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2011

    I am looking forward to see this book in the nook

    let us know when this book will be in the nook

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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