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

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

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by Ted Stewart, Chris Stewart
     
 

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"How unusual is it, really, in the history of all known human experience, to enjoy the blessing of living free?" The answer may surprise you. In The Miracle of Freedom, Chris and Ted Stewart make a strong case that fewer than 5 percent of all people who have ever lived on the earth have lived under conditions that we could consider "free." So where did freedom come

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"How unusual is it, really, in the history of all known human experience, to enjoy the blessing of living free?" The answer may surprise you. In The Miracle of Freedom, Chris and Ted Stewart make a strong case that fewer than 5 percent of all people who have ever lived on the earth have lived under conditions that we could consider "free." So where did freedom come from, and how are we fortunate enough to experience it in our day? The journey to freedom has been thousands of years long. Now that it has found its place in the world, the question for those of us who experience its benefits is simply this: Will we work to preserve the miracle of freedom that we enjoy today?

Editorial Reviews

Glenn Beck

"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. This is one of the best history books I’ve ever read...Every library in America should have this history book in it. Unbelievable. You’ll love it.”—Glenn Beck

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609088873
Publisher:
Deseret Book Company
Publication date:
02/06/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
186,861
File size:
936 KB

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A deeper look at the human record reveals a series of critical events, obvious forks in the road leading to very different outcomes, that resulted in this extraordinary period in which we live. These tipping points-foundational events that allowed for the marriage of Greek philosophy and Judeo-Christian theology-laid the bedrock for democracy and freedom in our modern age.

Seven of the most important of these historical tipping points would be:

1. The defeat of the Assyrians in their quest to destroy the kingdom of Judah
2. The victory of the Greeks over the Persians at Thermopylae and Salamis
3. Roman Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity
4. The defeat of the armies of Islam at Poitiers
5. The failure of the Mongols in their effort to conquer Europe in AD 1241
6. The discovery of the New World
7. The Battle of Britain in World War II

It is important to understand that, in and of themselves, none of these events created the gift of freedom that we enjoy today. However, each of them proved to be a critical tipping point in which the future of the world was altered, creating the cradle in which the gift of democracy could be born and flourish in our day. (And yes, there are many other events that would make this story more complete, but time and space must limit our effort to just these seven.)

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Glenn Beck
"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)

Meet the Author


Chris Stewart is a bestselling author who has published more than a dozen books. He is a world-record-setting Air Force pilot 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 and in various executive positions in government.

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The Miracle of Freedom: Seven Tipping Points That Saved the World 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Jefjiljuljenjon More than 1 year ago
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.
ts5641 More than 1 year ago
Odd, you can get this on the kindle, but not on the nook. Anyone know why?
BethBDarcy More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be taught in our schools.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book contains some interesting historical facts and puts together a wel documented case for the miracle we take for granted.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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let us know when this book will be in the nook
QZed More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why isn't this a book nook!!! Makes me want to buy a kindel.