The Politically Incorrect Guide To American History

The Politically Incorrect Guide To American History

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by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
     
 

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Claiming that most textbooks and popular history books were written by biased left-wing writers and scholars, historian Thomas Woods offers this guide as an alternative to "the stale and predictable platitudes of mainstream texts." Covering the colonial era through the Clinton administration, Woods seeks to debunk some persistent myths about American history. For

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Claiming that most textbooks and popular history books were written by biased left-wing writers and scholars, historian Thomas Woods offers this guide as an alternative to "the stale and predictable platitudes of mainstream texts." Covering the colonial era through the Clinton administration, Woods seeks to debunk some persistent myths about American history. For instance, he writes, the Puritans were not racists intent on stealing the Indians' lands, the Founding Fathers were not revolutionaries but conservatives in the true sense of the word, the American War Between the States (to even call it a civil war is inaccurate, Woods says) was not principally about slavery, Abraham Lincoln was no friend to the slaves, and FDR's New Deal policies actually made the Depression worse. He also covers a wide range of constitutional interpretations over the years, particularly regarding the First, Second, Ninth, and Tenth amendments, and continually makes the point that states' rights have been unlawfully trampled upon by the federal government since the early days of the republic. Though its title is more deliberately provocative than accurate, Woods' attack on what he sees as rampant liberal revisionism over the past 25 years proves to be an interesting platform for a book. He's as biased as those he rails against, of course, but he does provoke thought in an entertaining way even if he sometimes tries to pass off opinion as hard facts.
This quick and enjoyable read is packed with unfamiliar quotes, informative sidebars, iconoclastic viewpoints, and a list of books "you're not supposed to read." It is not a comprehensive or detailed study, but that is not its aim; instead, it offers ideas for further research and a challenge to readers to dig deeper and analyze some basic assumptions about American history--a worthy goal that Woods manages to reach. -

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ISBN-13:
9781596980402
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Publication date:
01/04/2004
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
270
Sales rank:
153,645
File size:
995 KB

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The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Professor Woods does an excellent job of refuting some of the common myths of American history. I sincerely wish this book was required reading for high school students today I wish I had a book like this when I was in high school back in the 1990s. My favorite part of the book is Wood's critique of Reconstruction he shows clearly that the Radical Republicans abused their authority in order to keep themselves in power. I remember my history teacher giving me only politically correct articles to read on this period of history. Parents, buy this book and make your kids read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great, enjoyable book! It's filled with little-known facts, as well as lots of good, recent sources -- AND, yes, some old books too (written before the p.c. craze took over). It's NOT true that the author provides no support for his arguments -- book suggestions and internal references are all over the place, not to mention a 10-page biblio. On the Puritan-Indian issue, he cites scholarly articles and one of the most influential books on the issue ever written. What more could you ask for in an intro book? And there's much more. Want to know what the First Amendment was really supposed to mean? How about the forgotten Ninth Amendment? Want to know Jefferson's strategy for keeping government limited? The truth about big business? The truth about FDR and his New Deal? The truth about the War on Poverty? And on and on? You'll find the facts here -- and countless references to follow up on. A treasure. I must have given away 15 copies this past Christmas. My hat is off to this brave scholar, who's written a factually sound and totally enjoyable book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As one who considers himself a minor history buff, I find that I have enjoyed reading books that add to my knowledge. This PIG Guide to American History not only provides what many school textbooks do not, but fills the margins with other titles and sources of information for anyone who wishes to dig deeper into the stories that made America what it is. I thoroughly enjoyed this reading and found each topic well packaged for easy digestibility. This would make a great gift for any college grad who majored in history or for anyone who enjoys learning about our past.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is entertaining, enlightening and a treasure trove of facts, both shocking and trivial. Highly recommended.
jfk1942 More than 1 year ago
.Should be in every school library, Ideal for middle & high school students
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great step/introduction into further and more indepth reading about all the politically incorrect aspects of American History. Read with an open mind and rely on logic and you'll certainly enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its about time someone wrote something to counteract all this revisionist history taking place all over America.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the book I have been looking for. I absolutely love this book. It uses actual specches and writtings of our founding fathers. It is what they thought, felt, and believed. There is no revision here just the truth. Revision is what you get in the classroom. I would highly recommend it to those who want to know what happened. The only down side I could is the book does not deep enough fo me.
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I correct a silly spelling error. :0)
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First of all, this book is in no way meant to be an exhaustive account of American history but what it covers it does so accurately. Read this book if you want a hint of the truth that is hidden from us in PC history courses. Read the references and do your own research if you want to understand the reality of American history. I even recommend Zinn's book; some enlightening facts can be gleaned even amidst the putrid Marxist sophistry and it gives insight into the mindset of Marxists (not as corrupt as you think). Communists denounce this book as 'revisionist' but fail to see the hypocrisy in their appraisal of Zinn's book. I hope Woods writes an account of American history the length of Zinn's book.