The Politically Incorrect Guide To American History [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596980402
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/4/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 235,102
  • File size: 972 KB

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The colonial origins of American liberty 1
Ch. 2 America's conservative revolution 11
Ch. 3 The Constitution 17
Ch. 4 American government and the "principles of '98" 31
Ch. 5 The north - south division 43
Ch. 6 The war between the states 61
Ch. 7 Reconstruction 77
Ch. 8 How big business made Americans better off 93
Ch. 9 World War I 109
Ch. 10 The misunderstood twenties 133
Ch. 11 The Great Depression and the New Deal 139
Ch. 12 Yes, communist sympathizers really existed 157
Ch. 13 The approach of World War II 173
Ch. 14 World War II : consequences and aftermath 183
Ch. 15 Civil rights 195
Ch. 16 JFK and LBJ 213
Ch. 17 The decade of greed? 231
Ch. 18 Clinton 239
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2005

    well-needed antidote to P.C.

    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!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2005

    Treasure Trove of Facts

    This book is entertaining, enlightening and a treasure trove of facts, both shocking and trivial. Highly recommended.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    A great overview

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

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    Good Source for Follow-Up Reading

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2009

    INCORECTLY POLITICALLY WRITTEN

    Mr. Woods tries to show us how our founding fathers laid out the Constitution and Bill Of Rights so America would be a nation with minimum Federal government and strong State's Rights. Per Mr. Woods, many of the issues leading up to the "War For Southern Independence" have been left out, overlooked, and/or twisted around in the history books.

    Up to this point, I agree with Mr. Woods on most issues as he does a fair job of documenting them. After the Civil War, his documentation wanes and his views become theory; all that is good in America is due to big business and ultra-conservative republicans and all that is bad is everything and everyone else. Bad presidents were all democrats and the only good presidents were republicans, except the ones he does not mention because they did not lay down and roll over for the corporate giants. According to Mr. Woods, if we are not in total alignment with the industry giants of huge corporations, we must be evil liberals (or even commies) out for the ruination of America as a democratic republic.

    I spent twenty bucks for a book because the title and cover led me to believe I would be informed about events in our nation's history which are not always politically correct. The real purpose of this book was to reveal how historians have put a liberal's slant on American history to appease the radical anarchist or anyone not fortunate enough to have made millions executing corporate doctrine. Those with independent ideas not considered appropriate by the standards of corporate America are labeled as liberal rabble whose every thought is bad for America. Mr. Woods' book is about partisan politics. It is a one-sided biased philosophy aimed at anyone unable to separate fact from fiction, but will accept a book written by a PhD as gospel.

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    Great reference

    .Should be in every school library, Ideal for middle & high school students

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2005

    It Called the truth

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2004

    AWESOME READ!

    Its about time someone wrote something to counteract all this revisionist history taking place all over America.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2005

    Very thought provoking

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2005

    The unpopular truth

    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.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2005

    Needs Far More Primary Documents to Support Arguments

    If this was a History paper turned in by a college student it would surely get a failing grade. The Author can write that the Purtians did not steal the land from the Indians all he wants too but wishing it doesn't make it so. When he asserts that numerous court cases were won by Indians in land disputes, he had better sight some actual cases/documents or it just comes across as a lot of hot air. We can wish certain things to be true to soothe our white guilt and invigor/justify our white patriotic fever but again simply wishing it does not make it so. All in all the book does little to support its claims but asserts them much like what passes for factual information in the media these days, talking heads speaking in tidy sound bites that do not reflect reality. I purchased this book with excitement it had come highly recommended but considering how other Historians provide actual primary sources and this 'Historian' just plugs other books mostly written in the late 40's, 50's and early 60's (when of course, our view of America was very much romanticized Colonial Williamsburg, 'Gone with the Wind', etc.). I can not recommended it to anyone who is serious about learning the history of our country even when it is ugly and unpleasant.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2005

    At a loss for words

    God awful book with little actual facts to back up claims. If you want to know about the true history of United States read 'A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present' by Howard Zinn, he actually tells the truth and has facts to back it up. And if you're looking for a history book through the voices of individuals who were there then i would suggest you read 'Voices of A People's History of the United States' by Howard Zinn, both are great books.

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2005

    Speaking of revisionist history...

    This is revisionist at its best, or worst, depending on how you look at it.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    EXCELLENT!

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