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Publisher's Summary

Every schoolchild is taught the great turning points in American history, such as Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy assassination, and 9/11. But other, equally significant events have altered our destiny without being understood - or even widely noticed. Acclaimed conservative historian Larry Schweikart now takes an in-depth look at seven such episodes and reveals the profound ways they have shaped America. He also asks listeners to reconsider them not just in terms of what happened but in light of the Founding Fathers' vision for our nation. What would Washington, Jefferson, or Madison have said about these events?
In the same accessible style of his previous best sellers - A Patriot's History of the United States and 48 Liberal Lies About American History - Professor Schweikart doesn't merely recount our history; he forces us to rethink what makes our country great. He shows how individual liberty, private enterprise, and small government helped build a free and prosperous nation. Conversely, whenever these values have been threatened by big government, oppressive taxes, and special interests, we lose sight of the principles that made us strong. You'll be surprised to learn how these events spurred sweeping changes that still affect us today.
For instance:

Martin Van Buren's consolidation of the first national political party made it possible for Barack Obama to get elected almost two centuries later
Dwight Eisenhower's heart attack led to a war on red meat, during which the government took control over Americans' diets
The rock 'n' roll craze (often mistakenly claimed as a liberal phenomenon) helped bring about the decline of communism and the fall of the Soviet Union
In this time of national uncertainty, it has never been more important for Americans to understand what has shaped our national destiny. This provocative book will enlighten anyone looking for clarity about our past and inspiration for our future.
©2010 Larry Schweikart (P)2010 Tantor
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"A welcome, refreshing, and solid contribution to relearning what we have forgotten and remembering why this nation is good and worth defending." (National Review)
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By Russell on 09-18-10

WOW!! an eye opener

This is a great book! it shows how there has been a subtle domino effect thought out American history. All those little events lead us to where we are now. This is an interesting and entertaining eye opener.
I like the fact that the author did not lean left or right.
The the guy who said this book had a right wing slant; all I can say is this is the first time I heard it explained that Reagan screwed up, and that screw up lead to 9-11

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By Chet on 01-03-12

A Reader's Digest of unrevionist American History

Would you listen to Seven Events That Made America America again? Why?

These are events that are key to understanding where we are, how we got here and how terribly easy it would be to lose what we consider to be the most valuable aspect of our ability to create the lives we want for our families.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The clear defining of the reality that what we now have is an absolute abnormality in the experience of humans. 2-5% of human kind have had the freedom we have had and that only in the last couple of centuries - but we seem to somehow think this is the norm. It is not, nor is it likely to continue untended by energetic human endeavor.

Have you listened to any of Peter Berkrot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It should make anyone cry if they love individual freedom.

Any additional comments?

Should be required reading in order to get a GED or better.

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