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What did you love best about The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History?
Woods' use of quotes to show the real meanings and reasons behind some of the big moments of American history.
What other book might you compare The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History to and why?
Meltdown by Woods
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What does Barrett Whitener bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His accents are a little distracting. Not really needed for a non-fiction, history book.
If you could give The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History a new subtitle, what would it be?
What you SHOULD have learned in school.
Any additional comments?
Another enjoyable book by Tom Woods. This really is the "history you SHOULD have learned in school" book. He starts from the beginning of the first European settlers and goes right into the Reagan/Clinton era. Probably the most that I learned was the section on World War I. It is very interesting how war hungry some of the Presidents were and how vocal they were about it. The fact that Woods uses a lot of quotes shows that these aren't just conclusions drawn from connecting dots but letting the actors of history speak for themselves. That's probably the biggest strength of the book throughout. Although there are, at times, conclusions and some assumptions it is balanced with clear moments of history that are there in the open. It's just not clear why you didn't learn about this in school. I also enjoyed the reading suggestions at the end of each chapter. Final Grade - A
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
You learn what they taught you had many parts left out or rewritten to smooth out
the less favorable aspects.
I thought the facts as presented about Roosevelt, the crash of '29 and his struggle to
guide the country through it were somewhat harsh in presentation.
That being said, this book remains a most fascinating listen.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
I, as an Australian, was thoroughly enthralled with this perspective of US history. The narrator does a rock steady job even accomplishing German and French accents quite well!!
You would think a book about history would be boring, however, I found this quite compelling and even moving at times.
Do yourself a favour, chill out, be ready to have some preconceived notions challenged, and above all, ENJOY.
I would read again.