Book Review: A Patriot’s History of the United States

As most have realized through related posts I have been reading the book, “A Patriot’s History of the United States: From Columbus’s Great Discovery to the War on Terror” by Larry Schweikart and Michael Patrick Allen.

Overall, I believe this book does a good job of getting the history books back on track. This book is written for right-wingers and is very market orientated. Some from the left would probably not get turned away from it until the FDR period on.

One problem in the United States and many other countries is that schools are mostly socialized. In fact, with No Child Left Behind Act most private schools are reined in under a standard of education. That means they learn pretty much the same stuff. Virginia has SOL’s and if the question was “What caused the Great Depression?” or “Did FDR fix it?,” the answers would be capitalism and yes. If I were to start a school in Virginia that was private and taught the opposite my kids would fail the SOL’s.

This book offers interesting incites throughout, about certain market orientated things that I have mentioned on this blog and will be putting up in the near future.

The one problem I had with this book is that after Eisenhower they seem to defend Republicans no matter what and bashed Democrats no matter what. They spend about two sentences bashing Nixon and the rest defending him. Nixon’s economic policies were about the same as LBJ’s but they said that and then moved on. They even at the end defended both the Iraq War and George W. Bush.

True Libertarians would hate the end of the book and some Conservatives would enjoy it, but not any true fiscal ones. They talk about tax cuts a lot but there is more to fiscal than that. Social Conservatives would probably enjoy the ending of the book because there is a part about religion and how social issues became important. Sure, social issues did become important but there should have been a part about how social(ist) Conservatives have undermined the Republican Party since Reagan.

Overall, I give the book a 8/10.


Published in: on June 3, 2008 at 8:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

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