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A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  1,701 ratings  ·  176 reviews
For the past three decades, many history professors have allowed their biases to distort the way America’s past is taught. These intellectuals have searched for instances of racism, sexism, and bigotry in our history while downplaying the greatness of America’s patriots and the achievements of “dead white men.” As a result, more emphasis is placed on Harriet Tubman than on ...more
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Published February 27th 2007 by Sentinel Trade (first published 2004)
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Jun 03, 2008 T.J. rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: "fair and balanced" readers, those wanting to "see both sides", your annoying liberal friends
I do like that it doesn't even pretend that it's objective. That's nice. But it's also about as historic as the movie Troy. The outright political agenda a la Fox News is so steaming from the political right it almost makes Howard Zinn look more balanced than revisionist. There are good points and there is value in creating a telling of American history that makes one simply feel proud of America and all its done. And there is indeed very much to be proud of in our great country. But to ignore t ...more
A fantastic way to get "true" American history. For such a thick volume, it reads incredibly well, even humorous in some parts. Refreshing after years in the institution of the university system.
David Robins
Overall, a very biased book that pretends not to be; it was written as a sulk toward Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, and it shows; while Zinn is open about his biases and actually reasonably objective, this book is not a history, but a collection of opinion pieces that glorifies the god that failed (democracy) and always abominates liberty in favor of it and jingoist nationalism.

Some particulars:

p. 50, false implication that the state has a right to some share of an indivi
M Caulfield
Mar 27, 2010 M Caulfield rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to M by: Glenn Beck
We have been lied to. Large blocks of vital history that makes us who we are today are maliciously absent from today's high schools and universities. We are products of a system that makes us inclined toward self-loathing as Americans. Informed, educated people know that the liberal left has taken over our public schools beginning in the early 70's. You don't have to be a right-wing conspiracy nut to know that history books were rewritten in order to indoctrinate our youth into believing that th ...more
Dec 03, 2007 Christopher rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the real history of the US
Remember being taught about the heroism of the battle of Iwo Jima? How about the moral compass of the founding fathers of the United States? What about the intracate reasons of why capitalism was not only adopted as the US's financial, but also the way it actually was used as the cornerstone to build the country from scratch? If you barely have vague recollections of these events, you probably grew up indoctrinated by public schools and Universities, being force fed the negative history of a cou ...more
This was an excellent, unbiased, and comprehensive history of the United States. I learned so much more from this book than I ever learned in history classes in school. Reading it chronologically really helped to see the big picture and the cause and effect of many different events. Although some reviews state that this is a one sided view, I would disagree. I felt the author showed the good, the bad, and the ugly of many political parties ( after all, in our nation's history there have been mor ...more
T. Edwin Perry
The difference between "A Patriot's History" and other American History Books is that you can tell that Schweikart and Allen actually Appreciate and Respect the United States. Unlike Zinn's "People's History" book, which carries with it a palpable distaste for what the United States WAS and IS, the authors of "A Patriot's History of the United States" are clearly not rooting for a downfall of the United States. The facts remain the facts, and they are clearly outlined and sourced. The chapters a ...more
Okay it really has taken me more than three months to read this 830 page book about what I should have learned in school. And it should have been a really boring read as I already knew the ending. But surprise surprise I have forgotten alot and never had been taught a bunch of it either. The greatest blessing is how it all weaves together in ways I never understood. What a great book and am more than glad I spent time reading this book.
Christopher Carbone
A Patriot's History of the United States (APHotUS) is really two books; one of them pretty good another atrociously bad.

The book that is good is from about 1776 to about 1870. It describes in very positive but also sensible tones how incredible the United States was; what revolution meant and how the Founding Fathers shaped the world stage. The book starts with Columbus landing in 1492 (it glosses over his bad acts) and continues on to describe the colonies through the revolution.

Its here the
Taylor Cline
If you wondering by now looking through my books if I'm a nerd, yes I am. This is a fat history book. They might as well have made it the dimensions of a text book then it wouldn't have been so fat (900 pages or so). I really great book for all Americans to read. The most important parts of this book were the parts I never really studied in school. I learned more about all parts of our history but I already knew a ton about the Civil War, The Founding, and World War II because these are things I ...more
This is an authentic history of "the greatest nation on God's green earth" ( Michael Medved). While certainly not a book to be read cover to cover, it is a wonderfully accurate history of this country without any made-up facts or "undiscovered" history. In contrast to Howard Zinn's book, I actually have confidence that this book is well researched , right back to the original writings. Keep this one handy to refute the many false claims out there concerning this wonderful land. We are not perfec ...more
Wow, what a great book to listen to while driving. So informative and great at giving you the sides to history that you don't hear. Everyone has heard the phrase that history is written by the winners, but in todays society history seems to be written by the politically correct and whatever the media wants us to "remeber". The parts about 911, the 80's, the great depression and the Civil War are excellent. This book reminds you that we are a great nation and we have so much to be proud of.
Ganglion Bard-barbarian
From the publisher synopsis: "many history books devote more space to Harriet Tubman than to Abraham Lincoln; more to My Lai than to the American Revolution"

And we wouldn't want that, now would we?
This is a wonderful condensed history of the United States. My husband and I read this together and it prompted so many discussions on the history of this great Country! I find myself taking topics from this book and looking for orginal works to expand my knowledge. Every American should read this book. It should be used in classrooms to teach the correct History of the United States.
This book is like the last refuge of scoundrels. Garbage.
A patriot's history is not an unbiased account of history, but seeks to deliberately provide the opposing viewpoint from the Liberal Left that predominates in most history books. The only real unbiased history book would simply be a timeline of facts, people. The book is endorsed by Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, so if you are an ultra-liberal that can't read opposing viewpoints with an open mind; don't read it. For those of you that relish seeing history from different viewpoints, Schweikart and ...more
Great History of the US that is provides a "new" and somewhat more rational perspective, asked questions like "If Roosevelt was the great savior of the depression...why did his policies take 12 years to fix it?" A fair treatment of Kennedy-praise for his innovative tax-cuts (he invented "Trickle-down") and responsibility for failures. I would say it is a must read/listen for anyone that hasn't had an American History class in the last 5 years and that doesn't hate this Country.
It took me a long time to read this book (I read some others at the same time, but I thought it was very interesting because I love history. I had heard of the Cuban Missile Crisis but had never known any of the details. I found the run down of all the U.S. Presidents helpful for the same reason. I learned a lot from this book.
Angela Taylor
This is an overarching history of the United States, and it was nice to read a history of our country that doesn't paint us in a bad light. I also like that the authors didn't gloss over the unfortunate parts of our history, rather, the authors juxtapose good and bad, just as history really happened.
Brilliantly researched, well written, and concise-this is the best history book I've ever come across. It is also one of the few history books that presents American history accurately and in proper context- that America was divinely established.
This is one of my FAVORITE books! Lays out the story of America on an easy to follow timeline without boring the reader. Actually makes history interesting by weaving famous characters into history and tells their stories at the same time.
This should be required reading for every high school student in America. I'll add this should be mandatory reading for every Teacher in America's public school system & every bureaucrat at the Dept of Education.
Rob Satterfield
Aug 17, 2010 Rob Satterfield is currently reading it
So far, an excellent overview of the history of the United States. And to me, it's refreshing to read US history that is not condemning everything the nation has ever done.
Excellent history of the US from Columbus to 9/11. Everything I learned in school and more, with detail and background. They should use this in schools.
Overall, a really fantastic history of the United States. I learned so much of the broad strokes of history that I didn't learn (or don't remember) from school.

It was refreshing to learn both sides of our history -- the critical parts (which we were all taught, and learned to be ashamed of -- such as the mistreatment of Native American Indians), as well as the balanced views what we really were founded on.

My one qualm with the book was the unbalanced focuses. At one point I tired of reading minu
I think it's fair to say that U.S. history as taught to my grandparents was at least somewhat whitewashed. The Founding Fathers were granted demigod status and America was perpetually the land of the free and the home of the brave. Some have called this the "My Country, Right or Wrong" approach. By the 1960s, however, the attitude towards American history underwent a complete revolution. Unfortunately, this new approach didn't offer a more accurate or balanced view; it was just as dogmatic as th ...more
I find it humorous that people get all bent out of shape about historical bias. What? You were looking for a perfect world? Get real. I like this because it takes the liberal look at history (Revisiting America: Readings in Race, Culture, and Conflict, Susan Wyler; Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong James W. Loewen; and, of course, A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present, Howard Zinn.) and turns it on its ear. I've had my students read f ...more
What a daunting task of reading this book when I first cracked it open months ago. 800+ pages in small print is no small thing. But it was worth the effort.

An absolute excellent and comprehensive narrative of the history of the United States. This book captures all the important events and people that have shaped this country....with enough detail to give the reader the main idea or general synopsis. (There's no way only 800 pages can even cover 500 years of history in great depth.) The authors
A whole summer and I finally finished this tome. Ok, I read 2 other books while simultaneously working my way through A Patriot's History. Outstanding. Well worth the effort and offers something for all students of history. Overall, the author presents a well balanced approach to American History. If you only read 1 book on American History, this should be the one.

Provides an excellent counter balance to A People's History of the United States by Zinn. I read Zinn's work in 2000 and have added
Sarah Schoesler
This is a great book for anybody who loves history and doesn't mind a republican slant. It was very informational, but you didn't get drowned in specific dates, locations, etc. It did a great job of giving you the facts along with the story behind the facts (i.e. items you won't find in a textbook). I was a little surprised at the harsh attitude that the authors had in regards to FDR, but I guess that is where the republican slant comes in. I would highly recommend this book for any history love ...more
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