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The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers (Politically Incorrect Guides)

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The truth revealed--and PC myths shattered--about the Founding Fathers
Tom Brokaw labeled the World War II generation the "Greatest Generation," but he was wrong. That honor belongs to the Founders--the men who pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for the cause of liberty and independence, and who established the United States. This was a generation without equal
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Paperback, 354 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Regnery Publishing (first published January 1st 2009)
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John
THE P.I.G. GUIDE TO THE FOUNDING FATHERS makes for especially good reading during a new presidential election cycle (today is the long-awaited showdown between Obama and Romney), but it is perhaps the most lackluster of all the P.I.G. books. Each chapter is a sort of "mini-biography" of each of the men whom the author views as being critical to the initial founding of the United States. With twenty such bios to pour over, it's a bit of a slog, and, by the end, you will probably have trouble keep ...more
Alisi ☆ needs to stop starting new books ☆
This book is okay and the writing style is almost fun to read. The information shared within is hardly "politically incorrect", however. I give it two stars because I find it a bit hypocritical.

The information isn't new. It's the basic sort of stuff you give if you, say, do a tiny bit of reading on your own. The stance the author took is what set me off, however. His whole foundation is "everyone is dissing the founding fathers and I think that's crap and they're so great and wonderful." He goes
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Michael
When I saw “Politically Incorrect” I guess I was thinking along the lines of, ironically, the type of writing about our predecessors that Mcclanahan promptly denounces. The introduction begins by setting this up as a similar response to useless history textbooks and the resultant murky knowledge amongst our fellow citizens as covered by, say, James Loewen. Then the author immediately criticizes Loewen and others as examples of the leftist, revisionist scholarship that his book is conceived of as ...more
Roy Helge
Hardly politically incorrect, but factual and interesting in the parts where the author isn't fighting straw men or debunking "myths" of his own creation. Expressing admiration and praise is all well, but the text suffers from over use of swear words such as "liberal" and "democrat".

He does his best to raise the FOUNDING FATHERS to semi-godhood, but fails.

The book has long passages of interesting history of the today lesser known statesmen and thinkers of the early 19th century. But there are n
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Bryce
A mere two pages in, not even past the introduction, after reading about "feminists," "liberals," "women," and the "left-leaning" written about in incredibly condescending, derogatory terms, I realized I stumbled across a book Not Intended For Me. And like that time in 8th grade when I wandered into the boys' room by accident, I wanted to back my way out as quickly as possible and hope no one noticed my brief presence.
Kevin Hanks
Well written and enjoyable. I understand there is a whole series of these "politically incorrect" books on various topics. It read like a series of mini-biographies about the founding fathers of our nation, most of whom I had at least heard about, and several I'd never heard of at all. I spent much of the time trying to figure out why the author would include what he did. It seemed the author was trying to be a historical mythbuster and talk about what these men were really like. Some he built u ...more
Ryan
Jul 23, 2014 Ryan rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: crap
As someone who has studied this period in American history fairly extensively I was insulted! Politically I am barely left of center, and I found this piece to be immensely fallacious. It isn’t that facts are blatantly wrong; it is that many are taken out of context or lack any context at all. A true examination of any one of the subjects contained in this book will find the reader wondering if the writer did any research beyond a few Google searches with his agenda in the search bar.

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Jacob
This book contains some of the better elements of the PIG guides as well as some of the worse. It doesn't start well, addressing myths and politically correct denigrations of the founding fathers. This kind of thing in the PIG guides is tiresome for me, where I feel that the author wastes time addressing accusations that aren't huge issues or seriously believed by most inhabitants of the U.S. It's also whiny and argumentative to complain about the attacks. In addition, I'm really not convinced o ...more
Rebecca
I like this one the least of the PIGs I have read. Most of the other authors break down between facts, analysis and opinion, but McClanahan mixes his thoughts in. And he has plenty of thoughts. I would have preferred it if he'd let his information stand on its own, because it was powerful enough without his commentary. I don't really mind that he has opinions, because we all do and at least he's upfront about his, but he seemed rather overly biased, without giving any reason for his stance. I th ...more
Nathan Grooms
Brion McClanahan's The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers gives the reader an idea of what our nation's founders believed about freedom and liberty. Some of the issues that defined America at its birth are still prevalent in today's society. Freedom of speech, a free press, the right to private property, a man's right to keep the fruits of his own labor, freedom the tyranny of the state, and the right to bear arms. These are just a few of the core issues that defined our nation. ...more
Elyse Garrison
I was expecting this to be what the cover says, "politically incorrect". Instead I got a watered down book based more on opinion than fact. (he even states it himself in the back "bibliography", if you could call it that, that this is just his opinion based on past read books.) sigh, I will continue my search for the ultimate truth book about our founding fathers.
Julie
I couldn't get through the second chapter due to the author including personal political beliefs. I want to read facts about the past , not one person's interpretation with snide political comments. Not having all footnotes included seems a bit sketchy as well.
Jay
This book was a little too politically charged for my tastes. It was a good history lesson, but it was clearly written with an agenda to counter political arguments from one perspective, with each chapter ending with a list of "Books they don't want you to read," ostensibly to act as a source document for the preceding chapter.
Deborah
I made it into chapter 2 and then gave up. The book was more about gossip I'd never heard than a serious discussion of these men and their sacrifices. Maybe if I'd kept going....
Void lon iXaarii
I'm still amazed at the wisdom of those men which though we may call them "distant past" accurately predicted important issues small and large which are no less of interest today than they were in way more distant past even. While the fact that not all of them are constantly presented with a halo it does bring a more complex and believable picture, though it can for that reason sometimes feel like it may be lacking direction (unlike more preachy books)... but though that did upset my "cinematic" ...more
Ken Yakovac
Presents exactly what the title proclaims in a concise manner. What I really liked was that the author followed up on topics and anecdotes mentioned in books by Ellison, McCollough and other contemporary authors that had left me speculating about whether or not these writers avoided admitting that the founders held certain views as well as the consquences of certain actions. Mcclanahan proved my suspicions were warranted. Great debate ammunition for conservatives and constitutionalists.
SheLove2Read
It's hard to read about the Founding Fathers and not become teary with a sense of pride and admiration in what they accomplished. Truly they were a generation of "men's men" willing to (and some did) put all on the line for their belief that America had earned the right of Independence.
Heather
My goodness, how far we've come from the founding fathers' vision and intent for our country. Great read to understand the Founding Fathers - both famous and those not so well known. My person favorite - Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox".
Luke
McClanahan succeeds in setting the record straight about our founding fathers, but if you want to know more about them, consult McClanahan's "books you're not supposed to read" to go more in depth.
Wendi
This is a really important book to read when studying American History. Citizens need to understand what the United States was meant to be and how unlike that vision it has become.
Jim
Outstanding study of the founding fathers. Debunks a lot of the myths that have developed over the years. Should be required reading in all schools.
Todd
It's amazing how differently people look at our government today compared to when we were founded as a nation.
Janet
Incredible wealth of quotations. They haven't taught this in public schools for a long, long time.
Robin
Another book recommendation from my 13 year old history fan.
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Brion McClanahan received a B.A. in History from Salisbury University in 1997 and an M.A. in History from the University of South Carolina in 1999. He finished his Ph.D. in History at the University of South Carolina in 2006, and had the privilege of being Clyde Wilson's last doctoral student. He is the author or co-author of four books, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers, (Re ...more
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