The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History

The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
Looks at American history with an irreverant and hard-hitting look at the nation's important people and events, concluding that the American Revolution was fought by conservatives and the First Amendment accepted state-sponsored churches.

Perseus Publishing
Claiming that most textbooks and popular history books were written by biased left-wing writers and scholars, historian Thomas Woods offers this guide as an alternative to "the stale and predictable platitudes of mainstream texts." Covering the colonial era through the Clinton administration, Woods seeks to debunk some persistent myths about American history. For instance, he writes, the Puritans were not racists intent on stealing the Indians' lands, the Founding Fathers were not revolutionaries but conservatives in the true sense of the word, the American War Between the States (to even call it a civil war is inaccurate, Woods says) was not principally about slavery, Abraham Lincoln was no friend to the slaves, and FDR's New Deal policies actually made the Depression worse. He also covers a wide range of constitutional interpretations over the years, particularly regarding the First, Second, Ninth, and Tenth amendments, and continually makes the point that states' rights have been unlawfully trampled upon by the federal government since the early days of the republic. Though its title is more deliberately provocative than accurate, Woods' attack on what he sees as rampant liberal revisionism over the past 25 years proves to be an interesting platform for a book. He's as biased as those he rails against, of course, but he does provoke thought in an entertaining way even if he sometimes tries to pass off opinion as hard facts.
This quick and enjoyable read is packed with unfamiliar quotes, informative sidebars, iconoclastic viewpoints, and a list of books "you're not supposed to read." It is not a comprehensive or detailed study, but that is not its aim; instead, it offers ideas for further research and a challenge to readers to dig deeper and analyze some basic assumptions about American history--a worthy goal that Woods manages to reach. -


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An American history professor sets the record straight on American history with an irreverant and hard-hitting look at the nation's most important people and events, concluding that the American Revolution was fought by conservatives and the First Amendment accepted state-sponsored churches. Original.

Publisher: Washington, DC : Regnery Pub. ; Lanham, MD : Distributed to the trade by National Book Network, c2004
ISBN: 9780895260475
0895260476
Branch Call Number: 973 W867p
Characteristics: xv, 270 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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steve1958
May 25, 2017

not fake news,just fake facts.

DebAK May 15, 2016

Our friend Naturalist thinks that by reviewing twice he makes his points more clearly. Sometimes less is more.

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naturalist
Jan 04, 2016

secessionist apologetics ...
“Thomas E. Woods, Jr. and the Neo-Confederate Catholic Right”
by Frank Cocozzelli, posted May 4, 2013 The Daily Kos
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/5/4/1206728/-Thomas-E-Woods-Jr-and-the-Neo-Confederate-Catholic-Right . . .
and . . .
“Why Conservatives Are So Upset with Thomas Woods's Politically Incorrect History Book”
by Ronald Radosh, posted on HNN History News network
http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/10493#sthash.IvNv2KFf.dpuf
and . . .
“A Bigot's Guide to American History – A new history of America questions everything from civil rights to the legality of the 14th Amendment. According to the NY Times it's the 8th most popular book in America.”
by Eric L. Muller, posted February 2, 2005 on AlterNet
http://www.alternet.org/story/21139/a_bigot's_guide_to_american_history

EuSei Oct 23, 2013

The book’s “Description” and the review by “Publisher’s Weekly” are extremely biased, quite contemptuous of the author. (Incidentally, PW doesn’t label known Liberal authors “liberal,” although they have no problem calling Woods’ opinions as “classically conservative”…) It is obvious they spouse the same opinion of the books Woods condemn. My suggestion is read the book and arrive to your own conclusions.

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naturalist
Sep 25, 2013

About Regnery Publishing --
Welcome to Regnery Publishing, the country’s leading publisher of conservative books....From the very start, Regnery has been a major force within the conservative movement.....
http://www.regnery.com/about/

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csandkc
Apr 11, 2012

This review is quite biased and it's safe to assume that many books recommended are corrections of liberal revisionist history books. The fact is that public school children are still encouraged to view the South as morally wrong in the Civil War and the North as morally right. Some kind of balance needs to be struck without sacrificing the facts of history.

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