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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,037 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Schweikart, Michael Allen Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781455187270
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Since the liberal revolution of the ’60s and ’70s, American history books have been biased toward the negative, distorting the way America’s past is taught. They overemphasize America’s racism, sexism, and bigotry while downplaying the greatness of her patriots. As a result, more emphasis is placed on Harriet Tubman than on George Washington, more on the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII than D-day or Iwo Jima, more on the dangers we faced from Joseph McCarthy than those we faced from Josef Stalin.

This book offers a long-overdue acknowledgment of America’s true and proud history. The authors reexamine America’s discovery, founding, and development with an appreciation for the principles of public virtue, personal liberty, and private property that have made this nation so uniquely successful.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book has taught me more about our history than any I’ve read in years. A Patriot’s History of the United States should be required reading for all Americans.”

    Glenn Beck

  • “Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen remind us what a few good individuals can do in just a few short centuries…A fluid account of America from the discovery of the continent up to the present day.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A welcome, refreshing, and solid contribution to relearning what we have forgotten and remembering why this nation is good, and worth defending.”

    National Review

  • “There are a thousand pleasant surprises and heartening reminders that underneath it allAmericaremains a country of ideas, ideals, and optimism—and no amount of revisionism can take that legacy away.”

    Humane Studies Review

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/16/2014

    " A VERY long read but worth the time. Interesting how an author's values can determine what is taught or remembered in history - one person's hero can be another's villain and certain important events in history can be totally left out of our childrens' school textbooks without us even realizing it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 2/14/2014

    " This is a very good U.S. history. Be warned, Schweikart is an ultra-conservative and this is vry evident throughout the book. I found that he was right on the money with his information, if not his viewpoint. I found it easy to read, and I believe he did a great job, at times, to find the silver lining in situations. I would definitely recommend reading this book, especially if you have read Howard Zinn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debi9kids | 2/13/2014

    " OMGOSH! EVERYONE should read this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Herrick | 2/6/2014

    " Highly addictive. I missed it on those days I couldn't read it. I absolutely loved this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri Anderson | 2/1/2014

    " I'm loving this book so far! Finally, a history book about America for conservatives! I'm still a long ways from finishing, but this is 830 pages long plus another 70 pages of footnotes. It spans from Columbus to post-9/11. I've been hoping to find just such a book as this, one not tainted by progressive revisionist history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 1/25/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cayenne | 1/21/2014

    " I can't believe I actually read this whole thing. I did it bit by bit every day for a year and a half. It was fascinating. I appreciated the more conservative point of view and the inclusion of religion as a vital part of American history. Well written. Definitely worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 1/18/2014

    " Ben and I read this together and it opened our eyes to History we have forgotten or never learned. Thought a history book and dry at times, I highly recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 1/13/2014

    " A noticeable republican slant, which is ok for me. It is a long but easy to read history that also improved my understainding of how America and the American life is today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/1/2014

    " It was pretty interesting once I got past the first American settlers but too long to finish in the time I had it on loan. I would like to finish it one day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake Gordon | 12/25/2013

    " This was a good, balanced book until it hit the War on Terror, then it leaned so far to the right that it was embarrassing. Some of the events they brought up in relation to the War on Iraq have since been proven patently false. Overall, it was very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jera Gunther | 12/7/2013

    " It took me almost 3 months to read this book because it was long and I really had to focus. I learned a lot from this overview of history. I would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/4/2013

    " Finally, after 1.5 years (or more - ye gads), I HAVE FINISHED THIS BOOK. So yeah, it's a history. And a good one. But covers almost 300 years. So it takes a while. Still, to be a history it was really entertaining. Pick it up as a reference. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Mcdermott | 12/4/2013

    " A great read. Brilliant and pretty fair. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 12/2/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. Fully highlighted and book marked. If you want a true history of the U.S. this is the book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Bush | 11/27/2013

    " I learned so much in this book. It was entertaining and informative. It was long, but I persisted. I thought it was even handed in the beginning, but leaned to the right at the end. That was okay, as I do, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 11/18/2013

    " Want to know how the USA really got started & how the founders (both men and women) intended for the Constitution and the rule of law to be the backbone of this country? Then read this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nick | 11/15/2013

    " This book is like the last refuge of scoundrels. Garbage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 7/23/2013

    " Good overall coverage of our history. Has some bias toward the Right but not as bad as the bias toward the Left in many other books. The important thing is his facts seem to be accurate and he presents information left out of many other books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 sologdin | 5/25/2013

    " Blinkered garbage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Elton | 5/17/2013

    " This is an excellent book. I only read parts of it because it was SOOOO long. Very interesting and gives a better understanding of our country "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald | 5/16/2013

    " An excellent history of the U.S. It does not gloss over the not-so-good parts of our history, but neither does it take the view that everything America has done is wrong. There is a great deal I had never been taught in school within these pages. Highly recommended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sean Chick | 5/5/2013

    " The books commits two crimes. On the one hand it is partisan, and therefore poor history, but worst of all it is horribly written and disorganized. If you want an interesting conservative take on American history look into Russell Kirk, who knew how to craft a phrase. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 1/1/2013

    " This was a great overview of American History! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Winnifred | 10/31/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 *HOLLY* | 5/9/2012

    " The longest nonfiction book I've ever read. Actually, the longest book I've ever read, period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/15/2012

    " Hard to rate what is basically a text book. A good history refresher. And it only took a couple of years to get through it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 1/8/2012

    " This should not be called a Patriot's History. A better title would be a right wing republican's history. If Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck were to write a history, this would be it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 4/16/2011

    " I really liked it. I enjoy reading to gain further knowlegde and insight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 3/14/2011

    " Ben and I read this together and it opened our eyes to History we have forgotten or never learned. Thought a history book and dry at times, I highly recommend it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 2/25/2011

    " Tries a little too hard. We don't have to gloss over the rough patches in American history to love our country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/21/2011

    " A very expansive retelling of our country's history - this should be required reading in school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 1/5/2011

    " Excellent book on the history of the United States. This is the version those of us a certain age and older remember being taught in public school before the progressives began to change things. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in political history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 1/3/2011

    " This is a book I have learned a lot from and love to read in sections when I am between novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse | 12/13/2010

    " Not clear on the details of the American Revolution, Pancho Villa, James. K. Polk, the Granger Movement, Progressivism, Prohibition, and the New Deal. Well, this book is just what Dr. Spock ordered.

    Be aware though, it is, in fact, a history book a can take a while to read (944 pages). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 11/15/2010

    " a very long book (829 pages) but if half of it is true, we need to throw away our newspapers, CBS, ABC, NBC news. we are being duped by the media and their lack of agenda for the truth....Awesome book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 10/1/2010

    " This book should be required US History reading for every middles school and high school student in the USA. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 9/28/2010

    " Excellent! Nice to learn about the many events that the progressives have removed from other history books. "

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About the Author

Larry Schweikart is a professor of history at the University of Dayton and the author of many other books, including A Patriot’s History of the Modern World.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television.