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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (76 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brion McClanahan Narrator: Tom Weine Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Politically Incorrect Guides Release Date:
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They were the greatest generation in American history. Yet how much do you really know about the Founding Fathers? And how much of what you “know” is actually myth perpetuated by leftist history professors who dismiss the Founders as wealthy, racist, sexist, dead-white-males whose principles deserve to be as dead as they are? Here to rescue the reputations of our Founding Fathers from the plague of modern political correctness is The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers. Author and professor Brion McClanahan profiles Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, and other important Founders; traces the key issues of the day and shows how they dealt with them; and in the process details the Founders’ deep faith, commitment to the cause of independence, impeccable character, and visionary political ideals.

Even better, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers proves that the Founders had a better understanding of the problems we face today than do our own hopelessly liberal and painfully self-serving members of Congress. McClanahan shows that if you want real and relevant insights into the issues of banking, war powers, executive authority, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, states’ rights, gun control, judicial activism, trade, and taxes, you’d be better served reading the Founders than you would be watching congressional debates on C-SPAN or reading the New York Times.

That makes The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers much more than simply a restoration of a bit of our patrimony, reconnecting us with the greatest political thinkers in our history—as urgently needed as that is. McClanahan shows that it was from their debates—and their bedrock conservative principles—that we secured our liberty. He argues that only by understanding their principles will we be able to keep the freedom that Americans have cherished for generations. That makes this a vital guide to restoring a sane, sober, Constitutional sense of responsibility to today’s public debates.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “McClanahan does far more than merely rehabilitate the Founders. In his devastating and relentless presentation, he reminds us, on one issue after another, how utterly opposed they were to what has since become fashionable opinion. Here’s the stuff our competent historians know but would rather you didn’t.”

    Dr. Thomas Woods, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Brion McClanahan’s bang-up new book gives us the Founding Fathers as they really were, providing what intelligent readers of history want: the plain truth.”

    Dr. Kevin Gutzman, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution

  • “McClanahan presents us with a delightfully contrarian and refreshing perspective on the Founders, on that can help us rediscover their wisdom for our time.”

    Dr. Jeff Rogers, history professor, Gordon College

  • “The American history profession ignores or denigrates our founding fathers because they were champions of liberty and feared Big Government. Brion McClanahan’s Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers sets the record straight and revives the true history of these great men. Every student—and teacher—in America needs to read this book.”

    Dr. Tom DiLorenzo, author of Hamilton’s Curse

  • “Our American Founding Fathers were the leaders in the creation of a unique and noble experiment in liberty and self-government. The passage of time, the misunderstanding of superficial commentators, and misrepresentations by those pushing agendas incompatible with the Founders’ wisdom, have hidden and distorted our real history…McClanahan, one of the ablest of younger historians, has gone a long way toward uncovering who the Founders were and what they really intended.”

    Dr. Clyde Wilson, professor emeritus, University of South Carolina

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Robin | 4/10/2013

    " Another book recommendation from my 13 year old history fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Todd | 5/30/2011

    " It's amazing how differently people look at our government today compared to when we were founded as a nation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Janet | 6/26/2010

    " Incredible wealth of quotations. They haven't taught this in public schools for a long, long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sherri *Mistress of Laundry* | 2/10/2010

    " 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. "

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About the Author

Brion McClanahan is author of The Founding Fathers’ Guide to the Constitution, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers, and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Real American Heroes and holds an MA and PhD in American history from the University of South Carolina. Born in Virginia, he attended high school in Delaware and received a BA in history from Salisbury University in Maryland.