33 Questions About American History You're Not Supposed to Ask

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Crown Publishing Group, Jul 10, 2007 - History - 320 pages
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Guess what? The Indians didn’t save the Pilgrims from starvation by teaching them to grow corn. Thomas Jefferson thought states’ rights—an idea reviled today—were even more important than the Constitution’s checks and balances. The “Wild” West was more peaceful and a lot safer than most modern cities. And the biggest scandal of the Clinton years didn’t involve an intern in a blue dress.

Surprised? Don’t be. In America, where history is riddled with misrepresentations, misunderstandings, and flat-out lies about the people and events that have shaped the nation, there’s the history you know and then there’s the truth.

In 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask, Thomas E. Woods Jr., the New York Times bestselling author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, sets the record straight with a provocative look at the hidden truths about our nation’s history—the ones that have been buried because they’re too politically incorrect to discuss. Woods draws on real scholarship—as opposed to the myths, platitudes, and slogans so many other “history” books are based on—to ask and answer tough questions about American history, including:

- Did the Founding Fathers support immigration?
- Was the Civil War all about slavery?
- Did the Framers really look to the American Indians as the model for the U.S. political system?
- Was the U.S. Constitution meant to be a “living, breathing” document—and does it grant the federal government wide latitude to operateas it pleases?
- Did Bill Clinton actually stop a genocide, as we’re told?

You’d never know it from the history that’s been handed down to us, but the answer to all those questions is no.

Woods’s eye-opening exploration reveals how much has been whitewashed from the historical record, overlooked, and skewed beyond recognition. More informative than your last U.S. history class, 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask will have you wondering just how much about your nation’s past you haven’t been told.


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Had some interesting points but mostly took those points and drove them into the ground. The book could have had 100 things with shorter explanations and been much more interesting. Read full review

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Do not buy this misleading book. Woods (I wish it was Gordon and not Thomas) retrieves obscure quotes to formulate misleading interpretations. The credentials Woods has and his conclusions are politically linked, if you know what you are reading. Trust me, my education is on par with Woods. My biggest problem with this paper weight is the citations. Most of which are not scholarly and I would never use them for a thesis. Save your money, I can refute all but 3 of his arguments. I expected so much more. He made money though!!!! 

Contents

HOAXES AND HISTORY
2
WAS THE CIVIL WAR ALL ABOUT SLAVERY OR
75
CAN THE PRESIDENT ON HIS OWN AUTHORITY SEND
84
IS IT TRUE THAT DURING WORLD WAR II
97
I3 HOW DOES SOCIAL SECURITY REALLY wORI?
106
WAS GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER REALLY
114
I5 WAS THE U S CONSTITUTION MEANT TO BE
120
WHO Is MOST RESPONSIBLE FOR THE IMPERIAL
134
I9 WHERE DID THOMAS EFFERSONS RADICAL
153
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN THE WHISKEY
159
DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION?
180
DOES THE CONsTITuTIoNs COMMERCE CLAUSE
198
COULD REFUSE TO ENFORCE UNJUST LAWS?
216
SHOULD AMERICANS CARE ABOUT HISTORIANS
242
SCHOOLS AND SUPERSTITION
261
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
293

IS DISCRIMINATION TO BLAME FOR RACIAL
143

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Thomas E. Woods jr. is the New York Times bestselling author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History and How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization. He holds a B.A. in history from Harvard and an M.A., an M.Phil., and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. A contributing editor of The American Conservative magazine, Woods has received the Templeton Enterprise Award, the O. P. Alford III Prize for Libertarian Scholarship, and an Olive W. Garvey Fellowship from the Independent Institute. He and his family live in Alabama, where he is a fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute.


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