The Politically Incorrect Guide To American History

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Regnery Publishing, Nov 1, 2004 - History - 270 pages
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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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User Review  - Jay A. - Overstock.com

Thomas Wood rocks. Get the truth they don't teach you in school. Read full review

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User Review  - bke - LibraryThing

I don't know how to classify this, history, or historical fiction? Author's assertions were rather poorly documented. Read full review

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Professor Thomas E. Woods, Jr. holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and a master’s, M.Phil, and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Professor Woods is a prolific essayist on historical subjects and is a contributor to five encyclopedias and dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals including The Christian Science Monitor, Investor’s Business Daily, and The New Oxford Review.

Professor Woods is currently a professor of American History at a division of SUNY (State University of New York) and was formerly a teaching assistant at ColumbiaUniversity. He serves as a lecturer across the country. Woods is associate editor of The Latin Mass Magazine and is the author of The Church Confronts Modernity: Catholic Intellectuals and the Progressive Era.

Professor Woods lives in New York with his wife and daughter.

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