Pastor Matt Recommends “A Patriot’s History of the United States”

Posted: September 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

It is difficult to find a good one-volume history of America and it is even tougher to find one that is not written from a secular, revisionist perspective.  Paul Johnson’s A History of the American People is a notable exception and it is elegantly written and fairly well researched but the author is not a historian and it has taken hits from elitists for that reason alone.  History buffs, like myself, and students who have not bought in to the neo-marxism of works such as Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States have longed for an academically credible one-volume American history.  Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen have answered that call with A Patriot’s History of the United States.  The authors actually dare to argue that men such as the founding fathers acted beyond self-interest and that the actions of such citizens throughout our history cannot but evoke patriotism.  What a novel idea!

A Patriot’s History is a well-written and finely researched work that every pastor should have on his or her bookshelf.  I meet too many pastors who fail to engage our culture because they have bought the modern myth that America was designed to be a secular nation and has too checkered a past to warrant any attention.  Schweikart and Allen should persuade them otherwise. 

Moreover, A Patriot’s History, alongside Thomas Sowell’s fine Intellectuals and Society, will help dissuade pastors from being seduced by the left as have so many over the past few years.  I recommend picking up a copy as soon as possible.


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