A Patriot's History of the United States of America

Story of a Patriot of the United States of America, written by Larry Schweikart, covers the history of the United States since its discovery by Columbus in 1492 to about 2005, when Hurricane Katrina. This book is well documented and footer provides a summary of the history that is rarely covered extensively in other books. Even if you think you remember some kind of American history in high school, probably this book will show the points that I did not know or have forgotten.

What you will find

Although this book is about America, the book begins with Europe. It is difficult to understand Columbus's voyage, without taking a look at Marco Polo and the Basque de Gama. Columbus's voyage does not occur in a vacuum, Schweikart does an excellent job of tying in events in Europe for the discovery of America. Similarly, the author briefly discusses the Aztecs, though he lived in South America, although the Spanish were not innocent in their conquest of South America, the Aztecs and other Indians of South America was not peaceful people, Some history books make it. Throughout the book the author tries to show pretty much the strengths and weaknesses of both sides of the story.

History of the U.S. Patriot covers all the great figures of history, as well as some that are less known, yet important. George Washington and Benjamin Franklin's contributions, but so are the contributions of people like the Queen Liliuokalani and Mike Fink. Many of the players in the latter part of the book is more familiar to us, like Colin Powell and Sadaam Hussein, because their names were on all the news in our lives.

The book covers all the important periods of American history. It covers the colonial period, the Revolutionary War, the formation of the nation's western expansion, Civil War, reconstruction, modern wars of the 20th century and the history of the United States that many readers of the book have lived. It's about taking an honest look at each event, some of the actions of Andrew Jackson viewed with rose-colored glasses, nor are some of the actions of American to Native Americans. Honesty helps you learn things that may not have seen in school textbooks which sometimes go out of their way to paint the United States in an overly patriotic.

Structure of the Book

Each chapter of the story A Patriot United States is presented in a similar format, with a brief introduction, a timeline, and then the rest of the chapter, divided into manageable sections. This style makes the book easy to read, the design also makes it easy to search for specific events. Although not an index in the back of the book, if you can not remember the name of a person or event, the index is not useful. If you want to search for a rebellion that happened in Virginia in late 1600, but could not remember his name was Bacon's Rebellion, this format is very useful.

Throughout the chapters, there are additional sections to answer questions that do not fit the general description of the story. These sections ask questions like "Did Columbus kill most of the Indians?" or "Daniel Boone, civilizing or misanthrope? "Schweikart lists their sources after these sections, if you want to read more about it.

At the end of the book, there are 69 pages of notes. As I read the book, I found myself turning to the notes when the author mentions a fact or a conclusion that is new to me. Schweikart used books, original sources, magazine articles and web sites reputation to reach their conclusions.

If you are looking for a book that can give you an overview of American history that links it to what came before and looks to the future, Story of a Patriot of the United States of America is well worth a look.

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