I read this book from Jan. 17 to Jan. 21 2012. If you are unfamiliar with Austrian Economics and it’s philosophy, these questions and answers may not be new to you. However, if you are new to A.E., they will stimulate you to think about American history in a different way. One word of caution – you can save time by reading the “Myth & Truth” sections in each chapter. The sections are single sentences summing up the chapter. Also, there were times when the chapters were a little dry for me. This is not because Woods is a bad author; I was a little unfamiliar with the content, the language and the logic of the chapter. Woods cites his sources and offers a cogent and straightforward look into each question.
This book touches on a variety of topics such as the great Depression, immigration, Indians, wild west, founding father’s intent, Constitution, State’s rights, and even affirmative action. Thomas Woods is a great author and teacher regarding American history and one will learn something new from another vantage on history.
Things I liked:
- Introduction – Woods states an example where a blatant lie becomes ingrained and passed on as truth i.e., Mencken saticarilly writing an article regarding the anniversary of the invention of the bathtub in Cincinatti in 1842.
- Ch. 10 Civil War & Slavery? – I never knew that Robert E. Lee was opposed to slavery – he fought as a Virginian.
- Ch. 17 Executive Orders – Started with T.R. and has been growing ever since.
- Ch. 28 Jury Nullification – Do not let any judge or lawyer talk you out of jury nullification. You are sitting in judgement of the law and the defendant. This is the intent of the founding fathers.