Historian Larry Schweikart and co-author Dave Dougherty provide a new perspective on America's half-century rise to the center of the world stage. In A Patriot’s History of the Modern World, they correct many of the biases that cloud the way people view the Treaty of Versailles, the Roaring 20s, the crash of 1929, the deployment of the atomic bomb, and other critical events in global history.
No other country, they argue, has shaped the modern world more than America, as a champion for innovation, equality, democracy, and freedom far disproportionate to its geographical size, its population, or even its military might. And contrary to the protestations of critics and enemies, the United States has, time and again, proved itself a force for good, far more often than not. The authors show how a free, capitalist nation could thrive when put face-to-face with tyrannical and socialist powers, and they narrate the many times when America proved its dominance by upholding the principles on which it was founded. They also illustrate how our nation ascended to superpower status at the same time it was figuring out its own identity. While American ideals were defeating tyrants abroad, a constant struggle against progressivism was being waged at home, leading to the stumbles of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the attack on Pearl Harbor.
A Patriot’s History of the Modern World offers a new perspective on our extraordinary past and presents lessons each of us can apply to preserve American exceptionalism today and tomorrow