Revolutionary Summer

b00a5mrg6e-01-lBook #3: Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence , Joseph J. Ellis

The summer of 1776 was perhaps the most important summer in American history.  In it, the colonies declared independence in the chambers of the Continental Congress and on the battlefield.  In this masterful recounting of our founding summer, Joseph Ellis interweaves the political and military events that established the United States as a new nation.  He describes the key characters and illuminates the interactions between Great Britain and the US colonies.  This book is an absolute must read for anyone interested in early American History.

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If You Can Keep It

4107e7gu95lBook #24: If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty, Eric Metaxas

When asked whether the Constitutional Convention produced a republic or monarchy, Ben Franklin answered, “A republic, madam – if you can keep it.”  What seems obvious to us with the benefit of over 200 years hindsight was a fragile dream in the hearts and minds of our founders.  They realized that what they produced was something so completely different than had ever been tried that it’s very existence was subject careful, generational preservation.  And though we as a nation have survived many great trials, the preservation of what has made us as a nation unique is as fragile today as it was in the days of the founding.  If we do not safeguard this idea and pass the torch to the next generation, we are at risk of losing the very essence of what makes us American.

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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History

51xutveafplBook #6: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History, Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger:  The “Shores of Tripoli” are an oft repeated but little remembered reference in the U.S. Marine’s Hymn.  With ships and trade threatened by the Barbary pirates.  The leaders of the young American nation were faced with a decision of whether to pay tribute or face the 4 barbary nations that threatening U.S. interests.  As a departure from Washington and Adams foreign policy, Thomas Jefferson decided to face the barbary pirates with military force.  This is the story of the first official military conflict of the young American nation.  It is a fascinating description of the naval and land conflict that secured U.S. interests with the barbary nations and helped establish America as a respected nation.

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Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America

b000x16q5o-01-lBook #3: Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America, Mark Levin

Our country was founded on the principle that men are not angels and that there needs to be a balance of power in order to avoid the tyranny of power.  However over the years, activist judges in the judicial branch of government have reached beyond their constitutional obligations and defined policy from the bench.  In this book Mark Levin describes judicial activism and shows how activist judges have usurped the constitution in decisions from ranging freedom of religion to the court’s role in elections.  It is a fascinating read and is a chilling warning should the wrong people be nominated to the courts.

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What’s so Great about America

b00bs02ds8-01-lBook #20: What’s so Great about America, Dinesh D’Souza

In recent times the idea of American exceptionalism has been challenged both at home and abroad.  In this book, Dinesh D’Souza outlines challenges to American exceptionalism and uses that as a framework to discuss what makes America so great.  It is a must read for American patriots and critics alike.

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