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The 10 Big Lies about America: Combating Destructive Distortions about Our Nation

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“It ain’t so much the things we don’t know that get us into trouble,nineteenth-century humorist Josh Billings remarked. “It’s the things we know that just ain’t so.”

In this bold and brilliantly argued book, acclaimed author and talk-radio host Michael Medved zeroes in on ten of the biggest fallacies that millions of Americans believe about our country—in spite of incontrovertible facts to the contrary. In The 10 Big Lies About America, Medved pinpoints the most pernicious pieces of America-bashing disinformation that pollute current debates about the economy, race, religion in politics, the Iraq war, and other contentious issues.

The myths that Medved deftly debunks include:

Myth: The United States is uniquely guilty for the crime of slavery and based its wealth on stolen African labor.

Fact: The colonies that became the United States accounted for, at most, 3 percent of the abominable international slave trade; the persistence of slavery in America slowed economic progress; and the U.S. deserves unique credit for ending slavery.

Myth: The alarming rise of big business hurts the United States and oppresses its people.

Fact: Corporations played an indispensable role in building America, and corporate growth has brought progress that benefits all with cheaper goods and better jobs.

Myth: The Founders intended a secular, not Christian, nation.

Fact: Even after ratifying the Constitution, fully half the state governments endorsed specific Christian denominations. And just a day after approving the First Amendment, forbidding the establishment of religion, Congress called for a national “day of public thanksgiving and prayer” to acknowledge “the many signal favors of Almighty God.”

Myth: A war on the middle class means less comfort and opportunity for the average American.

Fact: Familiar campaign rhetoric about the victimized middle class ignores the overwhelming statistical evidence that the standard of living keeps rising for every segment of the population, as well as the real-life experience of tens of millions of middle-class Americans.

Each of the ten lies—widely believed among elites and taught as truth in universities and public schools—is a grotesque, propagandistic distortion of the historical record. For everyone who is tired of hearing America denigrated by people who don’t know what they’re talking about, The 10 Big Lies About America supplies the ammunition necessary to fire back the next time somebody tries to recycle these baseless beliefs. Medved’s witty, well-documented rebuttal is a refreshing reminder that as Americans we should feel blessed, not burdened, by our heritage.

Synopsis:

The author of Right Turns goes behind the scenes to reveal the truth about some of the most pernicious and pervasive myths about America, in a provocative look at such "lies" as corporate America oppresses ordinary citizens, compassionate government programs provide the best escape from poverty, and more. 50,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Zeroes in on ten of the biggest fallacies that millions of Americans believe about our country-- in spite of incontrovertible facts to the contrary.

About the Author

MICHAEL MEDVED is the host of one of the most popular talk-radio programs in the country, reaching more than four million loyal listeners. He is the bestselling author of ten other books, including Right Turns, Hollywood vs. America, and What Really Happened to the Class of ’65? A member of USA Today’s board of contributors, he also writes a weekly column for Townhall.com. For more than a decade he served as cohost of Sneak Previews, PBS’s weekly movie-review show. Medved graduated from Yale with departmental honors in American history and attended Yale Law School as well. He lives with his family in the Seattle area.

Table of Contents

"America was founded on genocide against Native Americans" — "The United States is uniquely guilty for the crime of slavery, and based its wealth on stolen African labor" — "The founders intended a secular, not Christian, nation" — "Ameirca has always been a multicultural society, strengthened by diversity" — "The power of big business hurts the country and oppresses the people" — "Government programs offer the only remedy for economic downturns and poverty" — "America is an imperialist nation and a constant threat to world peace" — "The two-party system is broken, and we urgently need a viable third party" — "A war on the middle class means less comfort and opportunity for the average American" — "America is in the midst of an irreversible moral decline".

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307449832
Subtitle:
Combating Destructive Distortions about Our Nation
Publisher:
Crown Forum
Author:
Medved, Michael
Author:
Michael Medved
Subject:
National characteristics, american
Subject:
Culture conflict
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
Audio Books-Politics
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Politics-United States Culture
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20081118
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
280

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Humanities » Philosophy » Ethics

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"Synopsis" by , The author of Right Turns goes behind the scenes to reveal the truth about some of the most pernicious and pervasive myths about America, in a provocative look at such "lies" as corporate America oppresses ordinary citizens, compassionate government programs provide the best escape from poverty, and more. 50,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Zeroes in on ten of the biggest fallacies that millions of Americans believe about our country-- in spite of incontrovertible facts to the contrary.
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