Critics are offended the Pilgrims are portrayed as heroic and courageous, not as murdering, evil invaders. [No doubt to the consternation of the academic grudge-holding crowd.] Limbaugh believes kids are getting such a distorted and negative view of the nation’s founders and that’s why he wrote the book.More of the review here.
Turns out it is a darned good story, [Imagine that!!] remarkably popular, [Like I said . . .] and more Rush Revere adventures from American history seem sure to come. Horrifying, eh? (Bracketed comments mine.)
And another conservative talk radio host is running rings around historians. Glenn Beck's Miracles and Massacres is also near the top of the Amazon charts:
History is about so much more than memorizing facts. It is, as more than half of the word suggests, about the story. And, told in the right way, it is the greatest one ever written: Good and evil, triumph and tragedy, despicable acts of barbarism and courageous acts of heroism.More here. And you can watch an interview about Beck and his book on the Today Show below. When it comes to American history, who is really reaching the masses? The answer to that question has to be driving the elites mad.
The things you’ve never learned about our past will shock you. The reason why gun control is so important to government elites can be found in a story about Athens that no one dares teach. Not the city in ancient Greece, but the one in 1946 Tennessee.
Some might be surprised to hear Beck state that "We [America] did a lot wrong." Of course, he puts it all in context and is not agreeing with progressive historians who take that part of our history and gallop to a "let's transform America into a socialist state while we trash our traditions" perspective. And there's a very fundamental reason for that which escapes most progressives.
Yet there are some of the inner circle who are aware of the "reaching the masses" problem, even if they don't quite understand all the reasons it exists:
"The problem with academic historians is they are not reaching a wide popular audience," *Shoaf said. He said there is a need for factual, well-researched historical articles that are moderately priced and appeal to the masses. Shoaf said that in his business, people often are reluctant to read social history because they think it is boring. (Source.) *Dana Shoaf was (maybe still is) editor of the Civil War Times.It's much more than just "boring", though that is a major problem. If you doubt me, read their books and blogs. People are also reluctant to read "social history" because they are sick and tired of being preached to by moralists who want to use their platform as an America bash-fest. Until they admit that and change, they'll never reach a wide popular audience. And that's a good thing.