Sunday, June 28, 2015

From a Liberal Perspective

To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party
By Heather Cox Richardson

The best way to read history is to read about the people who made it. The history of the United States is a very interesting one, as a predominantly agricultural society turned itself into the world's most powerful nation, in some ways losing itself in the process. I have been indulging in quite a bit of non-fiction these days, and this one was just begging to be read.

Now, the thing about history is that it is always a reconstruction of events and is never accurate. The reconstruction is always done to suit a particular line, and this book takes a rather liberal line to it. Therefore, while reading, it is important to distinguish between the facts and the value judgments. This book is no different and it is difficult to keep in mind that the Republican Party has really been very fluid, moving with the move of the times.

From Lincoln all the way to Bush, Jr., the book is a good compilation of all the people who molded the Party to their ideology. It is these people who build a nation and changed the world. 

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