Johnson's "History of the American People"

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    Tom you mention in your lecture on JFK that you were disappointed by Paul Johnson’s “A History of the American People”. Do you still think it is worth reading? If no, is there a good libertarian history that covers the entire history of the U.S. in depth?


    It’s probably worth having; Johnson is always interesting, and when he’s unreliable you can tell right away. His book Modern Times is an excellent (world) history of the 20th century.

    There really isn’t a libertarian history of the U.S., I’m sorry to report. I’ve done a bit with my Politically Incorrect Guide to American History and 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask. There’s Schweikart and Adams’ A Patriot’s History of the United States, but it’s much worse than the Johnson volume. This is a project for someone to do.

    There are decent treatments of particular episodes, time periods, and historical figures, but no overall text.

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