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Entertaining but flawed
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2020
To be clear, while this is entertaining and readable, it is obvious that mssrs Kilmeade and Yeager are not trained historians. Had this book been edited better, I would have rated it better. These gentlemen commited one of the cardinal sins of historiography insofar as they spun historical facts to support their own ideology. At one point the authors referred to "Jefferson's own Republican party." The GOP did exit yet. The two parties during the time frame in question were the Federalists and the Democratic Republicans ; neither aligns neatly with either the modern GOP or Democratic parties. At one point it was stated that "While Jefferson did own a copy the Quran, he found the values espoused in it so foreign that it was confined to the bookshelf." No reference was given for that statement at all. If I had ever made a statement like that in one of my research papers, any one of my history professors would have made a negative comment and graded me accordingly. Moreover, if The authors had bothered to do some cursory research, they would have that the Jefferson edition of the Quran was commissioned by a Protestant group specifically for casting a negative light on Islam because Muslims do believe that Jesus is the "Son of God" and the Catholic church as the Protestant group in question regarded Catholics as idol worshippers because Catholics venerate the Virgin Mary. Additionally, the Barbary polities are repeatedly referred as "Islamic." While that is true it has nothing to with their piracy as religion was merely excuse for their greed; ideology getting in the way of good writing again . So, entertaining reading yes. Good history, not so much. I submit that the authors may want to take a couple of Historiography classes.