It should come as no surprise that the history we are exposed to in school is bland, awkward, and sterile. The people who are directly responsible for building the world we live in today, have been rendered into stereotypes and two-bit characters. Their stories have been filtered down to a series of quotes and dates to be memorized by students, while their incredible true lives are left in the shadows of history, never to be seen or heard from again.
At its best, mainstream American history is boring, and at its worst it is a blatant lie. This is by no means an accident. The folks who run our society don’t want us to know the true history of our origins. They don’t want to fill our heads with adventurous stories of underdogs and rebels fighting for their freedoms against all odds, and they certainly don’t want us to see how the elites themselves came to power.
The powers that be want to neuter the epic stories of your ancestors while obscuring their own history, because frankly, they don’t want you to get any crazy ideas. In the words of George Orwell, “Those who control the present, control the past, and those who control the past, control the future.”
But if you want to get to know the real story of America, and see the real heroes who fought for our freedoms, as well the villains who squandered those freedoms, then you’re in for a treat. Below are 8 books that will change everything you know about American history.
[amazon text=American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America&chan=joshua&asin=0143122029]
Most politicians would like you to believe that America has always been one big happy family; full of diversity, tolerance, and patriotism. Nothing could be further from the truth. Colin Woodard’s [amazon text=American Nations&chan=joshua&asin=0143122029] explains how our nation is more of a hodgepodge of competing cultural regions, and has been from the very beginning. He describes in detail, the fascinating origins of each nation, their conflicts and alliances, and how they continue to live on into the present day.
[amazon text=The Creature from Jekyll Island&chan=joshua&asin=0912986212]
Coming in at over 600 pages, [amazon text=The Creature from Jekyll Island&chan=joshua&asin=0912986212] is a surprisingly smooth read, which seamlessly describes the creation of The Federal Reserve, and its consequences. If you ever wanted to know the origins of the booms and busts that our economy frequently endures, what causes our inflation, fuels our wars, and creates such an unequal society, this is a must read.
[amazon text=War is a Racket&chan=joshua&asin=0922915865]
To this day, the story of Smedly Butler is a shocking one. This is a man who was once the most decorated Marine in American History, who led his men into numerous battles in the Caribbean, China, Philippines, and France, and who eventually rose to the rank of major general. Despite this record, he eventually went on to buck the system, becoming an ardent critic of America’s foreign policy, and may have stopped a potential fascist coup against the United States Government (well, stopped it until now anyway). It’s hard to imagine any of America’s current generals ever doing the same.
Originally published in 1935, his groundbreaking book [amazon text=War is a Racket&chan=joshua&asin=0922915865], established the nature of the military-industrial-complex decades before Eisenhower’s famous speech. He even goes on to describe the role he played in this vicious racket, which continues unabated to this day.
I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”
[amazon text=Confessions of an Economic Hitman&chan=joshua&asin=0452287081]
Like Smedly Butler, John Perkins was also an insider who decided to revolt against the system. [amazon text=Confessions of an Economic Hitman&chan=joshua&asin=0452287081] details his story as an economic planner for an international consulting firm. His job was to visit third world nations, and offer loans to fund various infrastructure projects like roads, dams, and power plants. The only catch was that these loans would be nearly impossible for these governments to repay. And as you might expect, the taxpayers of these nations were saddled up with the bill.
In the end, these nations would be left bankrupt and destitute. Their resources and infrastructure would be sold for pennies on the dollar, as their leaders were forced hand over the reins to the IMF, the World Bank, and the United States. This underhanded tactic allowed to United States to bloodlessly conquer numerous nations, and turn them into pawns of the empire.
[amazon text=A Renegade History of the United States&chan=joshua&asin=1416576134]
Most of us can list a number of big players in American history, like politicians, generals, and industrialists. But what about the little people? What about us?
For the most part history is written in a very top-down style where the famous and influential steal the thunder, while the people who till the farms, work the factories, and fight the battles are often disregarded as mere statistics. This is a huge oversight, since history consists of the actions of every one of us.
[amazon text=A Renegade History of the United States&chan=joshua&asin=1416576134] seeks to remedy that oversight, by telling our history from the bottom up. It reveals how the poor, the outcasts, and the criminals of America helped build our society, and how they fought to achieve many of the freedoms we enjoy today. It is probably the most un-PC history book ever written, and is sure to offend the sensibilities of every reader, whether they be conservative, liberal, or anything in-between.
The Wall Street Trilogy
Anthony C. Sutton should be regarded as one of the most important historians of our time, despite not being a household name. He has written three books that explain the extant of Wall Street’s influence on global events, including [amazon text=Wall Street and FDR&chan=joshua&asin=1905570716],[amazon text= Wall Street and Bolshevik Revolution&chan=joshua&asin=190557035X], and [amazon text=Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler&chan=joshua&asin=0945001533]. He connects original documents, personal papers, and mainstream history in a way that paints a horrifying picture of the financial elite, and the true depths of their power.
These powerful books explain how Wall Street used their money and influence to impose three unique forms of socialism on The United States, Russia, and Germany, thus allowing them to puppeteer these global powers for their own benefit. If you want to learn the real story of how the United States rose to power in the 20th century, and who really calls the shots in America in today, then you won’t want to miss Anthony C. Sutton’s in depth analysis.
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