There has been a lot going on in our country over the past 235 years. Our country is still quite young and has gone a long way in a short amount of time. But has she headed in the direction that our forefather's intended? Join me, Gary Freeman, as we talk with New York Times #1 bestselling author Larry Schweikart, author of The Patriot's History Reader. Click past the jump to hear this special, Independence Day weekend interview. Thanks for listening!





In his #1 bestseller, A Patriot’s History of the Unites States, conservative historian Larry Schweikart laid out a stalwart defense of America exceptionalism. Now, his new book THE PATRIOT’S HISTORY READER (Sentinel; June 28) continues that tradition by returning to the original sources that informed it. Schweikart compiles and explains the most influential documents from American history—those that have both informed and heralded, time and time again, the very principles and personalities that have made America truly great.

A unique collection of unparalleled documents, THE PATRIOT’S HISTORY READER reveals the American way by shedding new light upon its defining moments. Schweikart takes readers on an in-depth journey through American history, from the events leading to its inception to the present-day. He navigates through both familiar documents as well as those that, while perhaps lesser known, were equally as formative. For example:

■            The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, 1781

■            The Missouri Enabling Act, 1820

■            Plessy v. Ferguson, 1896

■            Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Date Which Will Live in Infamy” Speech, 1941

■            John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, 1961

■            Barack Obama’s “A New Beginning” Speech, 2009

His in-depth commentary offers readers a contextual lens through which they can cultivate a more perfect understanding of the revolutionary principles that make America exceptional. Written in Schweikart’s signature style, it is sure to delight his dedicated fans and anyone looking for clarity in a time of chaos.

Larry Schweikart is the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller A Patriot’s History of the United States and the author of 48 Liberal Lies About American History, Seven Events that Made America America, and most recently What Would the Founders Say. A professor of history at the University of Dayton, he has appeared as a guest commentator on Fox News and has written many academic books and articles on national defense, business, and financial history. Visit for more information.