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Monday, March 18, 2013

Who Are Real American Heroes?

A very useful new book to give to all the students in your family is called The Politically Incorrect Guide to Real American Heroes by Brion McClanahan. This book gives a couple of pages of history about dozens of American heroes, whose lives would be inspiring to young Americans. Some of them are well known, such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. But many of them are virtually unknown to the general public. In fact, the history taught in high schools today is so inadequate that kids may not even have a good idea of George Washington's accomplishments and why he a genuine hero. This author has selected an assortment of heroes from various time periods in a variety of professions whose stories are inspiring and will instill pride in young Americans. Author McClanahan believes that the quintessential American characteristics that led to making a hero are dedication, bravery, individual responsibility, self-discipline, and self reliance. Unfortunately, some of the characteristics that previously made men heroic are now viewed negatively, or simply quaint and out of date.

Here's a sampling of who are the heroes described in this book whom you might not expect to be included: Robert E. Lee who led the South in battle, Juliette Gordon Low who founded the Girl Scouts, John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie (two fabulously successful businessmen who dedicated so much of their fortunes to making this a better country. The author also has an interesting section called "Frauds," which exposes some people who achieved fame and a large following but who do not deserve to be called heroes. You will have to read the book to find out who they are. The title of this provocative book is The Politically Incorrect Guide to Real American Heroes by Brion McClanahan.

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