I have only read 53 pages of this book and I don't thing I can get any farther. It is a Neo-Conservative screed. Let me get this straight: in the prologue and chapter one the author claims all the world?s present problems are a direct result of Woodrow Wilson, a "progressive" the author points out, because he took us into World War One. World War One occurred because of Napoleon?s ravaging of the European country side. World War One marked the end of a glorious era of peace that began after the defeat of Napoleon. Laissez-faire was introduced and okay until liberals got the government involved. The unification of Italy and Germany caused their farmers and workers to demand ever higher tariffs on foreign products. This led to an arms race.
In late 19th century American ?progressive? Ida M. Tarbell wrote a worshipful biography of Napoleon and therefore American ?progressives? had a blind spot for the perils of political power.
There were entangling alliances, secret treaties and national hatreds, then fatal miscalculations.
Author Jim Powell?s bold assessment on page 52: "None of this was inevitable. If the horrors of the Napoleonic Wars had remained fresh in people?s minds?rather than having conquests glorified by ?progressives??and if the laissez-faire policies of Richard Cobden and John Bright had been continued, there never would have been a world war.?
The author always puts 'progressive' in quotes. Though it contains facts, their presentation is really slanted and I would be extremely hesitant in using it in any history class, or any other class except for one on propaganda.