Born Fighting by Jim Webb audiobook

Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America

By Jim Webb
Read by  Allan Robertson

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The Scots-Irish comrpised forty percent of the Revolutionary War army. They were pioneers like Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, Davy Crockett, and Sam Houston. They were the writers Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain. And they have given America numerous military leaders, including Stonewall Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Audie Murphy, and George S. Patton. Born Fighting illustrates how the Scots-Irish redefined American politics, creating the populist movement and giving the country a dozen presidents, including Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. And it explores how the Scots-Irish culture of isolation, hard luck, stubbornness, and mistrust of the nation’s elite formed and still dominates blue-collar America, the military services, the Bible Belt, and country music. Both a distinguished work of cultural history and a human drama that speaks straight to the heart of contemporary America, Born Fighting reintroduces America to its most powerful, patriotic, and individualistic cultural group—one too often ignored or taken for granted.

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The Scots-Irish comrpised forty percent of the Revolutionary War army. They were pioneers like Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, Davy Crockett, and Sam Houston. They were the writers Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain. And they have given America numerous military leaders, including Stonewall Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Audie Murphy, and George S. Patton. Born Fighting illustrates how the Scots-Irish redefined American politics, creating the populist movement and giving the country a dozen presidents, including Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. And it explores how the Scots-Irish culture of isolation, hard luck, stubbornness, and mistrust of the nation’s elite formed and still dominates blue-collar America, the military services, the Bible Belt, and country music.

Both a distinguished work of cultural history and a human drama that speaks straight to the heart of contemporary America, Born Fighting reintroduces America to its most powerful, patriotic, and individualistic cultural group—one too often ignored or taken for granted.

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Editorial Reviews

“A bombshell, or else the most brilliant battle flare ever launched by a book. James Webb reveals the all-but-invisible ethnic group that has created the core beliefs of democracy American style: our rights come from God, not the Government; all of us are born equal, and ‘born aristocrats’ don’t exist…He has written not only an engrossing story but also an important work of sociological history.” Tom Wolfe, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“James Webb has written what may be the first of its kind: a scholarly book that polishes the tarnished image of America’s bubbas and rednecks…provocative.” Houston Chronicle
“In telling the story of the Scots-Irish in America as a robust and passionate tale, novelist Webb writes straightforward, no-nonsense, readable history.” Booklist (starred review)
“Pugnacious, bibulous, pious: the Scots-Irish have fueled stereotypes and filled the White House, to say nothing of the ranks of the military…Webb does a fine job of tracing the Scots-Irish—mostly Scottish Presbyterians first transplanted to Ulster, then to the American colonies—from antiquity to the American Revolution.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Jim Webb

Author Bio: Jim Webb

Jim Webb is an Emmy Award–winning journalist and the author of several books. As a Marine in Vietnam he received the nation’s second and third highest awards for combat heroism. He served as Assistant Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy during the Reagan administration. From 2007–2013 he represented Virginia in the US Senate.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 13.00
Audience: Adult
Language: English