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  • Anton Chaitkin is an intrepid researcher. His book Treason in America is on my top ten for anyone who wants to understand the true nature of American history.

    With his new offering, Chaitkin reminds us of the great promise that America offers to the world as a beacon of light, no matter how dark things get.

  • This is the most important book I have ever read. A work of immense scholarship, while silent regarding our current plight, it points the United States (and the West) toward salvation. It does so by providing specific examples of how, and by whom the earlier United States coped with, and largely overcame, the forces of empire within.

  • This brilliant book is revelation upon revelation. Who knew of earlier U.S. struggles of justice vs. empire/bribery/slavery, or that Benjamin Franklin’s 1771 visit to Ireland had such profound consequences for Ireland and the United States? Who knew Irish Catholic Matthew Carey, a writer at fifteen for the Irish patriots’ Hibernian Journal, became a writer for Franklin in Paris, and from there to Philadelphia where he played key roles thenceforth in shaping the American System in close association with Alexander Hamilton and others?

  • Don’t think of this as American economics history. I never had any interest in economics, but I’ve always loved history, and this history book is a page-turner.

    Basing his history on primary sources, Chaitkin is a superb teacher, showing how capitalism driven by greed produced British colonialism and the slave trade, while capitalism guided by moral principle–aimed at the betterment of humankind worldwide–is the engine that made the United States the wealthiest, most productive nation in history.

    This book is easy to read because it’s not a story of competing philosophies but of competing individuals with very different loyalties. And it’s lean. Chaitkin packs it with first-person quotes from letters and other sources, fully documented. The footnotes, dovetailed into the bottom of the pages, are full of their own relevant content (don’t skip them!).

    What I enjoyed the most is the way he highlights the connections between people. Did anyone else know that Henry Clay was the ward of a collaborator of Benjamin Franklin’s, who (Clay) then taught law in Lexington, KY’s Transylvania University, and that one of his students was Robert Todd, Abraham Lincoln’s future father-in-law? This book similarly connects many people horizontally. But the story also runs vertically through the generations, like pushing tree roots through layers of American history, joining us to the bedrock of our founding fathers.

    Chaitkin has even gotten me interested in the economics! I highly recommend this volume, and I’m looking forward to Chaitkin publishing Volume 2.