The Miracle of Freedom: Seven Tipping Points That Saved the World Hardcover – 3 Jun 2011
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"If you're worried about the loss of freedom at home, and the attacks on Israel abroad, this important book should only reaffirm our commitment to stand tall.This is one of the best history books I ve ever read...Every library in America should have this history book in it. Unbelievable. You ll love it. Glenn Beck--Glenn Beck"
About the Author
Chris Stewart is a bestselling author who has published more than a dozen books. He is a world-record-setting Air Force pilot and president and CEO of The Shipley Group, a nationally recognized consulting and training company.
Ted Stewart was appointed as a United States District Court Judge in 1999 by President Bill Clinton. Prior to that, he served as chief of staff to Governor Michael O. Leavitt and in various executive positions in government.
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To begin, the authors are religious and tend to hold a fervently American bias, and this is not shied away from in their examination. As they say, they believe in "American Exceptionalism", and for good reason as argued in their previous book. America is where the greatest and most wide-spread improvement in the human condition has taken place. The Stewart brothers attribute this to a number of factors, and the most important is America's foundation of freedom.
With a book titled "The Miracle of Freedom," the reader would reasonably ask, "What is freedom?" The authors don't give a definitive answer, and rather ask readers to envision a world without it--what would it be like to live in a world without democratic governments or rule of law, without justice or equality, without free nations defending against tyranny and oppression. In short, the concept of freedom is rather assumed, which might lead to ambiguity and debate. Generally, a clear definition in the style of Hayek or Mill is not necessary for the purpose of this book. The fact that it is assumed means that the authors must have concluded that Americans inherently know what it is to be free, perhaps based on their traditions, perhaps due to more spiritual reasons.
The authors do make it clear that (1) freedom is rare--in all of history, a small fraction of a percentage of humanity has lived under free circumstances, (2) freedom is costly to achieve--in war and sacrifice that are needed to fight the natural tendency of the world, and (3) freedom is fragile--that we may be used to living free, but that it can diminish abruptly.
By the title, one also might assume that there is a religious component to the argument. And, though the authors are forthcoming about their religiosity, this book does not rely on the description and analysis of miracles in the way that their previous book did. This is a more objective view of the historical events that have shaped the world, and can certainly be appreciated by anyone interested in history--secular or religious. Still, one would do well to prepare for a reading that does not make apologies for religion or a religious worldview.
One could contest the methodology of the book (i.e., what of the similarly "unlikely" events that have occurred in opposition to freedom?), but that would be to miss the point. This book presents a mind-boggling view of perhaps the most significant events in history, and assembles them under the pretext of a march toward freedom and virtue. It would be a great companion to another recent book on the history of economics and social order, Juggernaut: Why the System Crushes the Only People Who Can Save It. Both are refreshing and invigorating perspectives in this sometimes troubling political and cultural climate.
I believe that we are at a "tipping point" in history. What happens in the next few years will have a major impact for many generations to come.
It is true that freedom isn't free.
It is also true that freedom doesn't just evolve or just happen.
The authors make a convincing case for seven tipping points that saved the world for freedom.The key question, is which way will number eight tip?
They claim that there are series of critical events, a sort of crossroad points that lead to different outcomes, and resulted then to the world/societies where we live now.
The authors mention and discuss about the 7 tipping points in history (the crossroads) which are:
1. The defeat of the Assyrians in their quest to destroy the kingdom of Judah
2. The victory of the Greeks over the Persians at Thermopylae and Salamis
3. Roman Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity
4. The defeat of the armies of Islam at Poitiers
5. The failure of the Mongols in their effort to conquer Europe
6. The discovery of the New World
7. The Battle of Britain in World War II
Their arguments are believable, and knowing something about the history, their point of view is very believable. I would recommend this to readers who are looking for historical reviews, books and also those who are interested in how the world became to be as it is now. This book was very enjoyable reading.
Telling the story of history and using a story line of a fictional character at the time made the book exciting and very readable.
However, sometimes I got a little confused and had to refer back to previous sections of a particular chapter.
If they come out with another edition I would recommend a time line at the front, much like a time line one would find at the front of the Bible. (I'm very visual.)
But it is a real eye opener of what the world might be like without these Tipping points. And, in fact, looking at the world today, I wonder, are we at another great tipping point? Can Freedom really last?
And lastly, it is a sad tell, the horrific dark side of humanity. Over and over again there are those who did and those who will seek power and glory and riches at the expense of every human being on the planet. It is clear that that will never change. Just look at the 20th Century; Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Che Guevara, Mao. It's a Miracle that the entire world is not enslaved already.
Read it to be informed. Read it to be forearmed. Read it to be vigilant.