Book Review: 1913 by Oliver Demille

I just finished the book 1913 by Oliver DeMille and really appreciated how easy it was to read, grasp the facts, and understand the underlying principles.  In this book Oliver discusses the impact of three events that happened without much fanfare in 1913, and a fourth in 1936, that dramatically changed the course of freedom in America.

I believe anyone could read this book and understand it, regardless of their prior knowledge in history, political science, or civics. I also think everyone should read this book regardless of their level of interest in history or politics. As Oliver writes, it’s our duty as Free citizens to study and understand our government and its history.

The less we understanding our governing systems…the less free we will become.

This is a book for everyone. It does a nice job framing how our governing bodies at local, state, and national levels are supposed to work together and all the checks that were in place to keep our federal government from encroaching into areas beyond its original intent.  The writing style is very accessible which makes it a great tool for a widespread education platform like LIFE.

Once you get the principle framework of how our government ‘should’ work, you can apply those principles into scenarios and have informed opinions. Here’s an example; with the elections this year people are becoming more vocal about their opinions on government policy and operations. I saw a comment where someone thought the process of using the Electoral College was unfair and the winner of the presidential election should be based on popular vote across the entire US. The process of electing a president in the US is never discussed in Demille’s book, but, after gaining some basic understanding of our systems you can easily see how a ‘popular vote’ model for electing a president doesn’t resemble the representative form of government our founders had in mind. A popular vote may sound good initially, but there are principles that America was founded on and (is supposed to) operate on that refute the concept.

Very simply, this is a great read.  Great to share with family and friends.  This will be a required read for all our kids, aged 12 and older.


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