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The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment book Thom Hartman

The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment

Thom Hartmann, the most popular progressive radio host in America and a New York Times bestselling author, looks at the real history of guns in America and what we can do to limit both their lethal impact and the power of the gun lobby. 

Taking his typically in-depth, historically informed view, Thom Hartmann examines the brutal role guns have played in American history, from the genocide of the Native Americans to the enforcement of slavery (Slave Patrols are in fact the Second Amendment's “well-regulated militias”) and the racist post–Civil War social order. He shows how the NRA and conservative Supreme Court justices used specious logic to invent a virtually unlimited individual right to own guns, which has enabled the ever-growing number of mass shootings in the United States. But Hartmann also identifies a handful of powerful, commonsense solutions that would break the power of the gun lobby and restore the understanding of the Second Amendment that the Framers of the Constitution intended. This is the kind of brief, brilliant analysis for which Hartmann is justly renowned.

About Thom Hartmann's Hidden History Series

The Hidden History Series includes ten paramount and timely books that break down the biggest obstacles of today, placing them in historic context and providing real, tangible calls to action both for individuals and society at large. Each book concisely addresses these pressing current issues and offers a set of solutions with “roadmaps” for individuals and communities to follow to create a more equitable and prosperous economy and a safer, more just society for all.

Thom is an adept, renowned author and researcher; his book Rebooting The American Dream so inspired Senator Bernie Sanders that he wrote a cover letter to accompany the delivery of the book to his 99 colleagues in the United States Senate, and he read from it extensively on the floor of the Senate during his famous filibuster. Now, Thom will lay out the ways in which inequality in America has shifted over the last 50 years and identify a handful of sensical, powerful solutions that address these issues at different levels, such as getting money out of politics, addressing social despair and economic inequality, strengthening democratic institutions of governance, and fighting fear.

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What People Are Saying

“If every American were to read this book...we might just find the common ground that so frequently eludes us.”

—John Nichols, National Affairs Correspondent, The Nation

“Truly a tour de force in a quick read. I’m a gun control skeptic, but I'll admit, Hartmann’s book blew me away.”

—Greg Palast, Puffin Foundation fellow in investigative reporting and author of the New York Times bestseller The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

“Brief yet definitive. I couldn’t put it down. And now I can’t stop thinking about it."

—Scott Carter, playwright (Discord, C.3.3) and Executive Producer, Real Time with Bill Maher

“Important, mind-opening, and profoundly helpful.”

—Marianne Williamson

“This book should be required reading for every legislator.”

—Earl Katz, political ethicist and Emmy-nominated documentary producer

“Illuminating, infuriating, and motivating. This book should be required reading for every high school student—and member of Congress.”

—Medea Benjamin, author and cofounder of CODEPINK

About Thom Hartmann

Thom Hartmann is a progressive national and internationally syndicated talk show host whose shows are available in over a half-billion homes worldwide. He is a four-time Project Censored, Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of 25 books currently in print in over a dozen languages on five continents.

Talkers Magazine named Thom Hartmann as the most important progressive talk show host in America for the past decade, and for three of the past five years, the #1 most important progressive host on their “Heavy Hundred” ranking. His radio show is syndicated on for-profit radio stations nationwide by WYD Media, on non-profit and community stations nationwide by Pacifica, across the entire North American continent on SiriusXM Satellite radio, and on cable systems nationwide by Cable Radio Network (CRN) and Free Speech TV. Furthermore the show is broadcast on its own YouTube channel, via subscription podcasts, worldwide through the US American Forces Network, and through the Thom Hartmann App in the App Store. It is also simulcast as TV in realtime into nearly 60 million US and Canadian homes by the Free Speech TV Network on Dish Network, DirectTV, and cable TV systems nationwide.

As an entrepreneur, Hartmann has founded several successful businesses which still are operating, and he has lived and worked with his wife, Louise, and their three (now adult) children on several continents. He was born and grew up in Michigan and retains strong ties to the Midwest, although he and Louise have lived in New Hampshire, Vermont, Georgia, Germany, Washington DC, and Oregon.

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Coming Soon: The Hidden History of the Supreme Court

Thom Hartmann the Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America

Taking his typically in-depth, historically-informed view, Thom Hartmann asks, "What if the Supreme Court didn’t have the power to strike down laws?" According to the Constitution, it doesn’t. From the founding of the republic until 1803, the Supreme Court was the final court of appeals, as it was always meant to be. So where did the concept of judicial review start? As so much of modern American history, it began with the battle between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, and with Marbury v. Madison.

Hartmann argues it is not the role of the Supreme Court to decide what the law is but rather the duty of the people themselves. He lays out the history of the Supreme Court of the United States, since Alexander Hamilton’s defense to modern-day debates, with key examples of cases where the Supreme Court overstepped its constitutional powers. The ultimate remedy to the Supreme Court’s abuse of power is with the people—the ultimate arbiter of the law—using the ballot box. America does not belong to the kings and queens; it belongs to the people.

The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America $15 (192p) 978-1-5230-8594-1; Oct. 2019  

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